Bacon and chicken spicy congee with quinoa

Bacon and chicken spicy congee with quinoa! Have you heard of such a dish? This recipe uses a pressure cooker and is quick and easy.

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Chicken and bacon spicy congee with quinoa Gary Lum
Chicken and bacon spicy congee with quinoa

The ultimate comfort food

I think of congee as the ultimate comfort food. It’s also relatively cheap if you use a few cheap cuts of meat and it’s filling.


Bacon and chicken spicy congee with quinoa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

I broke a tooth last night gnawing some meat off a beef short rib. I need soft food. This congee is a perfect soft food. It's also a perfect comfort food. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 3
Calories: 800 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup White quinoa
  • 200 grams Chicken thigh fillets
  • 2 rashers Streaky bacon broken up
  • 1 litre Tap water
  • 1 packet French onion soup mix Sodium reduced
  • 1/2 head Cabbage sliced
  • 1 piece Star anise
  • 1 splash Soy sauce
  1. In the vessel of a pressure cooker add the rice, quinoa and water and then stir

  2. Add the chicken and bacon and stir through

  3. Add the packet of French onion soup and stir through

  4. Add the cabbage and stir through

  5. Add the star anise on top

  6. Close the pressure cooker chamber and set to cook for 30 minutes

  7. Release the pressure once cooked and remove the lid

  8. Stir the congee and break up the chicken meat while stirring

  9. Aliquot into containers for lunch at work

  10. Serve the remainder into a shallow bowl, add the soy sauce and garnish with parsley

  11. Shoot a photograph

  12. Eat the meal

  13. Clean the dishes

  14. Start to feel quite full after the huge size of the bowl of congee eaten and feel a bit thirsty too

  15. Hope that readers like this recipe and share it on social media

Recipe Notes

If you like congee, I think you'll like this recipe. It's easy to put together and cooking in a pressure cooker makes it dead easy 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should you cook congee in a pressure cooker?

I’ve been asked this a few times. I don’t have a mathematical formula. What I know is that for a full chicken, Mum used to cook it for anywhere between 45 and 60 minutes. I figured for 200 grams of chicken thigh meat and some bacon, 30 minutes would be fine. In fact, I think next time I will try 20 minutes to see if there is any difference.

Do you have to use a pressure cooker?

No, not at all. In fact, I like making congee in a slow cooker too. It’s basically the same recipe except you put it in a slow cooker for 6 hours.

What other meat can you use?

Almost any meat you like although I’m not sure how fish would go. Vegetarians can use tofu if they like.

Do you have a slow cooker variation?

Yes, I do. Slow cooker pork quinoa congee.

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