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Chicken congee – The best Asian breakfast you can eat

I love an Asian breakfast, mostly because in Asia there tends to be less discrimination against what is a breakfast food and what is not. You can have rice, you can have noodles – you can have pretty much anything.

Rice congee is one of my favourites. I make it with brown rice, rather than the traditional white, so that I stick to my paleo rules and it’s so simple to make in the morning – you can leave it on while you’re in the shower and it doesn’t burn or spoil. Brown rice also has one additional advantage – it doesn’t go gloopy the way that white rice does.

If you’re cold during the winter mornings, this is the one to heat you up!


Cooking Time: 15mins

Prep Time: 10mins

Serves: 1


  • Cooked chicken – 120g
  • Brown rice – 1/2 cup
  • Chicken stock – 1 cup
  • Star anise x 1 whole
  • Chinese 5 spice – pinch
  • Fish sauce – 1 teaspoon


  1. Start with pre-cooked brown rice, and a cooked chicken that you’ve already shredded – I recommend you do this early in the week and not first thing in the morning and then it’s ready for the week
  2. Add the chicken stock to two cups of water
  3. Add the fish sauce, star anise and Chinese 5 spice to the pot and stir
  4. Add brown rice, chicken and bring the congee to the boil
  5. When boiling, turn down to low / medium heat and let it cook together for 10mins and then you’re done!

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