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Chicken Congee (with Dried Scallops)

Chicken Congee (with Dried Scallops) - Chinese Recipes For All

This is one of those really hearty low-maintenance recipes. Perfect for a cold day or if you're feeling under the weather.

You won't regret learning this one. It's a really traditional Chinese recipe. Culturally Chinese eat congee for breakfast, but really we say just eat it as and when you feel like it. This one you have to simmer for a while but it's really low maintenance.

Time: Prep 5 mins / Cooking 90 mins

Difficulty: Easy



Serves 2

  • 100g long grain rice
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 30g dried scallop (optional)
  • 1000ml boiled water
  • 1-2 slices, ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper, to taste
  • 1 spring onion, sliced

Watch how we make it:



Boil the kettle. If using dried scallop pour a little warm-hot water onto them for 3 minutes. Use your hands to break each scallop apart into strands.


Cut ginger and spring onions into slices. Slice the chicken breasts.

Ready? Let's cook!


Add water, rice and ginger into a saucepan on high heat. Stir it a little until it starts simmering.


Add chicken and scallops and stir until it simmers again. Turn down to low-medium heat. Place the lid on at an angle leaving room for steam to escape.


Simmer for 60-90 minutes. Give the congee a stir every 20 minutes. You want to cook it till it feels creamy, like a thick soup. If you like it thicker, simmer for full 90 minutes.


Add salt and white pepper and stir in.


Serve with spring onion and soy sauce on the side to add to taste.

Done! 祝您好胃口!

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