Recently the weather had been really hot, and it was difficult to think of lunch…
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which is great for cold weathers or when you just want a light meal.
I remember one of my favourite food to eat, when I was a child, was shredded chicken porridge. It’s actually feels good to think back on older times when things are much simpler 🙂
Despite it being ordinary homecooked fare, I recall fondly the taste of the shredded chicken in the flavorful porridge, drizzled with a little fragrant sesame oil and spring onions.
It would be quite right to say that we really enjoy having porridge on cold days! Or when we are feeling a little under the weather, or probably just want to eat something light.
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Why Would It Be Easy To Cook?
For me, I love cooking this shredded chicken porridge for the kids because it frees up much of your preparation and cook time!
The chicken and rice porridge would be cooked separately:
- Chicken Stock: First, prepare the chicken stock to be used to cook the porridge. If you do not have time to make the stock, that’s okay too. You can use water to cook the porridge, add in some salt to taste towards the end of the cooking. Or, use store bought chicken stock.
- Shredded Chicken: We will just need to steam the entire chicken breast. Easy!
- Porridge: While you’re steaming the chicken, you can also boil and simmer the porridge over the stove at the same time. Or, if you have a thermal pot, it will make things much easier too! Simply boil the porridge in the inner pot for about 20 mins, move the inner pot to outer pot and store it until it’s time to serve. If the water dries out in the thermal pot, simply add in more water to your preference and boil briefly again on stove before serving.
Freezing Rice Grains
A shortcut tip to cooking porridge would be to freeze the rice grains after washing and draining.
This helps to break down the grains for a smoother pot of porridge. The cooking time can also be shortened this way.
What To Serve With This Easy Chicken Porridge?
You can crack an egg into the serving bowl before ladling in the porridge (optional). That will be a soft boiled egg this way, which tastes great when mixed into the smooth porridge.
Otherwise, you can also serve braised peanuts together with the porridge. Sprinkle some cut spring onions, fragrant sesame oil and white pepper before serving.