During these cold, dark winter months all we want is something warm and yummy. Also, something low maintenance that we can just set and forget.

Traditional Chinese Congee is simple to make and when made in the slow cooker, you can add all the ingredients and just let it do its thing for the day.

I like using Congee as a way to help get through a cold or flu. It’s incredibly warming and has lots of natural goodness that helps boost your immune system when it needs a little extra support.


Try this recipe:


  • 8 cups of chicken bone broth
  • 1 cup of white rice (preferably Jasmine)
  • Lots of garlic, ginger, turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional protein – Chicken or other preference
  • Optional veggies – Edamame and scallions/green onions


  1. Place all ingredients (except the protein) into a large slow cooker.
  2. Cook either on the high setting for 5 hours or the low setting for 8 hours.
  3. If adding chicken add in and cook with the congee. Pull chicken and place in the slow cooker.
  4. Stir congee (make sure you give it a good stir and scrape the bottom).
  5. Serve hot with desired protein on top.

Enjoy this on a cold wintery day!


P.S. Check out this reel for some TCM warming tips (including Chinese Congee) if you’re feeling the early signs of a cold or flu.

P.P.S For even more on using TCM to bust your cold or flu, check out last week’s blog post!

A steaming bowl of congee