Servings: 4
uncooked jasmine rice
whole chicken
fresh ginger root
lemon grass, chopped
salt, or to taste
chopped cilantro
chopped fresh chives
ground black pepper to taste
lime, cut into 8 wedges
Vietnamese Chicken and Long-Grain Rice Congee
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  1. Place chicken in a stock pot. Pour in enough water to cover chicken. Add ginger, lemon grass, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and gently simmer for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Strain broth, and return broth to stock pot. Let chicken cool, then remove bones and skin, and tear into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  3. Stir rice into broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If necessary, adjust with water or additional salt. The congee is done, but can be left to cook an additional 45 minutes for better consistency.
  4. Ladle congee into bowls, and top with chicken, cilantro, chives, and pepper. Squeeze lime juice to taste.