Chinese Chicken Congee with Crispy Shallots, Crispy Garlic, and Sesame Oil (Emeril Lagasse) Recipe

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Chinese Chicken Congee with Crispy Shallots, Crispy Garlic, and Sesame Oil (Emeril Lagasse)
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  1. In a large soup or stockpot combine the chicken pieces, chicken necks, ginger, crushed scallions, smashed garlic and 4 quarts of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the chicken is fall-from-the-bone-tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve and set the chicken pieces aside to cool. Skim and discard any foam or fat that has accumulated on the top of the broth and add water, if needed, to bring the volume back up to 4 quarts. Discard the chicken necks and other solids. Return the chicken broth to the soup pot and add the rice. Return the pot to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is completely broken down and the liquid has thickened to a porridge-like consistency, about 2 1/2 hours. (Note: take care during the last half hour of cooking that the soup does not scorch on the bottom. Reduce the heat if necessary and stir often.) The soup should be porridge-like consistency - but if it becomes too thick, add a bit of water as necessary.
  2. While the soup is cooking, remove the chicken meat from the bones once it has cooled and shred the meat into bite size pieces. Reserve. Discard skin and bones.
  3. Heat 2 inches of oil in a medium saucepan and, when hot, fry the shallots until crispy, about 2 minutes. Remove from the oil and transfer to paper-lined plate to drain. Repeat the same process with the sliced garlic - it should cook in about 1 minute - and set aside.
  4. When the soup is ready, serve in shallow bowls, with small bowls of each garnish available so that guests can garnish their soup as desired - with the crispy shallots, crispy garlic, chopped cilantro, sliced scallions, fish sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil each added to individual taste. Garnish each bowl with a lime wedge. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 794.63 Kcal (3327 kJ)
Calories from fat 447.48 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49.72g 76%
Cholesterol 197.27mg 66%
Sodium 455.16mg 19%
Potassium 1031.92mg 22%
Total Carbs 23.92g 8%
Sugars 3.92g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5.74g 23%
Protein 63.8g 128%
Vitamin C 21.5mg 36%
Iron 6.7mg 37%
Calcium 133.2mg 13%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 199.45 Kcal (835 kJ)
Calories from fat 112.31 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.48g 76%
Cholesterol 49.51mg 66%
Sodium 114.24mg 19%
Potassium 259.01mg 22%
Total Carbs 6g 8%
Sugars 0.98g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1.44g 23%
Protein 16.01g 128%
Vitamin C 5.4mg 36%
Iron 1.7mg 37%
Calcium 33.4mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 19.2
  • 21

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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