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Tag Archives: Chao Ga

Thanksgiving Leftovers as Vietnamese Rice Porridge – Cháo Gà Lôi

25 Nov

I eat Thanksgiving dishes once, maybe two times per year and make the most of it. Still, with piles of leftovers, I can only make a Thanksgiving plate so many times. My side of the family had an early Thanksgiving before the one we host at our home with my husband’s family, so today would have been day four of Thanksgiving on repeat. No thanks.

My daughter and I are also a little under the weather, so I decided to make a pot of turkey cháo, Vietnamese rice porridge. My mother in law calls turkey gà lôi, or a “dragging chicken”. As in, a chicken too big to carry, so instead, drag.

Whatever you call it, turkey cháo is delicious.

Chao gà turkey rice porridge recipe

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Down With the Sickness

26 Jan

I may finally succumb to the sickness, but not without a fight. Chao Ga (Rice Porridge with Chicken) is like the Chicken Noodle Soup of Vietnamese home cooking and is easier to take down when you need to eat but don’t much feel like it. Fortunately, Chao is made from staple ingredients that I had on hand and only takes an hour to cook.

Chao Ga (Rice Porridge with Chicken)

1 quart chicken broth (low sodium if you’ve got it, otherwise reduce other salty ingredients)

2 quarts water

1 or 2 chicken breasts (bone in dark meat is better, but didn’t have any on hand)

1 cup Jasmine rice

1 tbs minced ginger

1 shallot, minced

1 – 3 tbs fish sauce

1 tbs sugar

1 tbs mushroom seasoning (or less salt if you don’t have the seasoning)

Chao Ga ingredients

Chao Ga ingredients – household items that are more than likely in your cupboard.

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