Cháo & Gỏi Gà Instant Pot (Vietnamese Chicken Porridge & Salad)

  • Servings: 4 or more bowls
  • Difficulty: Easy Peasy
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Author: Katie Le | Katie’s Test Kitchen


    Chicken porridge:
  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 3/4 cup of jasmine rice, – 1/4 cup of sweet/glutinous rice (washed well)
  • 1 knob of ginger (peeled and halved)
  • 1 onion (white or yellow)
  • 2 shallots
  • 4 tbsp of Quoc Viet Chicken Soup Base
  • 8-10 cups of water depending on your thickness preference (Tip: use boiling water to speed up pressure building time)
  • fish sauce, mushroom seasoning, salt, sugar (optional if needed to taste)
  • Chicken salad:
  • 1 white onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 a green or purple cabbage (finely shredded)
  • a handful of Vietnamese coriander/rau ram (chopped)
  • fried shallot (optional)
  • Salad Dressing:
  • 1/2 knob of ginger (finely chopped and smashed)
  • about 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp of good fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • Garnishes:
  • chopped onion and cilantro
  • black pepper
  • chili
  • fried shallot



    1. Wash chicken with salt and trim fat/skin as need.  Add chicken to inner pot along with 1 onion, 2 shallots, ginger, and 2 tbsp of Quoc Viet Chicken Soup Base.  Pour 8 cups of boiling water to cover ingredients.  Select Manual/Pressure Cook, 8 minutes, 5 minutes NPR.

    2. While chicken is being cooked, make salad dressing my mixing fish sauce, sugar and lime juice.  Adjust to your taste by adding more or less of each.  Add smashed ginger and minced garlic. Set aside.

    3. Once cook time is over, wait an additional 5 minutes (5 minutes NPR), then slowly turn knob to Venting to manually release remaining pressure.  Pull chicken out and immediately flush it with cold sink water.  This step prevents the chicken from being over cooked and turning brown.  Drain and set chicken aside to cool.  Remove onion and shallots from chicken broth.  Add rice and 2 tbsp of Quoc Viet Chicken Soup Base.  Give it a quick stir and close lid.  Make sure knob is on Sealing again and select, Porridge, adjust to 18 minutes.  Full NPR.

    4. While the rice is being cooked, shred chicken and mix with cabbage, slice onion, and chopped Vietnamese coriander.  Drizzle dressing on top and toss to combine.  Optional to set aside some chicken to add directly to your porridge bowl and set aside some dressing as dipping sauce.  Let salad sits for about 15 minutes.  Optional to add fried shallot on top before serving.

    5. Once all the pressure released (full NPR), open lid and give porridge a good stir.  Check for thickness consistency to see if it’s to your liking.  If you like porridge to be more loose then add more boiling water and adjust the taste with salt, fish sauce, sugar, mushroom seasoning… etc.

    6. When ready to serve, add chopped onion and cilantro (and fried shallot if your like) on top of porridge.  Spice it up by adding ground black pepper and hot chili.  Chicken salad is served on the side.



    15 Comments on “Cháo & Gỏi Gà Instant Pot (Vietnamese Chicken Porridge & Salad)”

    1. Hi! Would love to make this but there isn’t a market by me that has Vietnamese coriander. Is there a good substitute for it or can I omit? Or is it a must?

      Thank you!

    2. Cooked this today and turned out very delicious,perfect for a cold an rainy day!loved your website and thanks Katie 😍

    3. Recipe was great but how do you manually release without making a mess? Lol my whole counter got sprayed 😭

      • Hi Bambie, did you mean when you release pressure to pull the chicken out? If so, do it gently and slowly. Wiggle the knob to Venting and back to Sealing a few times at first. Don’t just leave it on Venting when you first do the manual release. This knob is very sensitive. A few wiggles and you can let the steam out. Unfortunately since the chicken is inside we have to get it out otherwise it will overcook. If this manual release is for the porridge part then I don’t recommend doing it. For beans or porridge (starchy food) it’s best to let the IP release the pressure on its own (in Step 5 – Full NPR). It could take 30 mins to over an hour depending on how much is inside but it will keep your kitchen cleaner this way. Hope this helps!

    4. I enjoy making all of your recipes. They really got me started cooking more at home, especially with my IP. So far they all turned out really well and my hubby enjoyed them all. Can’t wait for new recipes from you. 🙂

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