RINSE the rice: Place the rice in a large strainer or colander and rinse it under cool water. The water running through the rice will usually look milky at first, but will then become clearer. It's fine if there's still some haze in the water.
COMBINE the rice and cooking liquid in the saucepan. If you're using any chicken bones, add them to the saucepan.
BRING to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and partially cover.
CONTINUE simmering for about 1 ½ hours: Stir the congee
occasionally during cooking - this will make it more creamy. If the porridge is getting a little stiff, or if you'd like a looser porridge, add more cooking liquid. The congee is ready when the rice is as soft and porridgy as you prefer.
REMOVE any bones and shred the meat: If you used any chicken bones, pull them out of the congee. Shred the meat and stir it back into the congee.
SERVE the congee: Ladle the congee into individual bowls and garnish with whatever toppings you like.