Chicken Arroz Caldo

Chicken Arroz Caldo Recipe

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Vickie Parks


Arroz Caldo (or Congee, in some Asian countries) is a staple recipe in most Filipino households with dozens of recipes to be found that vary by region. It's every bit the comfort food that these favorite one-pot dishes tend to be, and it's especially popular at Christmastime and during colder winter months. Calamansi is a green citrus fruit resembling a small lime, so use 2 small limes if you can't find calamansi in grocery stores. Typically it's not very thick, so you might want to add more liquid if you prefer a more "soupy" texture to porridge-like dishes.


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6 to 8
15 Min
45 Min
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2 Tbsp
vegetable oil
3 clove
piece fresh ginger, peeled and diced (plus 4 to 6 slices, for garnish)
1 medium
shallot, diced
1 pinch
1 lb
boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 c
jasmine rice
5 to 6 c
low-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp
fish sauce
2 sprig(s)
green onions, thinly sliced (for garnish)
calamansi (or 2 small limes)

How to Make Chicken Arroz Caldo


  • 1In a large stock pot, sauté garlic in oil over medium heat and cook until golden brown and crisp, for about 2-3 minutes. Transfer garlic to a paper towel to drain; set aside.
  • 2Add ginger, onion and saffron to the pot and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in the pieces of chicken and brown for 5-6 minutes. Add rice, chicken stock and fish sauce. (If you don't have fish sauce, omit it and just add 2 teaspoons salt.) Cover and bring to a slight boil, then simmer over low heat. Simmer until the chicken and rice are cooked through, stirring frequently, about 25 to 35 minutes. You might prefer to add a little more broth or water, depending on how thick you want it.
  • 3Ladle the caldo into individual bowls. Garnish each serving with the fried garlic and green onion slices. Sprinkle fresh lime (or calamansi) juice on top, and serve.

    Note: It tends to thicken over time, so add a little water when re-heating.

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About Chicken Arroz Caldo

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Filipino

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