Jackie's Tofu and Chicken Arroz Caldo

Desiree Taimanglo-Ventura


My best friend (Jackie) gave me this recipe! I never saw Arroz Caldo topped with fried tofu. It's a combination of her mom's traditional Filipino arroz caldo, but she replaced the traditional strips of fried pork with tofu as garnish.


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15 Min
45 Min


  • 1 1/2 lb
    chicken. (i like to use boneless, skinless chicken to make it healthier; but it's usually made with regular chicken pieces cut up).
  • 2 Tbsp
    cooking oil
  • 1
    cube of chicken bouillon
  • 1 1/2 c
    uncooked calrose rice
  • 1 l
    of water
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 clove
    garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 medium
    onion (minced)
  • 4
    eggs, hard boiled
  • 1 c
    minced green onions
  • 2
    chunks of ginger sliced thinly
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 5
    kalamansi lemons
  • 1
    package of extra firm tofu cut into squares (as much or as little as you want.)
  • 2 Tbsp
    cooking oil (to fry tofu separately)
  • 1/2 clove
    garlic sliced thinly (for frying and using as garnish) *optional

How to Make Jackie's Tofu and Chicken Arroz Caldo


  1. In a large pot, heat oil and sauté garlic, onion, and strips of ginger.
  2. Sprinkle in black pepper and bouillon cube.
  3. Add chicken and brown.
  4. Add patis and rice. Stir it around, cooking the rice a little, then slowly pour in water. Let it come to a boil.
  5. Let the soup simmer until the rice softens and cooks. If you want to, throw in the hard boiled eggs. (Some people slice the hard boiled eggs and others slice them up. Others don't put the hard boiled eggs in at all.)
  6. Sprinkle in the saffron. If you don't feel like it's the color you want, you can add in a little more to give it a deeper color.
  7. While the rice is simmering, heat oil in a separate pan and fry tofu squares. (You can add some salt and pepper to the tofu if you want). Brown the sides of the tofu and garlic. I LOVE it with the garlic!!
  8. Scoop into serving bowls and garnish with garlic, green onions, tofu, and kalamansi.

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Course/Dish: Chicken Soups

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