Arroz Caldo Recipe Pinoy Food Guide

Arroz Caldo (Pinoy Chicken Porridge) Recipe

Arroz Caldo (Filipino Chicken Porridge/ Congee)– A go-to breakfast or snack to many Filipinos especially during the rainy days.

If ever you’re experiencing a really cold day or you’re feeling a bit under the weather, the solution is some nice and warm soup that soothes your body and soul at the same time.

And what better option do we have other than the flavorful Arroz Caldo? There is no doubt that most Filipinos would imagine this food whenever it is cold.

Learn how to make this delicious arroz caldo dish in this recipe article and see some tips and trivia as you read through below.

What is Arroz Caldo?

Arroz caldo is a popular food here in the Philippines usually served when you’re feeling a bit sick–thus being a comfort food.

It is a Filipino-style rice congee made out of chicken, partnered with a broth infused with onion, garlic and ginger, along with toppings like hard-boiled egg, fried garlic and some spring onions.

Arroz Caldo or Lugaw

It can be confusing to most of you because when we see rice filled with a thick soup, we immediately think that it is lugaw. Arroz caldo is different in a way because it uses chicken along with some other toppings. And lugaw is just the plain old thick and sticky rice added with water and salt.

How to Make Arroz Caldo?

Making arroz caldo is not a difficult task. You can make one at your home readily since you probably have all the ingredients available with you in the kitchen. If not, you can always buy at your nearest local stores and they will probably have the ingredients.

To start, once you have all of the ingredients, all you have to do is to think about adding all of the ingredients in the cooking pot and making sure that none of the ingredients will be overcooked.

You can season the arroz caldo with salt and pepper while you’re sauteing the garlic, onion, and ginger, so it will not be hard to forget while you’re adding other ingredients later on. It is fine and the flavors will infuse with the chicken earlier in the process.

Arroz Caldo Tips:

  • You have the option to use sticky or glutinous rice for the arroz caldo. This will make the dish have a thicker consistency and it will make you feel fuller in every sip, however, this is not always available at home so you can still use long-grained rice.
  • Don’t waste any ingredients. If you already have some steamed rice with you, you can cut down the cooking time by just using that instead. All you have to do is to reduce the amount of chicken broth you are going to use to about 3 or 4 cups and simply see to it that the rice will not be overcooked while you are simmering.
  • Use chicken with bone-in parts. It is okay to use boneless chicken, as it will make it easier to eat. But the bones of the chicken bring more flavor to the arroz caldo, so if you feel like you’re lacking some flavor for the dish, this is what you can do.

Notes on Ingredients

Chicken broth

This recipe recommends the use of chicken broth or chicken stock, but if that is not available, you can use chicken bouillon cubes to add some flavor and just mix it with water. Even then, the use of water alone is completely fine and will still result in a flavorful arroz caldo.


The topping ingredients are optional and the recipe will be fine without it, but if you want to have some additional taste and if you want to make the arroz caldo more appealing, especially if you want to serve it to other people, then it is recommended for you to have them added in the recipe.

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Arroz Caldo (Pinoy Chicken Porridge) Recipe

A go-to breakfast or snack to many Filipinos especially during the rainy days.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Breakfast
Servings: 6
Calories: 461kcal


  • Cooking Pot


  • 1 cup rice or glutinous rice, uncooked
  • 1 kg chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 pc medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 knob ginger, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 6 cups chicken broth, or water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Topping Ingredients (Optional):

  • 1 pc green onion, chopped
  • 1 pc lemon or 4 pcs calamansi
  • 3 pcs eggs, hard-boiled
  • 2 tsp chopped fried garlic


  • In a cooking pot, pour-in and heat cooking oil over medium heat.
  • Add-in the chopped onion, minced garlic, and chopped ginger. Saute until soft and aromatic.
  • Add-in the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Add-in the fish sauce, and chicken broth, and uncooked rice. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover the pot and let it simmer while stirring occasionally. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with chopped green onions, squeezed lemon, hard-boiled eggs, and chopped fried garlic.
  • Transfer to a serving plate or serving bowl. Serve and enjoy!


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Nutrition Facts
Arroz Caldo (Pinoy Chicken Porridge) Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 461 Calories from Fat 102
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.3g17%
Saturated Fat 2.6g16%
Cholesterol 128mg43%
Sodium 1335mg58%
Potassium 630mg18%
Carbohydrates 29.4g10%
Fiber 1.1g5%
Sugar 1.8g2%
Protein 56.1g112%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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