Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo)

September 16, 2013

Author Notes: This is a thick chicken and rice porridge perfect for warming the bones on a chilly day. My parents always ate it on Christmas Eve in the Philippines. This dish thickens over time, so add a bit more water when reheating. Jacqui MacKenzie

Serves: 6


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for frying
  • One 1-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and minced, divided
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 cup short grain rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Green onions, thinly sliced, as garnish
  • Fried garlic flakes, as garnish
In This Recipe


  1. Heat canola oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ginger, onion, and 3 cloves of garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the fish sauce and let simmer for a few minutes, then add rice and simmer a few minutes more, stirring often.
  4. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and let simmer, stirring frequently until the chicken and rice are cooked through, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make fried garlic flakes: Heat a few tablespoons of canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 3 cloves of minced garlic and fry until a deep golden brown. Transfer the flakes to a paper towel and set aside.
  6. Serve arroz caldo with fried garlic flakes and green onions sprinkled on top.

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