Chicken Arroz Caldo or Chicken Rice Porridge

Arroz Caldo (literally translated as warm rice) is a type of congee (or lugaw) of Chinese origin. The use of chicken (cut into individual servings) makes Arroz Caldo different from other congees. Toasted garlic, onion leaves, powdered asuete or ananato seeds  are added to enhance the  flavor, color, and aroma of the dish. It is also best recommended to pair arroz caldo with fried tofu in vinegar sauce.

This lugaw is usually served during breakfast, but for us it can be eaten  at anytime of the day when my husband wishes to,  lugaw is just one of his all time favorite that it is always included in the list of my menus of each week.

Try this delicious recipe below:

Fried Tofu w/ vinegar sauce


  • 1 ½ lbs chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice
  • 3/4 cup glutinous rice
  • about 1 1/2 liter water
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 pieces hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup spring onion leaves; minced
  • 2 knobs ginger, cut into thin strips
  • 1 piece lemon or 4 pieces calamansi
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered asuete seeds diluted in 1 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 cup pork chicharon (crushed)
  • salt & msg. to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a pot pour in water and bring to a boil with rice & glutinous rice for at least 20 minutes or until soft, then set aside.
  2. In a separate saucepan, heat the cooking oil then saute the garlic, onion, and ginger
  3. Dash-in some ground black pepper.
  4. Put-in the chicken and cook until outer layer color turns golden brown
  5. Add the fish sauce and pour into the pot of cooked porridge, then pour in asuete to add color.
  6. Stir occasionally and simmer until the rice and chicken  are completely cooked (about 10 minutes more). Add salt & msg. to taste.
  7. Serve hot with garlic, minced spring onion leaves,  lemon, chicharon and boiled egg.
  8. Arroz caldo can be best eaten with fried tofu in a sauce of vinegar mixture.
  9. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 6


One thought on “Chicken Arroz Caldo or Chicken Rice Porridge

  1. Pingback: ~Rice Porridge Recipe~ « Pranee's Thai Kitchen

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