Arroz Caldo

Arroz caldo, a bowl of comforting rice porridge seasoned with plenty of ginger and garlic, has countless variations throughout the Philippines. The porridge can have a variety of toppings, such as hard- or soft-boiled eggs, crispy tofu, crispy garlic bits or crispy shallots, lime, lemon, nutritional yeast and so much more. For a change of pace, you can swap cubed smoked tofu for the chicken. Quinoa, wild rice, cauliflower rice and other grains can also be substituted for the jasmine rice. Feel free to increase the amounts of garlic and fish sauce for an even more flavorful porridge. Serve this easy and healthy ginger-garlic rice porridge with love as my mother would always do.

Arroz Caldo
Photo: Joy Howard
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (1 inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 cups white rice

  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • Thinly sliced scallions for garnish

  • Hard-boiled eggs, halved, for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add chicken and cook, stirring, until opaque on all sides, about 4 minutes. Stir in rice and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and the mixture has a porridge-like consistency. Remove from heat and stir in fish sauce. Garnish with scallions and/or eggs, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
15g Fat
21g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/3 cups
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 241mg 80%
Vitamin A 369IU 7%
Sodium 651mg 28%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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