Arroz Caldo

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by cowpants13

(Revised January 2016, corrected number of servings.) In my family we call this "Filipino sick people chicken & rice soup". It is a classic Filipino dish, but it's mild and easy to eat when you're under the weather, and it really does make you feel better.

Top Review by Amy in Hawaii

This is a good soup for breakfast on a rainy day. I like to add cilantro and soy to finish it. If you are making this from scratch it is better to use a stewing hen since it has more flavor. If you are using a younger chicken or leftover roast chicken then chicken broth or stock needs to be added. I prefer stock since it is less salty. For a thinner soup use less rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat a stockpot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add vegetable oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger. Season lightly with salt and pepper. (I season lightly especially if it's for a sick person; also, fish sauce will add saltiness later.) Cook, stirring, until fragrant and somewhat translucent. Add chicken. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add rice, and simmer until rice is soft, about 30-40 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  3. Before serving, remove the ginger coins (or leave it in to surprise people). Dish into bowls and garnish each helping with sliced green onions, crisp-fried garlic, and a slice of hard-boiled egg. Season to taste with the salty fish sauce and kalamansi juice. If desired, thin with a little more chicken stock or water.
  4. NOTES * This thickens a lot when it cools, and is pretty porridge-y. It depends a lot on how "sticky" your rice is and how much broth it absorbs. if you wish, add water or chicken broth when reheating. * If you don't like discovering ginger by biting on it, you can microplane the peeled ginger until it's incognito. * If fish sauce is unavailable, just add salt and pepper to your individual serving. We use kalamansi (Filipino kumquat) juice, but lemon or lime wedges are an acceptable substitute.

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