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Arroz Caldo (Chicken Rice Porridge)

This Filipino Arroz Caldo is more than just a simple congee or rice porridge. A very hearty dish made from glutinous rice and various cuts of chicken and boiled eggs. Made flavorful and fragrant from all the spices like ginger, calamansi, and crispy garlic. This version is zestier from the addition of lemongrass and safflower.

Arroz Caldo or Chicken Rice Porridge

What is Arroz Caldo?

Arroz Caldo is a Filipino version of rice porridge or congee, made with glutinous or sticky rice and flavored with ginger and other spices. The main difference of Arroz Caldo from other Filipino rice porridge, like Goto or Lugaw, is that it uses chicken meat and sometimes chicken liver and hard-boiled egg.

It is known to be good comfort food especially for the sick or during the rainy season. Also usually served as breakfast because it is filling and nutritious.

Armin and I are not picky as to when or what time of the day to enjoy a bowl (or two) of Arroz caldo. I usually cook a large pot of it in the morning and it would be our meal throughout the day.

Chicken Arroz Caldo with egg, chicken liver, lemongrass, ginger, and crispy garlic

The Secret to the Best Chicken Arroz Caldo

Aside from the usual ginger, which Armin and I love and I add in loads, and various toppings, there is another thing or two that makes this Arroz Caldo special. That is the addition of lemongrass and safflower.

Arroz Caldo Ingredients, sticky rice, chicken, ginger, safflower, lemongrass, crispy garlic, calamansi

Safflower or “Kasubha” is usually mistaken for saffron. It is normally used as a coloring agent and it gives this dish a lovely yellow color. It has a nice aroma that is likened to chocolate and tobacco. The flavor itself, however, is actually very mild.

Adding lemongrass to Arroz Caldo is not a new innovation that I can claim, sad to say. I learned about it when I was still in Germany from another Filipina friend. It adds so much flavor and aroma that is so refreshing and citrusy and intensifies the taste of ginger. Believe me, if you haven’t tried it, then you should and you’ll know what I am talking about.

Although, these who additions are optional, I highly recommend it. I would never make Arroz Caldo again without at least the lemongrass. I love it so much I planted some in my garden so there won’t be an excuse not to add it.

Filipino Arroz Caldo from glutinous rice, chicken, ginger, lemongrass with hard-boiled egg and brown garlic toppings

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Filipino Arroz Caldo made from glutinous rice, chicken, ginger, lemongrass with hard-boiled egg and brown garlic toppings

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Arroz Caldo Recipe with lemongrass
5 from 3 votes

Arroz Caldo (Rice Porridge)

Make the best Arroz Caldo you can make! A very hearty Filipino rice porridge from glutinous rice and chicken. Made flavorful and fragrant from all the spices like ginger, calamansi, and crispy garlic. With added lemongrass and safflower for extra zest.
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Course: Breakfast,Main Course,Soup
Cuisine: Asian,Filipino
Keyword: arroz caldo
Servings: 8
Calories: 513kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic– minced
  • 1 small onion– chopped
  • 4 tablespoons ginger– peeled, julienned and crushed
  • 1 kilogram chicken– cut into serving pieces
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup glutinous rice(uncooked)
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 tablespoon safflower (optional)
  • 3 stalks lemongrass– crushed (optional)
  • 4 pieces preboiled chicken liver (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 4 pieces hard boiled eggs – shells removed and each cut into half (optional)
  • 1 head garlic-minced and fried until brown and crispy
  • 1 bunch spring onions– chopped
  • 8 pieces calamansi – or 2 lemons cut into quarters


  • In a large pot over medium heat, saute ginger, onion, and ginger in hot oil over medium heat until aromatic and onions and garlic are tender. 
  • Add in the chicken pieces and stir in fish sauce. Mix several times and cover the pot with a lid. Let simmer in own juice for about 5 minutes or until the outer layer is no longer pink, turning occasionally to keep them from burning.
  • Add in the glutinous rice and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Pour in the water. Add the lemongrass and safflower and bring to a boil. Cover pot to let the rice cook faster while mixing now and then to prevent the rice from sticking at the bottom of the pot. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until rice grains has expanded and become soft.
  • Add pre-boiled liver and season with ground pepper. Add more salt or fish sauce if still needed. Cook for another minute or 2.
  • Ladle Arroz caldo to bowls with chicken pieces and liver as desired. Top with half hard-boiled egg, crispy garlic, leeks, and calamansi or lemon.


Nutrition Facts
Arroz Caldo (Rice Porridge)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 513 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 812mg34%
Potassium 379mg11%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This Arroz caldo Recipe was originally published in June 2015. Updated in April 2019 with new photos and improvement to the recipe with the addition of lemongrass. 


Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! It has rained for a few days and it made me miss this food. I can’t find any safflower at the local stores so I did a quick Google while outside to find an alternative. They said online it’s gotta be turmeric. I used that instead and put in same amount as you suggested for safflower. My arroz caldo turned orange in color but it was so good!

    1. Hi Wendy, aside from safflower, I too add some turmeric powder for extra gingery flavors! Armin and I both like it! Happy that you like it too..

  2. Hi maam Bebs!Your recipe of arroz caldo looks yummy and easy. This is exactly want I am looking for I am planning to have a simple food business to earn money. Your skills and generosity are a great help for someone like me.
    Thank You and Godbless

  3. 5 stars
    I love all your recipes, they are yummy and easy to cook. I want to request recipes of Napoleon Cake and Chilean mil ojos cake… Thanking you for your generosity in sharing
    your talents and skills.

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