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Chicken Arroz Caldo

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
Served with immature chicken eggs, our chicken arroz caldo begins by cooking rice in chicken broth, pandan, lemongrass and ginger.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6 people
Chicken arroz calso with immature eggs



  • If the immature chicken eggs came with egg sacs, livers and gizzards, place the eggs and sacs in one bowl, the livers in a second bowl and the gizzards in a third bowl.
    Immature chicken eggs with sacs, liver and gizzard
  • Rinse the gizzards well and remove all visible fat. Thinly slice the gizzards.
  • Thinly slice the livers.
  • Carefully separate the eggs from the sacs, and cut the sacs into small pieces.
  • Cover the bowls with eggs and livers, and keep in the fridge.
  • Wipe the chicken bones dry with paper towels.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a pot (I prefer a wok for more cooking surface).
  • Spread the chicken bones in the hot oil (if cooking the arroz caldo with the gizzards, add them now as they require a long cooking time) and brown all sides over medium-high heat.
    Browning chicken bones, adding rice and herbs
  • Add the rice, lemongrass, pandan leaves and ginger slices.
  • Pour in eight cups of water and two tablespoons of fish sauce, and sprinkle in half a teaspoon of pepper.
    Cooking rice with chicken bones to name congee
  • Simmer the rice and chicken bones, stirring every ten minutes or so to coax out the rice starch to thicken the mixture.
  • When the rice is cooked through, taste and add more fish sauce and pepper, if needed.
  • Fish out the chicken bones, lemongrass, pandan leaves and ginger.
  • Add the egg sacs, stir and bring to a simmer.
  • If the mixture appears too thick, add more water and continue simmering, stirring more often, until the rice grains burst and turn mushy.
  • Carefully stir in the immature eggs and sliced livers, cover the pot and simmer for another five minutes.
  • Taste the arroz caldo one last time, and add more fish sauce and pepper, or both, if needed.
  • Ladle the chicken arroz caldo into bowls, dividing the immature chicken eggs equally, and garnish with fried garlic and sliced scallions before serving.
Keyword Congee