Arroz Caldo Recipe

Chicken rice porridge, similar to congee or jook

Watch How To Make It:

Arroz Caldo is a Filipino chicken & rice porridge perfect for sick days or chilly weather! This recipe uses an Instant Pot, and it requires minimal ingredients.

I made my arroz caldo pretty thick, so feel free to add more broth if you want a soupier arroz caldo!


2 tbsp oil
5 crushed garlic cloves
1 chopped medium onion
2 inches of ginger, thinly sliced
2 lbs chicken thighs, chopped into bite-sized pieces
Ground pepper
1 cup uncooked rice
5 cups chicken broth (can be adjusted)
1 tbsp fish sauce
Optional: green onions(chopped), fried onions, sliced boiled egg, lemon.


Grab your instant pot, select the “Sauté” function, and keep it on “Normal” mode.

After the pot heats up, add oil and crushed garlic. Then, add the chopped onions and ginger. Sauté everything for a few minutes until the onions have become translucent.

Next, add the chicken thighs and sauté until they have browned on all sides. Add ground pepper and salt, to your preference.

Throw in the cup of rice, and follow it up with 5 cups of chicken broth. Adjust the amount of chicken broth accordingly. For a less thick, soupier arroz caldo, add one more cup of chicken stock at a time.

Add the fish sauce--it’s a great ingredient for the ideal taste!

Stir everything well. Then, secure the lid of the instant pot, and leave its vent open. Let cook for about 15 minutes, and then click the “Cancel” button to stop the cooking. Wait for about 5 minutes to let the pressure inside the pot decrease, then finally open the lid.

Click the “Sauté” button again, and allow it to cook for another 5-7 minutes to allow the soup to thicken. Stir occasionally.

Turn off the Instant Pot and serve the arroz caldo hot.

Special Notes:

If you want to get fancy with your arroz caldo (which we always do), garnish it with green onions, fried onions, and a freshly sliced boiled egg. You can also spritz some lemon to brighten up the flavor.


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