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Chicken Arroz Caldo with Quinoa

Chicken Quinoa Arroz Caldo


We’ve been hit by a nasty flu this past week, thankfully all of us are now feeling great. Arroz Caldo is a simple dish that is hearty and comforting.

This dish is made during the cooler months or when someone is sick. It is usually made with a mix of glutinous and regular rice, chicken, garlic and lots of ginger. I’ve made a healthier version by adding white quinoa to rice. It’s a great way to introduce quinoa to your family, the chicken broth and ginger slightly masked the nutty flavor of quinoa.

Chicken Arroz Caldo with Quinoa


  • 8 pcs Chicken thighs (I like using either wings, thighs or legs for richer broth)
  • 1/2 cup Jasmine Rice or Glutinous Rice
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 8 cups Chicken broth or water
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • Onion, chopped
  • Ginger, thumb size cut in strips


  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • Scallions, chopped
  • Toasted garlic
  • Sliced lemon



  1. Over medium heat, saute minced garlic in olive oil till slightly toasted, set aside.
  2. In the same pot saute onion and garlic.
  3. Add chicken thighs skin side down, sear both sides. Season with fish sauce (patis) about a tablespoon. Cover and let chicken cook till it extracts oil.
  4. Add uncooked rice, saute for 2 minutes then add water or broth.
  5. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes on high, add quinoa.
  6. Cook for another 10 to 20 minutes till both rice and quinoa is cooked.
  7. The dish should remain “soupy”, add more water or broth if needed. Taste and add more salt or pepper to your liking.
  8. Serve warm with sliced boiled egg, toasted garlic, chopped scallions and lemon wedge on the side


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Hi, my name is Abigail a stay at home Mama of two LittleOnes and currently residing in Dubai, UAE since 2009. This is my little space online where I share activities, places we've been, food we enjoy and snippets of our daily expat life. ‘Cuddles and Crumbs’ is a combination of the two main things I share on this blog: cuddles (family) and crumbs (food).


  1. Ema Jones says

    I was craving for a yummy egg recipe and luckily got yours.
    Thanks, excellent combo 🙂

  2. This looks really good! I tried making brown rice arroz caldo once. Adding quinoa is definitely a great idea and would love to do it. Now I’m craving for a hot bowl of arroz caldo.

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