Savory Oatmeal Porridge

Oatmeal CaldoThis recipe is a healthier version of one of my favorite comfort foods – arroz caldo. Arroz caldo means hot rice in Spanish. In the Philippines, it is usually served for breakfast or merienda, or when one is down with a cold or the flu. It is a savory porridge made with chicken and white rice in a ginger-flavored broth, garnished with green onions, browned garlic, lemon or calamansi juice, and hard-boiled eggs. In this recipe, old-fashioned rolled oats is used in place of white rice to make this dish better for your health. Oats (NOT instant oatmeal) are rich in fiber and antioxidants which help lower cholesterol levels and the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, and protect against breast cancer in women.

Savory Oatmeal Porridge
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken breast, bone and skin on, cut into pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced ginger
  • 4 cups water or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • INGREDIENTS FOR GARNISH:
  • Spring onions, chopped
  • Garlic, finely chopped and sautéed until golden brown
  • Lemons or calamansi
  • Hard-boiled eggs, sliced in half
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat and brown chicken pieces slightly on each side and set aside on a plate.
  2. Sauté garlic and ginger; return chicken pieces to the pot and pour in the water. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to low and simmer until chicken is cooked, about 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer chicken pieces to a plate and add the oats to the pot. Simmer until the oats are cooked.
  4. Meanwhile, debone and remove skins from the chicken and chop into cubes or shred.
  5. Ladle porridge into bowls, top with cubed chicken, and garnish with spring onions, sautéed garlic, and hardboiled eggs. Squeeze some lemon juice on top.
Notes
*Chicken pieces may be left intact
*Porridge must be a little soupy in the end as the oats will absorb the broth and the porridge will thicken as it cools; you may use more of less oats or water depending on how thick you want your porridge to be