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Arroz Caldong Paa ng Manok (Congee with Chicken Feet)

Arroz Caldo with Chicken feet is hearty, comforting, and loaded with flavor. This Filipino-style congee is delicious as a midday snack or dinner meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 398kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken feet
  • water
  • 1 thumb-size ginger, pounded
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 tablespoons ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked glutinous rice (malagkit)
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • green onions, chopped
  • fried garlic bits
  • calamansi or lemon, cut into wedges

For the Fried Garlic Bits

  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup oil

Instructions

  • Rub chicken feet with salt, rinse, and drain well. Using a knife or kitchen shears, cut ends to remove nails and trim any calluses from the paws.
  • In a pot over medium heat, bring about 6 cups of water to a boil. Add chicken feet and pounded ginger. Cook, skimming any scum that floats on top. for about 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken feet are tender. 
  • Drain and rinse chicken feet with cold water. Discard liquid.
  • In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook until softened. 
  • Add chicken feet and cook, occasionally stirring, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add fish sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  • Add rice and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 to 2 minutes. 
  • Add about 10 cups of water and bring to a boil, removing scum that may float on the top.
  • Add bouillon cubes and stir until dissolved. 
  • Lower heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally and adding additional water in 1/2 cup increments if needed, for about 30 to 40 minutes or until rice is softened, congee has thickened to desired consistency, and chicken feet are tender. 
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle into serving bowls and top with green onions, fried garlic bits, and drizzle with calamansi juice as desired. Serve hot.

For the Fried Garlic Bits

  • In a pan over low heat, heat oil. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. 
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove garlic from oil and drain on paper towels.

Notes

As the feet take longer to tenderize than the rice, boil them first with few pieces of ginger to give them a headstart as well as to rid of any extra protein or impurities. Discard this liquid and use a fresh batch of water when cooking the congee.

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg