Monday, April 7, 2014

Chicken Rolled Oats Caldo

“Everything I like is either illegal, immoral, fattening, addictive, expensive or impossible.” - sounds familiar? I thought so. Such are the woes of carbs-loving people like me, all I know is that I got to give in to my weekly monthly chicken arroz caldo cravings lest I spread doom and gloom throughout the universe!

Of course, I kid! I really do get grumpy when I try to ignore a serious craving of mine, but that's another story. I don't know how I got a hold of this genius recipe, but I'm glad that I did. I can enjoy eating, sans the guilt! I got the idea here, and did a little bit of tweaking since I didn't have all ingredients at hand. 

Chicken Rolled Oats Caldo

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 100gm Ginger, peeled and sliced into thin sticks
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1kg chicken (I used thigh fillet)
  • 2 ½ cups Rolled Oats
  • 3 Tbsp. Fish Sauce (Patis) or salt to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped spring onion (or in my case, leeks due to lack of spring onion) as garnish
  • Calamansi
  • Sliced hard boiled egg as garnish

  • Heat 2 tbps. olive oil. Brown the chicken pieces lightly, set aside and slice into thin portions
  • In the same pot, sauté half the garlic until golden brown for toppings, set aside. Pour the rest of the olive oil and sauté the remaining garlic,ginger and onion.
  • Add the rolled oats and sauté until grains are coated with oil. Pour the 2 liters water.
  • Add chicken pieces and season with fish sauce or salt to taste.
  • Simmer until the oatmeal and chicken are fully cooked, about 30 minutes. The porridge should still have a soupy consistency when cooked as the oats will continue to absorb the liquid as it cools.
  • Serve in bowls topped with browned garlic, spring onions, slices of hard boiled egg. Serve calamansi on the side to taste.

The most awesome part about this recipe is that it's like I'm still eating rice! It's still the same bowl of warmth, comfort and deliciousness I'm familiar with. It doesn't feel wrong, at least to me. I love how versatile oatmeal is proving to be, wonder what oatmeal recipe I might stumble unto next? Got any ideas? I'd love to hear them! See you on my next pig out session!

Your pig out buddy,

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