Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Chicken Menudo

Happy independence day to all Filipinos.  Though I am not yet convinced that the country has fully achieved its independence as it is still being ruled by corrupt officials, convicts, plunderers, and other forms of criminals,  I am still greeting every Filipinos with a "maligayang araw ng kalayaan"!  I wonder what our ancestors and heroes are saying right now as they watch in horror as our country continue to plummet to the bottom of nowhere.  It is a shame.  While other Filipinos continue to suffer from poverty, and while others break their backs and endure being away from their love ones just  to make a decent living for their families, some are enjoying wealth which are not rightfully theirs. People, try to make an honest living for once. That will be a good start.

It is Independence day.  And since we Filipinos are free to write and say what we want to say and go where we want to go and do what we want to do let's then celebrate.  And as we have already started with the Picadillo dish with yesterday's post, we are dedicating this week to Filipino tomato-based dishes in celebration of the Independence week.  

Today, we have Chicken menudo.  You read and saw it right.  Chicken Menudo.  For those people who cooks the conventional way, this may sound absurd since menudo would be defined as a classic Filipino pork stew,  where the pork meat including the liver is diced into small pieces and simmered in a tomato-based sauce.  But try to think of it.  What about those Filipino people living in a country or an area where pork is not available due to religious policies, scarcity, or for those who cannot afford the price of pork?  What about those Filipinos who simply do not eat pork not only because it's their lifestyle but also because their body or their stomach could not or would not accept pork in their system?  You won't deprive your kababayan from eating menudo just because it is unconventional to use other meat than pork, would you?

Nah, Kidding :D I am not picking a fight.  Of course, all cooks, home-cooks and chefs with culinary school background, have their own preference of ingredients when it comes to a certain dish.  As long as the taste or flavor unique for that particular dish is present, then it is called as it is called :-) So regardless if I use chicken, pork, beef, mutton, or even veal or quail, as long as I cook a dish like a menudo and that it tastes like menudo, I will call it a menudo :D

Do you know why you need to cook my menudo recipe?  A healthier way of cooking menudo is to use chicken instead of pork.  It will give you the same great taste but a lot lot lot healthier - lesser in cholesterol and lesser in calories.  That's the reason why you need to cook this chicken menudo.

Happy independence day Philippines!!!


Ingredients  :

Chicken breast, diced into small chunks - 250 g
Hotdogs, sliced diagonally - 3 pcs
Chicken Liver, diced - 5 whole pcs
Potatoes, diced into small chunks - 1/2 of a small size
Carrots, diced into small chunks - 1/2 of a small size
Bell Pepper, diced into small chunks - 1/2 of a small size
Green Peas (uncooked)
Raisins - 1/4 c
Onions, diced - 1 small
Garlic, chopped - 5 cloves
Bay Leaves - 3 pcs
Ripe Tomatoes, chopped
Tomato Paste - 3 tbsp
Brown Sugar - 2 tsp
Water - 2 c
Salt & Black Pepper Powder to taste
Vegetable Oil - 2 tsp

Cooking Procedure :

1. Place oil in a pan and saute in it the garlic, then onions, then the chicken.  Stir for about 2 minutes or until the chicken almost turned brown.  
2.  Add in the tomatoes and let it simmer until they soften.
3. Toss in the hotdogs and give a quick stir. Toss in the Potatoes.  Stir for a minute.
4.  Add in the tomato paste, water, bay leaves, brown sugar, raisins, 1/2 tsp of salt & black pepper powder.  Bring to a boil.  Continue to simmer for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Add more water as needed and simmer until almost half of the liquids had evaporated.
5. Toss in the carrots, bell pepper, green peas, and the chicken liver.  Adjust taste as needed.  Simmer until most of the liquids have evaporated.

Serve and enjoy :-)


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