Tuesday, November 8, 2011

simple homecooked chicken: estofadong manok (chicken stew)

"How come when I cook, it doesn't taste as good as this?" my husband asked me over dinner.

"Uh, I have a secret ingredient" I said.


"I  add tons of LOVE"  I said in jest.

Shaking his head he said: "Never mind, I just want to tell you that you have a knack for turning a simple home cooked meal such as this look so special" 

So let me share with you what  my husband calls: simple homecooked meal that look so special... but where  I come from this dish is what we call Estufadong Manok:


1 whole chicken or leg quarters
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 onion quartered
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup soy sauce
3-4 tbsp white wine (cane vinegar is used traditionally)
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
1 stalk celery
2 medium sized carrots
2 medium potatoes, sliced
3 bay leaves
black pepper and salt to taste


Marinate chicken overnight with soy sauce, lemon and pepper.  (You could also shorten this part by marinating  it for 30 minutes  and it should be fine. (Left over Rotisserie Chicken works perfectly for this dish too)

In a pan, brown the potatoes and carrots.  Set aside.  In the same pan, brown  chicken quarters, set aside.  Saute garlic and onions, put back the chicken quarters.  Add a dash of pepper and 2-3 bay leaves.  Give it a quick stir. Add the soy sauce, white wine or vinegar, and chicken stock,Make sure to deglaze the pan.  Those brown bits add flavor.  You may add the celery at this time and throw in some carrots (leave some for later).  Now all you have to do is simmer  it for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked.  Bring back the potatoes and carrots until they are cooked. To thicken the sauce, add bread crumbs until you've achieved a slightly thick gravy like sauce.  Enjoy!


  1. Seriously, you are adorable!!! BUT it does take a lot of love to make some of our dishes:-) This dish looks comforting, and DELISH! Hugs, Terra

  2. Yes, LOVE is the main ingredient everytime we cook for our family. Another comforting recipe and looks delish. Need to try this one day.

  3. I love simple home-cooked meal. And love makes everything taste yummier.

  4. Terra: aww thanks! love definitely takes it to a higher notch right?

    Medy: definitely LOVE medy and there's no denying! i look forward to seeing the picture posted up your FB again sometime soon.

    sensiblecooking: Hello and great to meet you. that's so true right? it must be love love love.. haha that song is stucked in my head haha.

  5. It's the soy sauce AND the love. And it looks great and I look forward to making it. Ready or not - it's stew time!

  6. Um, where does the celery go? Or when do you add it to the stew?

  7. Claudia: Definitely the soy sauce haha!

    Doddie: Thanks for bringing it up. Let me edit the steps but yeah you put the celery in the soup stock that would simmer the chicken. thanks again!

  8. Hi Malou! Another delicious recipe. You always make hearty recipe and I get excited thinking about cooking it. :-)

  9. Malou! I love a good stew! Yours looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Your chicken stew looks so delicious, warm, and comforting. Will need to cook a huge pot to satisfy everyone at my house :)

  11. Nami: aww that's so sweet... your blog speaks the same language too haha. Thrilled to know you want to try it.

    An: you stopping by makes me smile... you still spread the blog love beyond the bloghop event. Sooo grateful.

    Biren. Don't forget to make a pot full of rice too or prolly mashed potatoes. Haha. Than you for stopping by.

  12. That's what I always tell Juanchito, G: secret ingredient is LOVE. I've never made this dish, EVER, and one of these days, I'll introduce this to Juanchito.

    Thanks for sharing!

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