Hello friends! 🙂
Today I whipped up a little something for lunch:
No I didn’t cook a chopping board and a knife.
I woke up, I was hungry, so I decided to whip up a little something to feed my rumbling tummy. I was actually planning to cook this since two days ago, but there was supposed to be real tomatoes and pickles for this.
These ingredients make a Filipino dish called Chicken Apritada. Which is basically chicken stew… or really just a chicken dish with vegetables… It has:
- Capsicum (red bell pepper)
- Olives (optional) This adds to the taste of the tomatoes.
- Pickles (optional). This adds to the taste of the tomatoes.
- Salt and pepper
- Parsley leaves/flakes (optional)
- A little water
- Vinegar (optional). I only put about a table spoon of apple cider vinegar because I only had one can of diced tomatoes and canned tomatoes aren’t very sour. You definitely don’t have to put this.
- Soy sauce
- Fish sauce (just a little, and it’s also optional, but it makes everything taste better)
- And don’t forget the chicken breasts
- oil (you can use peanut oil or something, but I used tallow)
- Other stuff you think will make this taste awesome
- Tomato paste (aka the stuff you put on spaghetti. Again, only because I didn’t have any tomatoes. I’m obsessed with cooking stuff with a lot of tomatoes)
- Cheese to make it a bit thick (I forgot to put cheese, but my Mom said to put cheese and hot water in a bowl to melt it and then put it in)
I chucked the chicken in the microwave to defrost for about 8 + minutes while I browned the onion and the minced garlic in the pot. When I liked the brownness of the onion and garlic, I seasoned everything to give a chicken a little bit of a marinade. I put in the paprika, the salt and pepper to taste, and the canned tomatoes.
I don’t think I cooked the tomatoes long enough though. Try cook it for about 10-15 minutes, but don’t let it burn.
I chopped up all the vegetables and set them aside.
I diced the chicken and added it into the pot. When it started to boil and the chicken was almost ready, I put in the carrots.
I always like my chicken and my vegetables all the same size. So my carrots are all different sizes because I’m so used to cutting them into tiny cubes! Argh.
I put in some boiled water from the kettle into the pot to make it a little soupy as well. When the carrots were a bit soft, I put in the capsicum (red bell pepper), and after a while the carrots then the peas and olives. This is about the time you should put in your small sized diced up pickles as well.
It was my first time making this, and my Mom is the MASTER of making this meal, so I had a lot to live up to! 😉
Eat it with rice. Food is always better with rice. 😉
Have happy holidays, or if you’re back to school, happy back to school, and happy writing!
Smile! God loves you.