Try this Filipino Chicken Menudo for dinner tonight! Loaded with chicken, hot dogs, potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers in a flavorful tomato gravy, this hearty stew is sure to be a family favorite.
I enjoy cooking for a crowd, but I also prefer to keep things simple. I believe with a little creativity, we can easily turn our everyday dishes into special occasion favorites. Don't you love how the simple addition of pinya chunks makes pork adobo with pineapple into something fancy for guests?
One of my party staples is chicken menudo. Not only is it perfect for everyday family dinners, but it's also economical to make for a large gathering. You'll have enough to feed an army with three pounds of boneless chicken thigh meat extended with hotdogs, potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and raisins.
This recipe yielded a big "kawa," and we had plenty of leftovers in the fridge to enjoy for days!
- Chicken- I use boneless, skinless chicken thigh or leg meat for ease of prep.
- Hot dogs- While pork menudo traditionally includes chunks of liver, I substitute sliced hot dogs in my chicken version for a family-friendly dish even the kiddos will love. This cured meat adds a smoky layer of flavor and deliciously extends the servings.
- Pineapple juice- What else makes this hearty Filipino stew a crowd-pleaser? I like to braise the chicken in pineapple juice for a subtly sweet taste.
- Canned diced tomatoes and tomato paste- for a thick, hearty sauce.
- Soy sauce- Taking inspiration from beef mechado, I add a tablespoon or two of soy sauce for a touch of umami flavor.
- Vegetables- potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers boost color and nutrition.
- Aromatics- onions and garlic provide the base for ginisa dishes, giving a robust umami flavor.
- Seasonings- salt helps perk up flavor, and pepper adds a touch of zing.
- Water- add more or less depending on the consistency desired.
- Chicken breast works, too, but tends to cook and dry out faster, so adjust cook time accordingly.
- Want more sweet and tangy flavors? Add one cup of pineapple tidbits!
- Add green peas or garbanzo beans at the last 10 minutes of cooking time to add bulk further.
- No hot dogs? You can substitute Vienna sausages.
Chicken Menudo cooking steps
- Saute bell peppers until tender-crisp. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Add hot dogs and cook until lightly browned. Set aside.
- Saute onions and garlic until softened. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned.
- Add soy sauce and pineapple juice.
- Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Lower heat, cover, and cook until chicken is tender.
- Add potatoes, carrots, and raisins and cook until tender.
- Add bell peppers and hot dogs and cook until heated through.
- Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve hot.
Cut the meat and other ingredients in uniform sizes to ensure even cooking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Filipino menudo healthy?
Filipino menudo is a hearty stew that's both filling and nutritious. It's rich in protein from the meat as well as carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals from the potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and tomatoes. This recipe version uses leaner chicken in place of the traditional pork and liver.
What is Filipino menudo made of?
Filipino menudo is traditionally made of pork cubes and liver stewed in tomato sauce with vegetables and beans, such as potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, green peas, and garbanzo. Other varieties may also include raisins, hot dogs, or pineapple.
How to serve and store
- With steamed rice, of course! You can also enjoy it with warm pandesal; that rich, thick tomato gravy is just made for sopping!
- Got plenty of leftovers? Like giniling na baboy, this hearty chicken stew is delicious nashville filipino food as a filling for a torta or omelet.
- To store for future meals, allow to cool completely and transfer to resealable bags or airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
- Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat to 165 F or in the microwave at 2 to 3-minute intervals until heated, stirring well between intervals.
- 2tablespoonscanola oil
- ½red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into cubes
- ½green bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into cubes
- 4hot dogs, sliced thinly on a bias
- 1onion, peeled and chopped
- 4clovesgarlic, peeled and minced
- 3poundsboneless, skinless chicken thigh meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2tablespoonssoy sauce
- ½cuppineapple juice
- 1can(14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
- ¼cuptomato paste
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2large potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
- 2large carrots, peeled and cut into cubes
In a wide pan over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add bell peppers and cook for about 30 seconds or until tender yet crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
Add hot dogs and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned. With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
In the pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened.
Add chicken and cook until lightly browned.
Add soy sauce and cook for about 1 minute.
Add pineapple juice and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is tender and sauce is slightly reduced.
Add potatoes, carrots, and raisins and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until tender.
Add bell peppers and hot dogs and cook until heated through.
Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve hot.
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