While I also love my fair share of lunches and dinners spent outside, there is something undeniably special about a home-cooked meal. Not only does it emulate a one of a kind atmosphere of warmth and comfort, but it often tastes most fresh coming from your own kitchen. And don’t even get me started on the particular appeal of a home-cooked Filipino dish. Most of our family favorites are recipes with a great deal of vegetables, as well as a lovingly fragrant stew. Let me introduce you to one particular dish that falls under the category, and will definitely bring you back to the taste of home— Sinarsahang Manok!
Without a doubt, we, Filipinos, love our sauces and stews with a tomato base. From the occasional Menudo to Afritada, dishes featuring the lycopene-rich fruit (although often mistaken for a vegetable) probably count as our bread and butter. But one recipe that we may talk about less, but surely deserves all the recognition as well, is Sinarsahang Manok. Like I mentioned earlier, it has all the right elements to make a perfectly irresistible home-cooked Filipino meal. It coats our tender chicken with sautéed onions, garlic, tomato sauce, soy sauce and more.
But other than its pleasant array of seasonings, it also balances out the dish’s texture with some green peas, bell peppers and green beans. It definitely doesn’t skimp on vegetables for the dish’s overall health factor. But that’s enough talking about Sinarsahang Manok.
We can begin by pouring 2 tablespoons of oil in our pan. Apply heat to the pan, and wait for the oil to get hot. That would be your sign to also add 1 bell pepper that you’ve julienned, ½ cup of green peas, and 6 pieces of long green beans that you’ve sliced. Sauté these for 45 seconds in the pan. Afterwards, you can remove this from the pan, and set it aside because it’s time to work on the chicken!
For this, you will be adding what’s left of your ¼ cup of cooking oil to the pan after you’ve used up the 2 tablespoons for our sautéed vegetables. When your oil gets hot, you can put 1 ½ lbs. of chicken that you’ve previously cut up into serving pieces in the pan. Start pan-frying each piece for 3 minutes. Then turn it over so you can fry the other side for the same amount of time. Then take the pieces of chicken out, and set them aside as well on a clean plate. We’ll be using them later.
Now to start assembling everything together, we will be putting 3 cloves of garlic and 1 onion, both of which we’ve chopped, in the pan. Also add 1 tomato you’ve diced. Now sauté these with the oil that we have left. Now pour in 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 8 ounces of tomato sauce, as well as 1 ½ cups of water. Then wait for this to boil. You’ll definitely begin to see your sauce coming together!
Afterwards, we’ll be adding 1 Knorr Chicken Cube to enhance the chicken’s flavor. Also place the pieces of chicken we set aside earlier back into the pan. Put the cover on top, and wait for this to cook for 15 minutes, while using medium heat. Then take the cover off, and cook this until you get a velvety, thick sauce.
Then you can go ahead and integrate the vegetables we stir-fried from earlier, which includes the green peas and bell peppers. Afterwards, start adding some more flavor to the dish by seasoning this with ½ teaspoon of white sugar. Also sprinkle in some salt and ground black pepper to your taste.