Sunday, January 20, 2013

Chicken Stew With Boiled Macaroni And A Side Of PawPaw

 cooking chicken stew
Dear Diary, 
I cooked this meal in 25 minutes. That is
because I already had preserved tomato at home. 
For the macaroni, from when I added it to boiling water, to when I turned off the heat, 
it took 12 minutes. I still think that some types take longer to cook.
The stew cooked so fast, perhaps, it's because of the soft chicken.
 I didn't want it to cook or simmer for too long because, the meat will start to disintegrate 
from the bones. Hard chicken may take longer to cook.
 boiling washed chicken with salt and chopped onion

 adding smoked fish to the boiling chicken stock
 just added preserved tomato from the freezer, the tomato has already been fried with oil, pepper,
onion, salt and seasoning before preservation
 stirring to mix the contents
Ingredients For Chicken Stew:

  • chicken
  • smoked fish (optional)
  • fried tomato
  • soya oil
  • onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • seasoning cubes
  • water

 Chicken stew allowed to simmer before turning off the heat
 macaroni served with chicken stew and a side of pawpaw
Cooking Steps For This Chicken Stew:

  1. Place the washed chicken in a pot and add salt and chopped 
    onion, allow to boil
  2. add some bone picked smoked cat fish and allow to boil again before
     adding the preserved tomato (I didn't have to fry or season the tomatoes
     because I already did that before storing in the freezer. 
    To see how I preserve and make my Nigerian tomato stew, GO HERE. 
  3. Stir, check for salt, cover and reduce the heat so that it simmers for 
    some 7 or 8 minutes ( for soft chicken) before turning off the heat.

 served macaroni and chicken stew
 someone's eating this  serving of  macaroni

How To Boil Non Sticky Macaroni:

  1. Add macaroni, salt and some drops of oil to boiling water, stir, cover and allow to cook
  2. When it's tender enough, pour in a strainer, pour some cold or lukewarm water while shaking to wash away the starch

 adding macaroni, drops of oil and salt to a pot of boiling water
 pouring  water in the cooked macaroni, while shaking the strainer vigorously, to remove starch that makes it sticky
 enjoy your yummy macaroni
I said earlier on this blog that smoked cat fish is my secret ingredient to great taste in soups and porridges.  That the only dish I do not cook with smoked cat fish is my tomato stew. Here, I decide to go against my self and try it. Well, my little 5 year old who doesn't like macaroni much, asked for more, cleared her plate and requested again for more.
Enjoy your chicken stew. This stew, I can serve it with boiled rice, boiled unripe plantain, boiled yam and even dodo.

What other ingredient do you add to your chicken stew?
can you share with us?
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  1. Oh my! What can'† you cook? Now I'm hungry again even though i jus† ate like 10 mins ago!

  2. I think i'll have to visit your kitchen one of these days. its a shame im not in Naija..Your food/soup recipies ROCK!

    1. by the way, you should open a restaurant! your dishes will sell like wildfire!

    2. Ha Kemi, I'm just a learner trying to share and learn from great cooks.

  3. Ur link to see how u make and preserve tomato isnt available. I cant click it. Pls post d link again

    1. Sorry Sheila, I think I forgot to link. I will do that now.

    2. Hi Sheila, I just linked it now. Sorry about that, you can check again.

  4. Eeeeemmmmm, I'm not sure about the paw paw on the side.

    1. I concur *whew* thubs up Eya

  5. Aiii tnks eya

  6. Aunty Ojay hope I can sub d paw paw with pine apple or any oda fruit,coz am not so into paw paw.

    ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

    1. Keep pineapple in a separate bowl, so, it doesn't leak into your macaroni and change the taste. LOL!

  7. Nice dish.*wink*

  8. How do i mk my stew very red,ve bin vn issues wit dt? Besides i use ripe tomatoe nd fresh pepper wit tatashe bt stil nt as red as ur stew herem *sad*

    1. Buy very red tomatoes, add more tatashe.