Monday, September 29, 2008

Tomato Chicken Stew

After a week of bad coughing, sneezes and lack of sleep, I really need something to perk me up. Something spicy and sourish yet doesn't hurt my sore throat (big grin), to get back to my usual self... I had to cook the deboned chicken breasts & drumsticks I bought before expired. My brain still shrouded with sleepy lambs as I typed this entry and I still need to finish the antibiotics... urghhh! Please excuse me if there's typo error... :-D Outside, it's raining heavily and windy since yesterday morning. I don't mind though... it helps to cool down the hot weather several days ago. After this, I'm going to make a cup of hot cocoa... hmmm... maybe a jug?

Tomato Chicken Stew
Serves 2-3

500 g Chicken, chopped into 5 cm pieces (or drumsticks/breast meats)
Pinch of Salt & Tumeric powder

1/2 cup Oil (for shallow frying)
2 nos Onions, sliced
1 small can Tomato Purée
2 nos Tomatoes, quartered
1 tbl Sugar or to taste
1 tbl Salt or to taste
Some Water

Spices (ground/blend finely):
6 nos Shallots
3 cloves Garlic
6-10 Red Chillies, seeded
1 pc Lemongrass (use the plump white portion only)
2 cm knob of Ginger, skinned

1. Rub chicken with a pinch salt & tumeric powder. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a deep pan/wok over medium fire/heat. When hot, fry the chicken in batches for 5 minutes. Remove chicken, drain on kitchen papers and set aside.
3. In the remaining oil, stir-fry the ground spices until fragrant and oil separates - about 3 mins.
4. Add sliced onions and stir-fry until they start to soften - about 1 minute. Stir in tomato purée and bring to a boil.
5. Add chicken and mix well. Pour some water to cover the chicken by 3/4 (about 2 cups). Bring to a boil.
6. Reduce fire/heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add quartered tomatoes and continue to cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender and gravy is thick. Season to taste with salt and sugar. Garnish with chopped spring onions or coriander.

Notes: This is a Malay style stew. As with stews, it tastes better the day after. Prepare it a day ahead and warm up to serve. You can serve with rice, fried rice or even on pastas.
If you like really hot, you can replace the chillies with Dried Red Chillies but soak it first, remove the seeds and then ground/blend together with other spices.

Hope you like it... :-)

Tomato Chicken Stew

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  1. Oh, wow! This looks delicious - I have some chicken and a couple beautiful tomatoes right now. I will have to make this sometime this week! I can't wait.

  2. According to the Chinese (due to the vegetarian days), the rainy and wet weather will be around the next few days.
    Take care of yourself and hope you will get well in the next few days.

  3. I'd love this dish over pasta and sounds like a perfect dish for a cold day.

  4. I just found your blog through Tastespotting, love the recipes and pictures. This chicken dish looks delicious!
    I also enjoy spicy food when I'm not feeling well, hope you are having a quick recovery!

  5. the recipe sounds interesting and delicious. Hope you are feeling better already!

  6. Thank you so much for all your advises and well wishes! I really them :-D I hope you can try this recipe too.

  7. This looks like a comforting meal, I like all of the savory ingredients :). I'd love to feature your recipe on our blog, please let me know if you're interested. Thank you!

    Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger

  8. WoW!!! look delicious...look like chicken in tomato sauce. I like this recipe and seem comfortable and easy...thank you for sharing.

  9. Sawadhee kha Tan,

    Hope to see you try out this recipe. You can prepare 1-2 days ahead to have the meat absorbed fully the spices. It's also nice to eat with Coconut Rice or just plain rice. When I'm bored with Rice (yep, I think I'm one of those few weird Asians that sometimes prefer something else than rice!) I serve it with spaghetti and even raviolis :-D

  10. Hi Sophie,

    I thanked you for giving me the opportunity! :-)

  11. Felicitaciones !

    Abrazos: el gato


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