Monday, 13 October 2014

Nigerian Chicken Stew (Tomato stew)

Nigerian chicken stew is a tomato and pepper based stew which is used mainly as a compliment to dishes such as rice, yam, potato, bread, plantain and a host of others. For this dish, you can use any type of chicken you have in your house but personally, i love using broiler chicken because it has got more meat than any other type of chicken. If you're a little bit health conscious and you want to keep the fat down, you could take the skin off the meat because that's where most of the fat deposits lay.
To give the stew a nice color and bring out the taste, i use a mixture of three different peppers; Red bell pepper "Tatashey" Chili "Shombo" & Scotch bonnet "Ata Rodo". These three peppers have different levels of "heat"with scotch bonnet taking the highest heat rating.
p.s: In the Nigerian Market, most of the frozen chicken sold are "Old layers" (They've got less flesh with strong bones). The broiler chicken is mostly sold alive (Usually white in color with more flesh and soft bones).

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Ingredients:::
• 1 kilo Chicken (Cut into parts)
• 10 medium sized plum Tomatoes
• 4 medium sized Red bell pepper "Tatashey"
• 10 Chili pepper "Shombo"
• 6 Scotch Bonnet "Ata rodo" (Or Less)
• 1 medium sized Red Onion, chopped
• 1 tsp. Thyme
• 1 tsp. Curry powder
• 4 Garlic cloves, minced - Optional
• 3 Seasoning Cubes, crushed
• Salt to taste

Directions:::
Step 1: Wash the Chicken severally with clean water. Add the chopped onion, Crushed seasoning, Thyme, Curry, Salt to taste. Pour in just enough water to cover the content of the pot. Cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Add the minced garlic, leave to simmer for 5 minutes - Set the pot aside.

Step 2: Remove the Seeds from the Tatashey, remove the stalk from the chili pepper and scotch bonnet. Wash the peppers thoroughly and place in a blender with the Tomatoes. Blend into a smooth puree.

Step 3: Pour the blend into a medium sized pot and cook till the liquid evaporates leaving the concentrated tomato paste

Step 4: Add Vegetable oil into the concentrated paste and fry for about 5 mins. Make sure you stir once in a while to prevent the paste from burning. Once it's well fried, you'd notice the oil separate from the paste.

Step 5: Gently pour in the chicken stock with the chicken inclusive. Stir and leave to cook further for 10 -15 minutes on medium heat.

Step 6: Turn off the burner and serve as a compliment to dishes such as rice, yam, potatoes, bread, plantain.


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35 comments:

  1. The pix quality is something else. Was about 2 dip my bread into that plate of stew. Lol looks really good

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    1. Thank you Supermom :)

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  2. Wow! You always know how to wet my appetite. Thanks for making cooking fun for me

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    1. Anonymous12:51 pm

      whet

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    2. You're welcome Debbie :)

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  3. Anonymous9:22 pm

    Veri gd presentation...u'r a blessing 2 ds generation

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  4. Anonymous7:50 am

    Bravo!!!!!


    Abiola

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  5. nice! I make my stew like this nowadays and i love the taste, just that the stew reduces a lot and i would have to add some tomato paste to thicken it up.
    i enjoy your blog, reader from Ghana

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    1. Glad to have you here Annette. Thanks for the compliments :).

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  6. Anonymous7:23 pm

    I love your blog

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  7. Neva commented on this blog tho I enjoy goin through it. Gud quality pix and detailed procedures. I hav always love cooking cx Iya me, though som people say it's strxful bt it's my passion.
    Please could any1 give me an insight on hw to own or create a blog plz.

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  8. petite-mom8:08 pm

    I love this. Looks very rich and sure will be tasty.

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  9. God bless yhu ma,keep on with the good job. With this site I can now make 1daful meals nd drinks

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  10. Nice job ma. Kip on the good work. Remain bless

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  11. God bless yhu ma,keep on with the good job. With this site I can now make 1daful meals nd drinks

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    1. Thanks Zahra :) ....Glad to have you here.

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    2. Anonymous8:13 am

      Just wondering why you did not use tomato paste. I see most Nigerians use tomato paste

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    3. Tomato pastes made these days don't taste as good as fresh counterpart. Tinned tomato pastes are usually used to augment the fresh version or used when the fresh version isn't available.

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  12. Anonymous8:13 a.m.
    Just wondering why you did not use tomato paste. I see most Nigerians use tomato paste

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    1. Tomato pastes made these days don't taste as good as fresh counterpart. Tinned tomato pastes are usually used to augment the fresh version or used when the fresh version isn't available.

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    2. I tried the stew and everyone loved it. It was the first time I added red bell pepper and it worked out well. I did add about three tablespoons of tomatoes paste to have more stew and it tasted really good.

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    3. Thanks for the feedback kelse :), glad it turned out fine.

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  13. I don't like chicken can I use goat meat

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  14. I just did n everybody is loving. Tx doby. Ur a blessing!

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    1. Glad it turned out fine Amy :)

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