Chicken Pochero – Chicken Chunks Stewed with Saba Bananas or Plantains

In Filipino cuisine, puchero refers to a dish composed of beef, pork or chicken chunks stewed with saba bananas (or plantains). The dish may also include potatoes or sweet potatoes, chorizos de Bilbao, bok choy, leeks, chickpeas, cabbage and tomato sauce. Other versions replace beef with chicken or pork. Cooking one-pot chicken stew with potato and veggies is simple. I start by browning the chicken. This is done by frying the chicken pieces for 2 minutes per side. It helps keep the meat and skin intact so that it won’t separate when boiled later in the process. The oil used in frying is tasty. It already absorbed the flavors from the meat. This is the reason why I still use it to saute the aromatics.


These are the onion and garlic for this recipe.Make sure that the oil is hot before adding the onion and garlic. I then put the chorizo sausage into the pot. This creates an appetizing aroma that fills your entire kitchen. Chorizo de Bilbao pertains to a type of red sausage popular in the Philippines. It is tasty and mildly spicy. This semi-cured sausage is a combination of beef and pork with spices such as garlic, oregano, and others. Paprika is responsible for the reddish color of Chorizo de Bilbao. The next step is to put the tomato in the pot. You will know that the chicken can be added back when the onion and tomato starts to soften. Give it a quick stir to distribute the ingredients. Be gentle on the chicken while stirring to preserve its appearance.Pour tomato sauce and water into the pot and let it boil. I also add a piece of Knorr Chicken Cube to give my chicken pochero a solid chicken flavor. There is nothing like a tasty chicken stew to have for lunch. The chicken cooks for around 15 minutes in medium heat, then potato, banana, and chick peas are added. I am using a type of banana called “Saba”. It is also known as cardaba banana. This provides a nice sweet flavor to the chicken stew. Let it cook in the covered pot for 12 minutes before adding the remaining vegetables.Season with fish sauce and crushed black peppercorn. I get that umami flavor when using fish sauce on my dishes. It is not for every dish though, but it works for pochero and similar stews. Here are Chicken Pochero Ingredients. 2 lbs. Chicken cut into serving pieces. 1 piece Knorr Chicken Cube. 2 pieces potato cubed. 2 bunches baby bok choy. ½ head cabbage sliced. 8 ounces tomato sauce. 18 pieces long green beans. 2 pieces Chorizo de Bilbao sliced. 8 ounces chick pea. 3 pieces Saba banana sliced. 2 pieces tomato diced. 1 piece onion chopped. 4 cloves garlic crushed. 2 cups water. 3 tablespoons cooking oil. Fish sauce and crushed peppercorn to taste. Tips on cooking? One of the things that I do to ensure that the chicken is presentable when served is to pan-fry it for a few minutes before stewing or boiling.

This technique has worked for me all these years. If you are particular about the appearance of your dish, give it a try. Presentation and appearance is only secondary to taste, in my opinion. Make sure that your chicken pochero is tasty and delicious. I add a piece of chicken cube to my dish in order to raise the flavor of chicken to the next level. This is the reason why I always enjoy pouring sauce over my rice before eating. Yummy! It is best to have all the ingredients ready when cooking the dish to get the optimal result. Here are the instructions on how to cook chicken pochero? 1st Step. Heat oil in a cooking pot. Pan-fry the chicken for 2 minutes per side. Set aside. 2nd Step. Using the remaining oil, saute onion and garlic. 3rd Step. Add chorizo. Saute for 1 minute. 4th Step. Add tomato. Continue to saute until onion and tomato softens. 5th Step. Put the pan-fried chicken back into the pot. Stir. 6th Step. Pour tomato sauce and water.Let boil. 7th Step. Add Knorr Chicken Cube. Stir and cover the pot. Cook in medium heat for 15 minutes. 8th Step. Put potato, saba banana, and chick pea into the pot. Cover and cook for 12 minutes. 9th Step. Add long green beans and cabbage. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. 10th Step. Add bok choy. Cook for 2 minutes. Season with crushed peppercorn and fish sauce. Stir. 11th and last step. Tranfer to a serving bowl. Share and enjoy!

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