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Philippines Recipe : Apretada Chicken


  • 1 kg chicken, cut in pieces
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Flour for coating
  • Oil for frying
  • 4 cloves, pounded

A: Finely chopped

  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 125g tomato sauce
  • 500ml water
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 green pepper, diced 1 cm
  • 80g peas
  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 3 tbsp cold water


  1. Dust chicken pieces in flour, salt and black pepper. Brown quickly in hot oil till half-cooked. Remove.
  2. Heat oil. Saute garlic, onions, tomatoes and tomato sauce in a separate pot till fragrant. Add water and let it boil.
  3. Add browned chicken, bay lead, oregano and green pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes or till the chicken is tender.
  4. Add salt and black pepper to taste. To thicken gravy, add cornflour mixture.
  5. Add peas. Cook for another 3 minutes.

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