Chicken Pastel is a creamy and tasty Filipino dish and is serve during special occasions like birthday parties and fiestas. The dish usually consists of diced chicken meat, mushrooms, peas, sausages and carrots in a rich, creamy sauce.
As influenced by Spain’s pastel de pollo, the chicken filling is encased in a flaky pie crust and baked until golden. It’s common practice by Filipinos to serve this pot pie sans the crust but paired with rice instead. Either way, it’s a satisfying meal and mouth-watering dish.
This is my version of Filipino Style Chicken Pastel Recipe! Enjoy!
1 whole medium size chicken, cut into serving pieces
½ cup potatoes, cubed
1 cup vienna sausage, sliced
1 pc. chorizo de bilbao, sliced
2 pcs. hard-boiled eggs, sliced
4 cups red pepper, cut into strips
1 tsp. soy sauce
½ cup green piece
1 tbsp. calamansi juice
3 tbsp. cooking oil
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
2 tbsp. onion, chops
1 pc. bay leaf
4 cups water chestnuts
1 cup water
1-1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. pepper
In a big bowl, marinate chicken in soy sauce, calamansi juice, salt and pepper.
In a pan over medium heat, heat oil then sauté the garlic and onions.
Add the chicken and cook until slightly brown.
Add the chorizo de bilbao, bay leaf and the marinade. Stir occasionally.
Add water, potatoes and carrots then simmer until chicken is tender.
Add water chestnut, vienna sausage, mushroom, green piece and red pepper.
Cook until vegetables are tender.
For the White Sauce:
Make white sauce with 2 tbsp butter into pyrex dish.
Place sliced eggs attractively on top of meat mixture.
Cover with crust and brush top with beaten egg yolk.
Make slits on top to let out steam.
Bake in preheated oven at 350 °F for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
The word “Tapa” in the Philippines refers to dried or cured beef, venison, pork, mutton, fish. Filipinos prepare thin slices of meat and cure it with salt and spices as a method of preserving it. It is a popular breakfast meat.
A popular Tapa breakfast combination is called Tapsilog. It is commonly served in eateries called gotohan and tapsihan. Tapsilog is an abbreviation for Tapa, Sinangag “garlic fried rice”, and Itlog “fried egg”.
Tapa is best fried or grilled, often served with rice, fried egg and achara (pickled papaya strips).
Nothing beats eating tapa for breakfast with garlic rice and fried egg, it’s a breakfast fit for anyone expecting a busy day. Here is my version of Beef Tapa. Enjoy!
3 lb. beef sirloin, thinly sliced
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup calamansi juice
2 tbsp. sugar
1 head garlic, minced
½ cup cooking oil
½ tsp. salt or salt to taste
¼ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste
Combine soy sauce, calamansi juice, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir until sugar and salt dissolved.
Add the beef and massage to fully coat with the marinade and keep overnight in the refrigerator to cure.
Then after that, drain meat from marinade, set aside.
Heat about 1 tbsp. cooking oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
Add the beef in a single layer and cook, turning on sides, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed.
Add another 1 tbsp. of cooking oil and continue to cook until meat is lightly browned.
Rellenong Manok is a festive Filipino dish which is basically a roasted stuffed boneless chicken. Yes it’s boneless, but only in the cavity, wings and legs still have bones intact.
The name Rellenong Manok iterally means “Stuffed Chicken”. “Relleno” is the Spanish word meaning filled or stuffed; and “Manok” is the Tagalog word for chicken. So for this festive dish the body of the bird is painstakingly de-boned and only the wings and legs remain intact. Because of the stuffing the chicken retains it’s shape when done, giving it a very nice presentation at any fiesta table.
The chicken is de-boned by cutting the breast side, removing the bones and sewing them back together. Another way would be by removing the bones by hands carefully from the cavity without cutting the chicken. Cooking this dish is best suited for special occasions because the procedure involved is a little tedious. De-boning the chicken requires some skill and patience. Stuffing it with the meat mixture is easy enough but, you have to insure that the chicken is well sewn so the contents won’t spill.
This is my version of Rellenong Manok (Stuffed Chicken) Filipino Recipe.
Here’s a video by Nides showing you how to de-bone a chicken!
1 whole chicken, shape kept and de-boned
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbps. calamansi or lime juice
1/2 kg. ground pork
1 can vienna sausage, drained and sliced
1/2 cup bacon, diced
1 cup ham, diced
1/4 cup carrots, minced
1/4 cup sweet green peas
3-5 whole eggs, hard boiled, peeled
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup pickle relish
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup raisins
2-3 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 cup butter
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbps. salt or salt to taste
¼ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste
Marinate chicken in soy sauce, sugar and calamansi juice (lime juice) then set aside.
Mix all the remaining stuffing ingredients well in a bowl.
Stuff the chicken in all parts.
Sew the cavity opening and truss the chicken then wrap chicken in aluminium foil.
Heat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake breast-up for an hour or until chicken is cooked.
Open the foil and rub chicken with butter and put back in the oven until golden brown.