Retty and Iya’s Pininyahang Manok

My new rule is that Mama and I have to cook something together whenever I’d be home in Bataan or in what we call the Dar and Retty’s Farm House in Iya’s Farmville. :p

It’s Pinanyahang Manok or Pineapple Chicken for this month. We used the following ingredients for this classic:

1 kilo Magnolia chicken
1 head of garlic, crushed and chopped
1 red onion, sliced thinly
1 1/2 small cans of Alpine evaporated milk
2 pouches of Del Monte pineapple tidbits
2 large potatoes, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 red bellpepper, chopped
2 tablespoons patis
1 Knorr chicken cube
1/2 a cup of water
black pepper, crushed
green onions, chopped

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Sauté the garlic in oil until lightly brown then put the onion. When onion is transluscent, lightly sauté the chicken and crumbled chicken cube. Kung ayaw mo gumamit ng chicken cube, okay lang. Pero mas masarap kapag meron. Lumilinamnam.

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When the chicken is slightly brown, add the peppercorn, pineapple syrup, and water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. be patient. Huwag silip ng slip sa loob sa kaserola para mabilis ang cooking process, okay?

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Then add the potatoes, carrots, bellpepper, pineapple chunks, and 1 can of milk. It has to be Alpine or Mama will get angry. Alpine is the best cooking milk for her for as long as I can remember. Totoo naman, mas masarap kaysa carnation or Alaska or the other popular brands. :p

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Simmer until the vegetables get cooked. Add some patis and more pepper according to your liking. Put the rest of the milk just a few minutes before serving. Why? Para hindi mag-curdle ng bongga. Sige ka, hindi Instagram-worthy if you don’t follow my advice. Hehe.

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Remove from the casserole and garnish with some green onions. Serve with some patis with crushed siling labuyo. Oooh-la-la! Sarap! Sweet, savory, creamy, slightly sour, slightly spicy… Wow! Extra rice nga!

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Watch out for the next Santos family recipe! I think we will be cooking fish steamed in soy-ginger sauce. Kami naman yata ni Daddy ang magluluto. :)

// listening to Coldplay – Violet Hill

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