The tasty and aromatic stew is every ones favorite in Nigeria from the road side hawkers to the tables of the elite, it is a welcome a compliment any meal or festive spread. It is the aromatic spices added that makes this wonderful dish so mouth watery and delicious.
Ingredients used to prepare chicken stew is as follows:
1. Clove Garlic
Garlic is used in the preparation of chicken stew, It is highly nutritious and gives the food that palatable and classic taste. Garlic is applied at different stages in the cooking of chicken stew.
When applying garlic to your dish you first peel off the outer layer by using a clean knife to gently peel it off. After you must have peeled it off, you wash the peeled garlic thoroughly, then you either chop it or you blend it to your taste.
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Garlic has a very pungent or strong taste, so when applying it to your dish should be moderate enough not to over add it so that it will not over shadow the taste of other ingredients used in cooking the food as well.
Thyme is used as seasoning ingredient in preparing chicken stew. It gives your chicken stew that classic taste and aroma, though care should be taken not to over – apply it, otherwise it will suppress the taste of other ingredients used in cooking the chicken stew, so when applying it should be done with caution because too much of a particular thing spoils the food no matter how sweet it is. In order words, thyme should be applied moderately in cooking chicken stew.
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3. Chili pepper
Chili pepper is another ingredient required in the preparation of chicken stew. It used to prepare chicken stew because amongst all other species of pepper, chili pepper happens to be the best suited for this kind of dish.
However, care should be taken when using it, as it sometimes contains some level of sand in it, and so when using it make sure you clean thoroughly.
Curry is yet another seasoning ingredient used in the cooking of chicken stew. Itis used alongside with thyme. Curry gives chicken stew that appetizing and delicious aroma.
Curry comes in different forms, like the fresh curry leaf and the ground processed curry powder. Though the ground curry powder is easier to preserve, as it can stay in its powdery form for years, until it expires.
The fresh is fresher in taste and more nutritious than the powdery ones , as they are gotten direct from nature itself. But the problem with the fresh ones is their preservation.
It is then advised that for you to enjoy the fresh curry to the fullest, you must use it or apply it immediately in your dish at once or if you have a refrigerator with constant power supply, you put it in your refrigerator for for the next cooking, as the case may be.
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Just like you find in other dishes, onions is vital in cooking chicken stew, it makes the stew or it gives the stew that sassy taste. Onions can be put more than one times in the course of cooking the stew.
It can be put intermittently as the cooking goes on. Without it chicken stew may not be that enjoyable to the mouth because it will not be that tasty as you expect it to be, despite the presence of these other ingredients.
Onions comes in different types, we have the white onions and the red onions. Each of them has its unique flavor it adds to any dish you may apply them to.
The white onions is mainly used in preparing such dishes such as fried rice, jollof rice, different types of stews including chicken stew, etc, while the red ones are used mainly in preparing different types of soups.
Every onions is first peeled to remove the outer cover, then after removing the outer cover , you then wash it thoroughly and chop it or slice it, or you may prefer to blend it as the case may be. Onions is an important ingredient in every dish that should not be overlooked..
6. Groundnut Oils
This is another essential ingredient in cooking chicken stew, it is used in frying some of the ingredients, and as well producing that oily delicious effect in every chicken stew.
Though there are so many groundnut oils that can be used to cook chicken stew, such as, soya oil, (gotten from soya beans), we also have vegetable oil, like the popular Kings vegetable oil, Turkey vegetable oil, and so many of them you can find in the market.
Though i would like to advise you to go for the less fatty ones, that is the ones low in cholesterol, especially for the sake of hypertensive consumers or guest that will like to enjoy the food without being exposed to the risk of increasing their blood pressure.
Tomatoes is another delightful ingredient in the preparation of chicken stew,it serves as the main colorant in the chicken stew. The presence of tomatoes is what makes it a chicken stew.
Tomatoes can be applied as fresh tomatoes puree or as processed tin tomatoes puree, whichever one you choose,tomatoes generally gives every stew that sweet delicious taste and looks.
It is very nutritious as well because it contains a high level of vitamin A. Tomatoes can be taken raw or cooked or fried. It can be chopped or made to be in puree form.Below are the list of the entire ingredients and their quantity required to prepare chicken stew.
a. 1 large chicken
b. 225g fresh chilies
c. 1kg fresh tomatoes
d. 2 large onions
e. 2 clove garlic
f. 1 small tin tomatoes puree
g. 1 teaspoon thyme
h. 2 teaspoon chopped part minger leaves
i. 2 onions sliced
j. 1 teaspoon curry
k. 1 pint ground nut-oil
l. Salt to taste
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Method of Preparation
a. Wash and disjoint the chicken, cut into 10-12 pieces,
b. Season with salt and the sliced onions, thyme, curry and cook for 30-40minutes until tender,
c. Heat up half of the oil in a pan and fry the cooked chicken until brown but not too dry.in another pot, heat up the rest of the oil and fry the ground onions, chilies and tomatoes for 20 minutes, until fairly dry.
d. Add the tomatoes puree and some stock, if required.
e. Stir thoroughly and add the fried chicken pieces.
f. Cook and simmer gently for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently until well blended.
g. Drain off excess oil that rises to the top and finally stir in the chopped part minger leaves.
h. Remove from fire and serve with hot rice and fried plantain.IMPORTANT!: Follow us on Instagram @InfoGuideNigeria
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