How to Cook Kalderetang Manok/Chicken Caldereta (A Filipino Dish)

Updated on February 24, 2018
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I lived in the Philippines until I was 23. Then I moved to the UK to live, work, and perform at Filipino cultural shows.

Chicken Caldereta

Cook Time for our wonderful Chicken Caldereta

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: serves four people


  • 400 g Chicken fillets, cut in to cubes
  • 200 g Potatoes, Chopped in to cubes
  • 200 g Carrots, Chopped
  • 400 ml Coconut milk
  • 400 ml tinned tomatoes
  • 400 ml water
  • 200 g Pineapple chunks
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 tbsp hot chili sauce
  • 1 large onion, chopped


  1. Heat the cooking oil in a large pan. Then add the garlic and onions, and cook until brown.
  2. Add the carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, coconut milk, salt. and water. Simmer for 15 minutes until the vegetables become soft; stir while cooking.
  3. Now add the chicken, pineapple, and chili sauce. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes, and continue to stir. That's it! All done. Enjoy with a bowl of rice.

My Step-by-Step Guide For Cooking This Wonderful Filipino Curry, Chicken Caldereta

The history of Chicken Caldereta

Kalderata manok is a Spanish-influenced dish that you will find being cooked throughout the Philippines and is known more commonly as "chicken caldereta."

With the Philippines being part of the Spanish empire for over 300 years, after the arrival of Ferdinard Megellan in 1521, it is no surprise that there are many Spanish influences that have remained.

It was in 1543 that a Spanish explorer named the Islands 'las Islas Filipinas' in honour of Philip ll of Spain.

The Spanish ceded the Islands on 10th December 1898 to the United States after the Spanish - American war that year and it was not until July 4th, 1946 that the United States formally recognized the independence of the Republic of the Philippines.

The Philippines consists of 7641 islands and has a population of around 103 million and is divided into three key geographical areas; Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with the capital being Manila.

If you go for a holiday in the Philippines you will be delighted with its abundance of natural beauty, the warm welcome of the Filipinos and the delights of its cuisine.

You will find chicken caldereta served in the majority of restaurants there, as its such a popular dish.

Bringing the taste of the Philippines to the west

I have used chicken but this can be substituted for beef or lamb which makes a great alternative and for an extra kick you could switch the hot chilli sauce for an extra hot sauce.

I hope you enjoy making this dish and more importantly that you enjoy the meal.

Chicken Caldereta

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My version of Chicken Caldereta, a wonderful Filipino curry

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      iaverclane 4 years ago

      i like caldereta!it so very very yummy dish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.................

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      zacarias,australia 4 years ago

      I love caldereta so much very yummy.

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      Aileen Billones 4 years ago from Naga City, Philippines

      I love Caldereta. Very delicious dish.

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      leon01 4 years ago

      Its my favorite dish and yes Naomi has performed at cultural shows in the Philippines and in the United Kingdom, the performance in the video was at my parents wedding anniversary as a special treat for them and there guest.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      The caldereta looks good! One of my favorite as well. :) And I enjoyed watching Naomi's fan dance. I wonder if she used to be a Filipino folk dancer? She's really good. Watching her traveled me back in time on our Filipino Week school programs when we do Filipino games and folk dances.) I love watching the folk dances. ^-^' And school competitions are much thrilling to watch :) Rated, useful and awesome!