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

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I lived in the Philippines until I was 23; then I moved to the UK. I learned to cook at a very early age, and cooking has become a passion.

Chicken Caldereta


Chicken caldereta is wonderful Filipino dish that is often served during special occasions. However, this dish is so good that you can serve it anytime. Here is the recipe for this tasty chicken dish.

Cook Time for Our Wonderful Chicken Caldereta

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20 min

30 min

50 min

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.

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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.

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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

My version of Chicken Caldereta, a wonderful Filipino curry


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