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How to Make Chicken Menudo: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

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How to make Filipino-style chicken menudo.

How to make Filipino-style chicken menudo.

Menudo, also called ginamay, is a classic Filipino stew that is traditionally made with pork, pork liver, vegetables, raisins, and tomato sauce. In my recipe, I used chicken and chicken heart in order to create a healthier version of this famous dish. You may also try including chicken liver, but be sure to cook it properly to prevent it from getting mushy. Enjoy the most flavorful chicken menudo recipe you may ever try!

The ingredients for the chicken menudo with tomato sauce.

The ingredients for the chicken menudo with tomato sauce.


  • 1 cup chicken, diced
  • 1 cup chicken heart (and optional liver), diced
  • 1 cup sweet tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup potato, diced
  • 1/4 cup carrot, diced
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup hot dog, diced
  • 2 tablespoons onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • water, as needed
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • cooking oil, just a small amount


For Preparation:

  • 4 medium bowls
  • 6 small bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons

For Cooking:

  • pan
  • cooking spoon

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

25 min

40 min

3 to 4 servings


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Saute onion and garlic.
  2. Add chicken. Cook until slightly changed in color.
  3. Add chicken heart. Cook until it turns dark.
  4. Add water and tomato sauce. Simmer for a few minutes.
  5. Add hot dog and potato. Cook until tender.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Add carrots, bell pepper, chickpeas, and raisins. Cook until tender.
  7. Taste to adjust the seasoning.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Tip and Techniques

  • If you can't find sweet tomato sauce, or if you prefer an alternative, you may substitute regular tomato sauce.
  • Add cheese to add saltiness to the dish.
  • Saute the hot dog together with the chicken and chicken heart to make a layer of texture.
  • Use any type of hot dog or sausage available.
  • Replace the chicken heart with an additional amount of chicken if the former is not available.
  • Adjust the quantity of raisins for more or less sweetness to the dish. But remember that some raisins are sweetened or sugar-coated, so make sure to taste them first in order to properly adjust the overall sweetness of the stew.
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Chicken menudo recipe.

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Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 11, 2019:

Hi, Dred Cuan, I appreciated you. Have a nice time.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on May 11, 2019:

Hi Miebakagh,

So true. I like the combination of vegetables and meats into this dish plus the hearty flavor of the tomato sauce.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 28, 2019:

Hello, Dread Cuan, this is a very delicious meal. With so many natural organic items from the garden, there is no doubt that the finished product is a well-balanced diet. Don't you agree? I like the inclusion of potatoes in the cooking pot. Thanks for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 11, 2019:

Thanks, Dred. Chickpeas are widely available in the UK.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on April 10, 2019:

Hi Miebakagh,

It's actually one of my favorite dishes ever as I really enjoy to eat a meal with a combination of meats and vegetables.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 10, 2019:

Hello, Dred cuam, with lots of fruits and vegetables in the dish, plus the potatoes, and the chicken, this makes a delicious balanced diet. Thanks for sharing.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on April 10, 2019:

Hello Liz,

Garbanzos are also called chickpeas in English. It's a kind of beans commonly used in North America. I hope that information helps! Thank you for dropping by.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 10, 2019:

This looks like a tasty dish. What are garbanzos? I am not familiar with this ingredient.

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