26 June 2015

Chicken and Banana Stew

Some gutsy souls have asked what I do all day as a stay-at-home momma. Well, for those who still wonder, just please stop, haha! Well, look at my healthy and happy child as an evidence of "my work". And I think you already know that one of the not-so secrets to successfully raising a healthy and happy child is feeding her with quality food. Yup, not junkies.

Heads up, it can be tricky. Sometimes, there are parents who only think of vegetables as healthy. And that vegetables can make their kids "fat". What? What's up with that? Fat doesn't mean healthy, right? 

Anyway, when Sophia went back to school last week, I made a promise to myself that daily dinners will be awesome — warm and homecooked delicious food, and hearty conversations. So I thought of cooking stew last night! This stew may look like pochero or afritada but trust me, it tastes different! I owe it to the five-spice powder and Knorr Seasoning that I used in this recipe. So if you're like my family who loves tomato-based dishes, try this.


- 500gms chicken
- 6 pcs saba banana, halved diagonally
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- chopped onion leeks
- 2tbsps Knorr Seasoning
- black peppercorns
- five spice powder, a pinch or two
- ground thyme, 1/2 tsp
- 200gms Del Monte tomato sauce
- 1 chicken broth cube
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 cups water
- salt and ground black pepper
- cooking oil for frying


1. Sear the chicken cuts with vegetable oil in a casserole. Once all sides are seared, set aside and discard half of the oil used.

2. In the same casserole, saute garlic, onion and upper root part of onion leeks. Make the peppercorns, five-spice powder and ground thyme party with the aromatics. Don't make the chicken miss the party, put 'em back.

3. Pour water and add the chicken broth cube, bananas, Knorr seasoning, tomato sauce and brown sugar. Mix, cover and do not disturb for 30-35 minutes in medium fire.

4. Your house smells festive already, open the culprit and put half the onion leeks. Let it open and simmer for 5 more minutes.

5. Serve it in a bowl and garnish with the remaining onion leeks. Good enough to eat by itself or with a crusty bread but perfect with white rice!

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PS - You may add bay leaves for more aroma.


  1. I agree with you on eating right! :) This looks yummy, I'll try this tonight! ;) Thanks for sharing...looking forward to more sumptuous recipes!

    1. It's all about keeping the balance. We still love fast-food eh. :)