A Winner Chicken Dinner Recipe for Fuss-Free Weeknights

Braise your way into this easy weeknight meal: sarciadong manok!

IMAGE Majoy Siason

To braise means to sear meat and then slowly let it simmer in liquid, covered. It requires very little effort and even less clean up, making it an ideal go-to for weeknight cooking.


Sarciadong manok, or chicken sarciado, is a Filipino favorite where chicken is braised slowly in tomatoes.  Remember to use red, juicy native tomatoes to make a vibrant stew—fresh always beats out canned when it comes to both tasty and healthy home cooking.


Sarciadong Manok Recipe


Ready in 30 minutes

Serves 3 to 4


500 grams chicken parts

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 ½ tablespoons garlic, chopped

1 ½ tablespoons onions, chopped

2 pieces laurel leaves

3 cups tomatoes, chopped

1 tablespoon fish sauce (patis)

1 ½ teaspoons tomato paste

¼ cup water

¼ cup peas

Salt and pepper, to taste


Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Sauté onions, garlic, laurel leaves, and tomatoes until tomatoes are softened. Add tomato paste and continue to sauté for a minute, then pour in the patis and add the chicken.


Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes while turning the pieces. Pour in the water and let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Add the peas in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Season to taste.


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