Back in the days, the original Chicken Sarciado is just sauteed with lots of tomatoes. These tomatoes becomes sauce. Our granny’s doesn’t use ready made tomato sauce yet because it is not yet readily available in sari sari stores.
Our ancestor will use an all natural ingredients in our food that is guaranteed fresh and no chemical additives or preservatives. Those are the days when people have longer lives indeed compared today.
So if you want to cook a Sarciadong manok without the tomato sauce, you can do it by sauteeing it with lots of fresh tomatoes until it becomes an all natural tomato sauce. Please note that real tomato sauce doesn’t look red, it should look like color orange. Except if you use deep red tomatoes found in other countries.
SARCIADONG MANOK RECIPE
½ kilograms chicken, cut in serving size (bone in)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
6 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 medium size potatoes, slice in round
1 large carrots, sliced in round
1 green bell pepper, sliced
½ cup tomato sauce
2 pcs laurel leaves
½ cup frozen green peas
1½ tbsp cooking oil
1 cup water
1 tbsp patis, (fish sauce)
1 tsp sugar, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
In a wok, heat oil and sauté garlic, onion and tomatoes.
Add-in chicken and let it cook until chicken meat turns slightly brownish in color. Season it with patis, salt, pepper and sugar and toss it together to combine. Then add water and bay leaves.
Let it simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes. Add carrots, potatoes, red bell pepper, and continue to simmer until tender.
Add green peas and cook for additional 1-2 minutes. Serve and enjoy!