A Chicken Caldereta Recipe

Chicken Caldereta is wonderful.  It is a Filipino dish.  The word Caldereta itself actually means “stew” in Spanish. This is kind of a chicken stew dish.  I thought a chicken caldereta recipe would be a good change up from the other dishes I have been writing about.

I love stew.  I remember when I was a kid sometimes when people would ask me my favorite food I would say stew or soup.  At first I did it just to be different because it seemed like everyone else was saying pizza or hamburgers, but the truth was I really did like soup.

I also love chicken.  It seems to creep up into the menu at our house pretty much every week.

Chicken Caldereta is also often spelled Kaldereta or in the native language kalderetang manok.  This dish is usually made with lamb meat or beef.  The broth is mostly tomato based. Besides meat, the next prominent ingredients are potatoes and carrots (like a true stew).

Chicken Caldereta Recipe (adapted from sampateek.com)


1 lb. lean chicken breast, cut into chunks

1 Tbsp. peanut butter

1 medium onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium tomatoes, sliced

1 medium carrot, cubed

1 medium potato, cubed

1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips

½ cup tomato sauce

1 cup of water

3 hot peppers

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

½ cup cheddar cheese, grated using the Asian Slice Cheese Grater 🙂

Cooking Method:
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute garlic and onions until onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add the chicken, carrot, potato, tomato sauce, peanut butter, and water. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add bell pepper and hot peppers, and half of the cheese. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  4. Transfer in a serving dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. Serve