Chicken Stew with Whole Spices

My Favourite Chicken Recipes

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2095I want to say thank you so much to those who continued to support me with heaps of likes and kind messages during my two-week absence. I am so grateful for your continued support. I am back, but it’s so difficult to get back into the blogging routine. I managed to work on a post, today, so I’m going to share with you my favourite chicken stew, with whole spices. The list of ingredients looks very long and intimidating but once they are assembled, the cooking step is very easy, short and straightforward.

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2098The spices are the basic ones used to make curry or pilau. I used whole cloves, cardamoms, cumin seeds and cinnamon. To the whole spices, I added sweet paprika, turmeric and some tomatoes. Besides enhancing flavour, the turmeric imparts a lovely yellow colour to the chicken. I used a tablespoon of ground almonds to thicken the soup. You can also use ground cashew nuts, or sesame seeds, or any other thickening ingredient you prefer. The stew is best served with some steamed basmati rice or if you prefer, brown rice or quinoa, or any other grain that pleases your palate. You can also serve it with the various flatbreads or even pasta. The suggestions are endless.

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2110We really enjoyed eating this simple stew. I hope you also love stews. If you ever try it, kindly give me a feedback. I wish you a lovely week. 

  • Ingredients
  • 8 chicken pieces
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • I large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2-3 clove garlics crushed
  • 1 whole chilli finely chopped or ½-1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 2 inch long cinnamon stick broken into pieces
  • 2 cardamoms, split open at the tip of the pod
  • 4 whole cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 250ml (1 cup) chicken broth (stock) or I cup water + bouillon cuhe
  • 4 small potatoes, peeled (optional),
  • 1 small carrot diced
  • 1 ripe tomato, skinned and chopped
  • ¼ cup passata or crushed (pureed) tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon ground almonds
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) to garnish

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2078Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start (oops I forgot the crushed tomato)

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2079Heat the oil over medium heat and fry the cumin seeds until they pop,

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2082then add the onions, ginger, garlic and finely chopped chillies or chilli flakes.

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2084Fry until the onions are soft but not brown then add the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and fry for 1 minute.

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2087Stir in the turmeric and paprika and stir briefly,

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2089then add the chicken pieces, adjust the heat to medium high and fry the chicken pieces for 5-6 minutes until they are fully coated with spices. Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2091Add potatoes, carrot and stock, bring to the boil, cover the pot and simmer until chicken is tender about 30 minutes. Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_2093Stir in tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and ground almonds, bring back to the boil and simmer for further 6 minutes. Check seasoning, stir in 1 tablespoon coriander (cilantro)

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_1978and serve.

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_1987Garnish with the rest of coriander. (cilantro)

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices myfavouritepastime.com_1990The chicken tasted extremely nice

Chicken Stew with Whole Spices

Preparation Time: Cooking Time: 1 hour Serves: 4 Ingredients

  • 8 chicken pieces
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • I large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2-3 clove garlics crushed
  • 1 whole chilli finely chopped or ½-1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 2 inch long cinnamon stick broken into pieces
  • 2 cardamoms, split open at the tip of the pod
  • 4 whole cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 250ml (1 cup) chicken broth (stock) or I cup water + bouillon cuhe
  • 4 small potatoes, peeled (optional),
  • 1 small carrot diced
  • 1 ripe tomato, skinned and chopped
  • ¼ cup passata or crushed (pureed) tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon ground almonds
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) to garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil over medium heat and fry the cumin seeds until they pop, then add the onions, ginger, garlic and finely chopped chillies or chilli flakes. Fry until the onions are soft but not brown.
  2. Add the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and fry for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the turmeric and paprika and stir briefly, then add the chicken pieces, adjust the heat to medium high and fry the chicken pieces for 5-6 minutes until they are fully coated with spices.
  4. Add potatoes, carrot and stock, bring to the boil, cover the pot and simmer until chicken is tender about 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and ground almonds, bring back to the boil and simmer for further 6 minutes. Check seasoning, stir in 1 tablespoon coriander (cilantro) and serve. Garnish with the rest of coriander.

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32 thoughts on “Chicken Stew with Whole Spices

  1. Delectable chicken stew. I love all the spices you have added. I bet it tasted wonderful and no doubt the aroma I your house was mouth watering! At first I though you just used chicken drumsticks, but I see it’s chicken pieces. I guess you could use just legs, or wings too if you wanted to. Wings are my favorite! How’s your week going?

    1. Hi Sandy,
      The stew was very nice. I used chicken legs (also called maryland) so I had some thighs and drumsticks. I love wings too and I bet you can use whatever cut suits your palate most. My week is extra nice and warm and there is nothing to complain about. I wish you a wonderful week!
      Liz

  2. The color is so nice, Liz!
    I bet it tastes super good as well!
    It literally looks like gold in the bowl!

      1. It’s an exciting week for me, Liz.
        The weather has been – strangely – nice in this Pancaroba season.

        A friend who got married in Australia (and has been living there) came back to Indonesia and she’s staying for three weeks. We got a lot of things to catch up! 😀

        I also said goodbye to a friend who moved to another city because she got promoted (good for her!).
        I promised her I would visit her as soon as I can.

        I hope the rest of the week is gonna be good!
        I hope you are enjoying a marvelous week too, Liz!
        😀

        1. Hi Hari,
          I am on google again (re: Pancaroba =the word has no equivalent in English (LOL). but I now understand what it means, thank God!
          mm nice to know you hosted a friend from Australia and your friend got promoted. The week is good, and warm, intact too warm coz today I was complaining about the heat. The evenings are very cool so a good change from day. I have nothing to complain about just a lot of things to be grateful about.
          Liz

        2. I guess we are experiencing similar weather, Liz.
          Today is extra hot and the evening is also very warm.

          Sitting near the opened window, I can’t help imagining those Arabian nights! 😀

          I should make a cup of mint tea. It should help a lot!
          Have a lovely Thursday!

          By the way, the superstitious townsfolk believe that the weather of Thursday will forecast the weather of the next six days (until the next Thursday).

          I guess it means: more hot days coming! L-O-L!!!

        3. It was hot here yesterday (but our hot does not measure to yours, I believe). Today it’s sunny and cool, so much better. It’s long since I had a cup of mint tea. I shall make myself some tonight. Thanks Hari, I hope the next six days will not remain hot. Have a lovely evening!
          Liz

  3. We think you’ll be back to your regular routine in no time. 🙂 Chicken drumsticks/legs are so good in stews. The breast part gets a little tough in stews, we think. Love the colors on your stew. 🙂

  4. Welcome back! We’ve been busy with doctors for a while, so may have missed a few posts. Will go back to catch up soon. ;->

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

    1. Hi Judie,
      Thank you. Hope all is well with both of you. No problem. I do understand. My best wishes to your best half.
      Virtual Hugs,
      Liz

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