Filipino Chicken Caldereta (Chicken Stewed in Tomato Sauce)

The Filipino Chicken Caldereta (Chicken Stewed in Tomato Sauce) Recipe Serves 4-6

Filipino Chicken Caldereta

2 lbs. chicken, cut into serving pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
I medium-sized onion, finely chopped
I medium-sized tomato, finely chopped
1/2-3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup green olives
1 hot chili pepper (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup sweet red pepper slices

In a deep pan over medium heat, sauté garlic, onion and tomato in olive oil for 2 minutes. Add chicken, water, tomato paste, lemon juice, bay leaf, sugar, soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until chicken pieces are almost tender. Add green olives and hot chili pepper. Cook for another 4-5 minutes.

Add sweet red pepper slices last, cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove fat that may accumulate on top of sauce. Transfer dish to a shallow server. Serve immediately.
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