If you like chicken and want to try something different, you definitely have got to try Chicken Chalakiles. A very popular dish here on Guam, this basically is a stew made with chicken, toasted ground rice, coconut milk, and colored with achote/achuete or annatto seeds or powder. It is a great dish and one that needs to be on your "must try" list!!
So I had some for lunch the other day over white Jasmine rice. I was told that I needed a bigger plate. What do you think? I didn't think so. I just filled this plate up 2 more times....
Anyway, here is the recipe that I used...
- 1 whole chicken cut into small tablespoon sized pieces
- ½ medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp of oil
- Water to cover chicken in pot
- ½ cup of cream of rice (approximate)
- Achote/Annatto seeds for coloring (I used one 1/3 oz. packet of Mama Sita’s powdered achuete)
- 1 can, 15 oz., of coconut milk
- 10 fresh hot peppers, crushed (optional but we love hot pepper)
- Salt to taste…
- In pot over medium-high heat, sauté onions and garlic in oil;
- Add the chicken and brown;
- Add water just to cover chicken by 1 to 2 inches;
- Bring to boil and reduce heat to low and until chicken is cooked (about 20 minutes);
- After about 15 minutes add the achote (powdered), stirring until it all has dissolved;
- Add the cream of rice until you have the consistency that you like. You don’t want it so thick that it will not readily flow onto and over your plate;
- Add the hot peppers. These are optional but add greatly to the flavor. Reduce amount to your taste;
- Then add the can of coconut milk and stir;
- Salt to taste.
Enjoy over white rice. We use Jasmine in our home. Not as sticky and has a great flavor.
Give this dish a try. You will love it....I'm sure!!!
Until next time....