Hello homemade chicken picadillo!

Hello homemade chicken picadillo!

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Today’s culinary creation is chicken picadillo!

Ingredients: ground chicken, potatoes, garlic, bell pepper, onion

Picadillo or the Filipino dish called “giniling” is one of my favorites! Gininiling is essentially ground meat. This dish is typically made with ground beef but ground chicken was used. Ground beef tends to be a bit oily.

I’m becoming quite a master chopper, hehe. Notice I said master chopper not master chef ;). All the knife skills I learned in cooking class came into major play for this dish! I had to chop the potatoes, garlic, bell pepper and onion. I shed a tear here and there during the time I was chopping too. Those onions get me every time! 😉

The chopping is the most time consuming part for this dish. Once that is done, the potatoes, garlic, bell pepper and onion get sautéed with the cooked ground chicken. This is best served over white rice.

My only missing ingredient for this dish was raisins! Filipino giniling dishes sometimes includes raisins for this! Nevertheless, I was happy that it had a fair share of potatoes and bell pepper that added plenty of flavor for this homemade picadillo.

Hello homemade dirty rice!

Hello homemade dirty rice!

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Ingredients: ground chicken, rice, onion, salt, garlic, bell pepper, paprika

Today’s culinary creation is dirty rice. I’ve always been a fan of Popeye chicken’s dirty rice and so today was an attempt to imitate that side. Instead of using ground beef however, ground chicken was used to make it a healthier version.

To make the rice, combine the onions, salt, garlic, red & green bell pepper, paprika, the ground chicken and rice, stir 1 1/2 cups water, cover & simmer until water is absorbed and rice is tender. The result is homemade dirty rice and a taste of New Orleans right at your home!
You can then pair with your favorite meat. I paired it with rotisserie chicken & added some roasted potatoes!

Hello homemade spicy spaghetti with ground chicken!

Hello homemade spicy spaghetti with ground chicken!

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Ingredients: noodles, ground chicken, Filipino banana ketchup

Today’s culinary creation is spicy spaghetti with ground chicken! I love Filipino spaghetti because it always has a slight hint of sweet. The reason for this is because instead of using tomato sauce, banana ketchup is used.

For a healthier spin on this dish, ground chicken was used instead of ground beef!

Also, today’s spaghetti is a bit on the hot side. There’s a spicy zest today due to an addition of a little bit of pepper & spices.