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How To Make Chicken Estofado (Estofadong Manok)

You will love this chicken estofado not only it's easy to cook dish, the ingredients are also very simple and few.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Chicken Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: chicken estofado, estofadong manok
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 306kcal
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup oyster sauce or Hoisin sauce
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. brown sugar or muscovado sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 pieces star anise whole
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • 2 pieces red onion chopped
  • 1 piece bay leaf or laurel leaf
  • 1 & 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. cooking oil


How To Make Chicken Estofado:

  • In a medium size non-stick wok or carajay heat cooking oil and saute garlic until fragrant.
  • Add in the onions and saute until tender. Then add the chicken pieces and stir cook until the chicken turns light brown.
  • Put in the star anise, bay leaf, brown sugar, pepper, soy sauce, oyster sauce and water.
  • Simmer the chicken until cooked and almost of the liquid has evaporated and the sauce is thick.
  • Be careful not to burn the chicken by stirring it constantly.
  • Turn off heat and serve hot. You can also garnish it with chopped green onion.



Cooking Tips of Chicken Estofado:

  • Marinate for Enhanced Flavor: Before cooking, marinate the chicken pieces in a mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, and your preferred spices for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse the meat, resulting in a more delicious and flavorful chicken estofado.
  • Simmer Slowly on Low Heat: To achieve tender and succulent chicken, simmer the dish slowly on low heat rather than rushing the cooking process. This allows the chicken to absorb the rich flavors of the sauce and ensures that the glaze thickens to perfection.
  • Adjust Sweetness to Taste: While the traditional recipe calls for a balance of sweet and savory flavors, feel free to adjust the amount of brown sugar to suit your taste preferences. Add more or less sugar to achieve the perfect level of sweetness that pleases your palate.