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Chicken Castanets

Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Liza Agbanlog


  • 8 chicken thighs or 4 thighs and 4 drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp Knorr or Maggi seasoning
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil plus more for sautéing
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 small Spanish chorizo (about 5 oz) sliced diagonally
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut into rounds
  • 6 oz small white mushrooms lightly rinsed and wiped dry, about 2 cups
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 16 grape tomatoes
  • ½ tsp dried thyme optional
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbsp water


  • Marinate chicken pieces in Knorr seasoning for at least an hour or overnight.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry the chicken in batches, until golden brown; set aside.
  • Using a different pan or skillet, sauté garlic and onion in hot oil for 2-3 minutes or until onion has softened.
  • Add chorizo, carrots and mushrooms; sauté for 2 minutes or until mushrooms turned brown.
  • Add chicken broth and browned chicken. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let mixture simmer for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  • Stir in tomatoes and dried thyme, if using. Give cornstarch mixture a quick stir and then add to the pan. Let mixture simmer until sauce thickens. Season to taste by adding Knorr seasoning if needed.
  • Serve with steamed rice and enjoy!