Discover Delicious Chicken Pastil, A Filipino Muslim Favorite
Pastilan ka Darleng! I often hear my Ilongga MIL say this to my father-in-law, sometimes in a half-joking -half annoyed tone. And I wonder if that pastil is related to our recipe today.
This delicious dish (not to be confused with Chicken Pastel which is a creamy chicken dish) originated from Muslim communities in Mindanao and it’s seriously addicting.
Chicken Pastil is basically steamed rice topped with flavorful shredded chicken meat called “kagikit”. It’s the perfect satisfying meal whether you eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Making it at home is so easy too.
To start, I boil chicken breast until cooked through. Then I shred it up with my hands. Meanwhile, I saute onions and garlic in oil until fragrant. That’s when the shredded chicken goes in along with soy sauce and turmeric. I let it cook down until the kagikit is lightly browned and full of flavor.
Next is assembling the Pastil. I shape the steamed rice on a plate. Then I top it with the aromatic kagikit (the shredded chicken). You can also wrap it all up in a banana leaf if taking it on the go. For modern conveniences, packing it up in a lunch box will also be a good option.
I like serving my Chicken Pastil with sliced cucumber or tomato for crunch. Hard-boiled eggs are also a fave protein addition. Don’t forget your spicy condiment too! It adds just the right kick. You can add green chilies (siling pansigang) or straight-up labuyo if you want.
Give this Chicken Pastil recipe a try, parents. It’s guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family. This easy recipe is just right for a weekend breakfast with the kids. Sarap na sarap sila so I know you will be too! Let me know if you have any other questions! Til next time, relax lang ha? #ChickenPastil #FilipinoMuslimFood #RelaxLangMom