Finatinas | Kadun Pika (Spicy Chicken Stew)

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Welcome to Marianas Variety’s new local cooking series, called FinaTina’s!

Finatinas means to make or cook in Chamorro. Together with the Around the Islands team, local cook Tina Concepcion and other hosts will share a video and story feature on how to prepare the islands’ popular local dishes.

For our first episode, which you can watch on or on our Youtube Channel @mvariety670, Tina shares how to make Kadun Pika, a spicy chicken stew that is a favorite local dish and is known as a comfort food.

Kadun Pika (Spicy Chicken Stew)

Traditionally stewing chicken is used, but if you could use frying chicken if you prefer.

Servings 4-6 people


1 Whole Stewing Chicken, cut into small pieces

2-3 tsps. Vegetable Oil

1 Small Onion, chopped

4 Cloves Garlic, diced

¾ Cup Soy Sauce

¼ Cup White Vinegar

1 tsp. Black Pepper

2-3 tsp. Fresh Ground Hot Pepper (Donne’)

6-8 Cups Water

2 Local Chili Peppers (Donne’), sliced

Tip: Add fresh sliced hot chili peppers (Donne’) before serving to give that extra spice.

Step 1:

Preheat pan, drizzle vegetable oil , add onions, garlic, and sauté for about two minutes. Place stewing chicken into pot stirring occasionally so chicken don’t stick to pot. Cook for about 15 minutes, just to brown the chicken.

Step 2:

Add water and cover pot. Cook chicken on medium heat till chicken is nice and tender, for about two hours. Only an hour for frying chicken. Check chicken constantly to make sure water does not dry up or else, your chicken will get dry and hard.

Step 3 :

Once chicken is cooked, add soy sauce, vinegar and hot pepper. Cook chicken over medium heat till sauce thickens, for about 15 minutes. Best served over hot steamed white rice or Titiyas. Enjoy!

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