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Family Tjin's Chicken Stew recipe!
Tjin's family recipe: Chicken stew
15 min
Cooking time
45 min
60 min
Gepubliceerd January 2, 2024

This is the Tjin's Family recipe and it is now one of our favorite dishes to make and to eat. My brothers and I all eat at home when we hear our mother is making this for dinner. This dish is so delicious that I would like to share it with you. Here you can read exactly how you can make this stew chicken yourself. So read the recipe or watch the video at the bottom of the page!

This family recipe is inspired by Surinamese cuisine and has been passed down for generations. The 5 spice herbs used to be made by Grandpa Tjin himself, but for convenience we now use the ready-made 5 spice mixture . In terms of taste, you can expect a spicy balance between sweet and salty with a deliciously tender chicken that falls off the bone.

My mother always serves the stew chicken with white jasmine rice and long beans or string beans. At home we always use jasmine/pandan rice because of the aroma and thicker grain. Do you want to know more about rice? Read the differences here .

In this dish we use an adjuma or Madame Jeanette pepper that we cook with the chicken. Try to remove it whole after stewing so that it does not become too spicy.

Try the recipe and you will understand why this is the favorite dish in the Tjin household.




Overige ingrediënten:

Jasmine Rice, 1kg
Jasmine Rice
5 Spice Mix, 50g
5 Spice Mix
Premium Dark Soy Sauce, 500ml
Premium Dark Soy Sauce
Kecap Manis, 600ml
Kecap Manis
Chicken drumsticks
Leaf celery
Madam Jeanette


  1. Clean the chicken and chop it into large pieces. Note: don't chop the chicken too small! Cut the onions, garlic and ginger into small pieces and fry them in the pan with some oil.
  2. Then marinate the chicken in dark soy sauce or mushroom soy sauce
  3. Put the chicken drumsticks in the pan and fry until brown, but not cooked through. We are going to stew the chicken
  4. Add the 5 spice powder and a dash of ketjap manis to the chicken in the pan. Then add the sliced tomatoes, sliced celery leaves and a pinch of salt
  5. Add the adjuma/madam jeanette pepper on top and finally add a maggi cube and a cup of water
  6. Bring everything to a boil and close the lid on the pan. Let the whole thing simmer for 45 minutes on low heat.
  7. In the meantime, you can cook the jasmine rice and vegetables
  8. When the chicken is ready after 45 minutes, remove the pepper and you can serve the dish! 


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