Braised Chicken with Celery in Tomato Sauce Recipe

I collected my blood test results on Saturday and it’s both good and bad news. Good news is, my thyroid function is perfectly fine. Bad news is, as I do not have a thyroid disorder, it just means the lump on my neck is an unknown growth. Whether it’s benign or malignant, I’ll only know after the ultrasound and biopsy so I’m scheduled to see an ENT specialist soon. Fingers and toes crossed, again.

I’m trying not to imagine the worst, not when I’m feeling under the weather at the moment. But seeing it from another angle, it’s good that I do think about the worst case scenario because I’ve spent the weekend sorting out my life and health insurances (which I’ve procrastinated for the longest time ever) and also had my nominations done up. To say I’m not worried is of course not true. But it’s not to the point that I feel stressed or depressed. I just don’t like to be caught unaware in an undesirable situation.

Feeling very low in energy today but blogging helps take my mind away from the zillion things I need to do.

Today’s recipe-of-the-day is a very hearty and homey recipe of chicken braised in a sweet and tangy sauce. An ideal recipe to start off a new week when you need to clear out old scraps in the fridge because you can literally use whatever leftover meat or vegetables in this. Bottled tomato sauce and chilli sauce are just what’s needed for the base. Enjoy!

Braised Chicken with Celery in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Braised Chicken with Celery in Tomato Sauce

Ingredients (serves 3-4)
1/2 chicken (approx. 500g), cut into pieces
5 slices ginger
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 sticks celery,ย cut into pieces
1 carrot, peeled & sliced
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Sauce: (combine in a bowl)
1 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
500ml water

1. Marinate chicken with salt, pepper and corn flour. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
2. Heat oil in pan and brown the chicken pieces.
3. Add ginger and garlic and stir fry till fragrant. Add in celery and carrot and stir fry to combine.
4. Add sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 12-15 minutes till chicken pieces are cooked through and carrots are tender. Serve while hot.


  • mr b cooks says:

    Another delicious dish! Would you just use chicken breast for this or could you use thighs?

    Sending you lots of positive thoughts and best wishes, stay strong.

    • Geri Tan says:

      The sauce was really moreish ๐Ÿ™‚ I used half a chicken but thought the chicken leg and thigh parts tasted the best in this so yes, I’d say go ahead and use all thighs if you like.

      And thanks a lot for sending across some positive energies ๐Ÿ™‚

  • smurf says:

    Will pray for you, dear friend. Hang in there. Hope that everything will turn out alright for you. Yesterday, I was at the times bookstore in centrepoint. They are currently having a ‘buy a tote bag for 20 dollars and fill it up with as many books as you like’ clearance sale. We bought one bag and it was so fun to scoop up lots of books and fill up the bag. It reminded me of you and i could sense how happy you must have felt when you went for the book sale in ang mo kio a few weeks ago. Yesterday, i was grinning from ear to ear and clutching the precious books that i brought back. It is going to be fun to start reading these books. Take good care, Geri. Thanks for all the interesting blogs that you share with us. ?

  • dosirakbento says:

    Oh, I really hope you will have some better news soon. It’s always so difficult when they don’t know a reason or can’t diagnose, the uncertainty is often more stressful than knowing what you have to deal with. Fingers crossed for you!

    • Geri Tan says:

      I agree! I was even hoping it would be a thyroid problem and even though I might have to eat medicine for years or for life, at least I know it wouldn’t be a deadly disease and it could be easily controlled with medication. But fortunately or unfortunately, it isn’t. So this time I’m definitely scheduled for an ultrasound and biopsy. All fingers and toes crossed.

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