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Kelaguen Mannok (Chamorro-style Chicken Salad) with Red Rice

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chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

a.k.a. “What am I going to do with all of this leftover chicken?!?!”

Kelaguen is an excellent way to use leftover chicken. It’s a light chicken salad; there’s no heavy mayo holding it together,  just lots and lots of lemon juice and green onions.  Traditionally, chicken pieces are marinated in soy sauce and cane vinegar, then grilled and chopped. I had a store-bought rotisserie chicken that needed to be used up, so that’s what I used. Thai bird chilis are usually used in kelaguen, but I didn’t have any or hand nor did I feel like going to the store to get some, so I used Serrano chilis instead. Adjust the chili usage to your desired heat level. I tend to like things spicy.

One last super important note – do NOT use sweetened coconut from the baking aisle for this recipe. Fresh shredded coconut is best, but frozen works as well, as long as it is UNSWEETENED.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

You’ll need lemons, chicken, unsweetened coconut, sea salt, green onions and chilis.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

If you’re using a whole rotisserie chicken, remove the skin, debone and chop the meat.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

Chop the green onions. Chop the white onions finely. Slice the chilis thinly.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

Juice a whole bunch of lemons, you’ll need about 1/2 cup lemon juice. That’s 5-6 medium lemons.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

Add the lemon juice to the chicken.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

An important note about the coconut (if you haven’t read the other 4 important notes about this coconut): do not use sweetened coconut for this recipe. It should be unsweetened, grated coconut. Fresh is better, but frozen is fine.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

Stir in the green onion, white onion and chilis.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

Taste it. Does it need more lemon juice? A bit of salt? More chili? Adjust as needed. There’s no “right” way for this to taste, as long as it tastes good to you!

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chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

Amazing. I love them! Let the kelaguen chill and the flavors marry while you make the rice.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

For the rice you’ll need … well, rice, achiote (annatto) powder, onion, garlic, and sea salt.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

In a medium sauce pan, add oil and saute onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the rice…

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

…and the garlic, water and achiote powder. Cover and simmer on low until liquid has absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 minutes.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

Fluff the rice with a fork.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

That’s it! Sprinkle a few more chopped green onions on top and enjoy.

chicken kelaguen and red rice recipe on fmitk.com

It’s the perfect quick summer meal – light and refreshing!

Kelaguen Mannok (Chamorro-style Chicken Salad) with Red Rice

makes 4-6 servings in ~45 minutes

for the chicken

4 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1/2 – 3/4 cup lemon juice (5-6 lemons)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded (not sweet baking coconut!!)
8 Thai bird chilis (I used 2 Serrano chilis), thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups green onion, chopped
1 small onion, chopped fine
salt, to taste

for the rice

1 tsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups white rice (I used short-grain)
3 cups water
1 1/2 tsp achiote (annatto) powder
1/2 tsp salt

Directions

for the chicken

In a medium bowl, combine the cooked, chopped chicken, 1/2 cup of lemon juice and coconut. Stir to combine. Add in chopped green onion, chilis, and white onion. Stir to combine and taste. Add salt, additional lemon juice or chilis to taste. Chill and let the flavors marry while the rice cooks.

for the rice

In a medium saucepan, add in oil and saute onion over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in garlic, rice, water, achiote powder and salt. Stir to combine. Set heat to low, cover pan, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork.

Serve the red rice with the kelaguen, garnish with additional chopped green onion and enjoy!

 

Kelaguen Mannok (Chamorro-style Chicken Salad) with Red Rice
Kelaguen Mannok (Chamorro-style Chicken Salad) with Red Rice
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Kelaguen Mannok (Chamorro-style Chicken Salad) with Red Rice

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

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4 replies
  1. sundiegoeats
    sundiegoeats says:

    Had to look up kelaguen because have never heard of this dish and have no idea where its from! Where did you hear about it? I love everything about it. Coconut is so good with savoury food (looooove Colombian coconut rice….and coconut curry….and coconut battered things…I could go on but you get the idea) and to mix it in with the chicken is so cool. Where do you buy fresh shredded coconut or frozen shredded coconut?

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    • holly
      holly says:

      The first time I had it was at Chamorro Grill off of Friars Rd. You have to have their version! It’s so good!!! I get the frozen shredded coconut at Seafood City. They have whole coconuts there that you can shred fresh yourself, but I don’t know how to open a coconut so I just go for the frozen kind lol

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