Hello there! Have you ever wonder how to cook chicken Tinola for Lunch or Dinner? Chicken Tinola is an authentic, soup-based Filipino dish, which, of course, the main ingredient is “Chicken.” It is traditionally cooked on low heat until the meat becomes tender using a Clay Pot known as “Palayok.”
During my childhood days, my mom always cooked this awesome family favorite recipe. We have a lot of free-run birds in our backyard roaming; every time we wanted to cook chicken tinola, we need to catch one! The tricky part is they run so fast, which always gives me a hard time! Some of them fight back and will bite you. (well, who does want to be eaten?).
Once we catch it, my mom prepares and cleans it for cooking. I helped her by chopping vegetables like chayote, ginger, garlic, and onions. I even hand-picked chili leaves or malunggay (moringa or drumstick tree) if you can’t find one.
The recipe has been pass from generation to generation. I even remember that one time, when all we ate the entire day was Chicken Tinola! Burp! Now enough with the story, who doesn’t love chicken? Not the Filipinos! This article will teach you how to cook this famous dish!
- Native Chicken or free range Chicken (breast, wings, liver, heart or the leg part)
- Sliced green papaya or chayote
- Siling labuyo leaves or moringa leaves
- Onions, minced
- Garlic, minced
- 3-4 inches of Ginger (sliced)
- Ground pepper
- Fish sauce or Salt
- Water (or rice washing)
- 2 pcs. Knorr chicken broth cubes
To prepare Chicken Tinola, follow the easy steps below:
1. Heat the cooking oil, saute onions, garlic, and ginger.
2. Add chicken and cook until it turns light brown.
3. Add fish sauce or salt and ground pepper.
4. Pour water (or rice washing). Let it simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.
5. Add green papaya or chayote and simmer for 5 minutes.
6. Flavor with Knorr chicken cubes, salt, and pepper.
7. Add moringa or siling labuyo leaves (Chili leaves) simmer for 3-4 minutes.
8. Serve hot.
Most importantly don’t forget to: SERVE WITH RICE!
Some prefer making a dip made with fish sauce and red chili.
Chicken Tinola is the best during rainy seasons or cold weather. But you can enjoy it any time of the year. It’s very easy and it would only take you an hour to prepare.
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