Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
I can't believe there's no recipe for Tinola on this site. it's a staple of Filipino cuisine, and it's basically a ginger chicken stewish soup. I've modified my mom's recipe to include only chicken breasts, as the original includes all sorts of chicken parts that I don't eat. As Filipino recipes are meant to be taste-tested at every step and tweaked to one's liking, these should only be general guidelines to help you perfect your own Tinola recipe.
- 2 -3 chicken breasts, cut up into small pieces
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons gingerroot, zested
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 chayote, peeled and cubed (You can also substitute green papaya or winter melon)
- olive oil
- 3⁄4-1 cup water
- Saute garlic, onion and ginger in oil for 30 seconds over med heat.
- Add chicken and saute until chicken meat turns white. Add fish sauce.
- Cover and simmer until chicken is almost completely cooked (7-10 min.). At this point, there will be a fair amount of broth, since all the juices from the chicken are coming out.
- Add water (I usually add 3/4 cup and that gives me a pretty good, concentrated flavor. my mom adds a little more than a cup, and the flavor is much mellower and sometimes I add more fish sauce at the table. really, you should just experiment).
- Add chayote and simmer for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Serve over rice.
When I found this recipe I went shopping for ingredients right away. Luckily I found frozen chili pepper leaves (dahon ng sili) at the Filipino store. Oh my god! Every spoonful of this wonderful tinola cured me of my homesickness. It felt like I was home again. Thank you so much, you have no idea how good this dish made me feel.
yum. i added about 7 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of fish sauce. 3 tablespoons of fish sauce was a bit too much. added "magic sarap" (a powder seasoning) that is popular here in the philippines. the magic sarap powder helped the flavor immensely. masarap (tagalog for delicious).
Thanks a lot for this recipe!!! Now, I learn to cook this soothing dish... the broth is just awesome... will definitely cook again!