- Ready In:
- 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.
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