Chicken Tinola with Spinach

Tinolang Manok (Chicken Tinola) is a very well known Filipino comfort food. It is pinoy’s very own version of chicken soup. You won’t find any noodle in this delicious soup. With the chicken and the ginger being the constant ingredient in this soup, some of the ingredients can actually be interchanged or substituted. For example, green papaya or chayote (sayote in Filipino). Or between moringa leaves (malunggay) or chili leaves. Some would say the recipe or ingredients added are based on taste. But in truth, majority would say that it’s based on availability – it’s what’s available growing in the backyard.

Living in the US, it’s hard to find moringa leaves. I was able to plant one eventually in our backyard, but it’s still not ready for harvest soon. I can also try to ask some of my Filipino friends at church for some, but I’m shy to ask sometimes. An elder at church once actually advised me that I can use spinach instead of moringa leaves. I was skeptic at first. Until she cooked my husband and I a whole pot of chicken tinola. She had told us that she had put in spinach. It tasted really good. Ever since that day, we started making chicken tinola with spinach.

We just recently made some with chayote and spinach, and it was delicious and comforting, as always.

ASL 06.25.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Chicken BBQ Marinated in Sprite

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Chicken Barbeque (Filipino Style)

Before grilling, we marinated 4 chicken leg quarters with the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 lemon – squeeze all the juice out
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • a drizzle of salt
  • 1/4 cup banana ketchup (yes, banana not tomato)
  • 3 cups of sprite (yes, the soda!)

Let it sit overnight in the fridge then grill the following day.

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Eat with rice and dip in spicy soy sauce vinegar.

Spicy soy sauce and vinegar (dipping sauce):

  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon sugarcane vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chili pepper – or – use fresh chili pressed against into sauce using fork.

You can also drizzle the dripping sauce on the white rice.

ASL 03.04.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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