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Friday, December 4, 2009

Comfort food - Chicken Tinola

I grow up mainly eating chicken and very little meat.  My favorite dish was Chicken Tinola but as a child I called it chicken with cayote.  I just found out recently what the real name is.  I generally make a rice soaked in the chicken broth.

Whole Chicken
Salt, pepper, patis to taste

Chopped the onions and garlic and than saute the onions and garlic in a deep stock pot.  Once the onions and garlic is tender, place the whole chicken into the pot. 

Sear all sides of the chicken.  While the chicken is cooking.  Peel and cube up the chayote (keep in mind, there might be a film of the juice on your hand  so be careful).  Once the chicken is all sides is cooked, pour enough water to rise about an inch over the chicken.  Bring the water to a boil, add the chopped up chayote and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until the chayote is tender.  This may take from 15-20 minutes.  Serve over rice, I serve chicken rice.  The recipe is below.

Chicken Rice

Chicken Broth from the chicken tinola

Wash the rice like normal but instead of using water to cook the rice, subsitute the water for the chicken broth.  Cook like normal.


  1. This is definitely what I love about Filippino comfort food - five ingredients, one pot, 30 minutes.
    My ultimate is chicken adobo. Doesn't matter the ailment... doesn't even need one. :)

  2. Oh yes, I love when all the recipes are quite simple and great ingredients.

  3. I like it. Chicken is my favorite...