Ginataang Manok is translated as chicken stewed in coconut milk. This is a simple Filipino dish wherein chicken is sautéed in garlic, onion, and ginger then stewed in coconut milk. It is also one of my favorite simple ginataan recipes.
A more traditional approach requires native hen (usually grown in the backyard). It is much tastier compared to broiler chickens and adds more flavor to the dish. As many might have noticed, coconut milk plays a huge part in Filipino cuisine — like in this Ginataang Manok recipe, for example. Different Filipino recipes require the use of coconut milk and coconut juice. I think that this is a good thing because we are making the most out of what is abundant to us but let’s keep in mind that there are some people that still need to develop their taste buds for these types of dishes.
Don’t be afraid to try if you are one of those people. It just takes a few baby steps to get there; it’s time to experience the great taste that you are missing. I enjoy eating the outcome of this ginataang manok recipe because it really tastes good. No matter how I control myself, it did not help me from scooping additional servings of rice.
Try this Ginataang Manok recipe and send us your feedback.
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- 2 lbs chicken, cut into serving pieces
- 2 cups coconut milk
- ½ bunch spinach
- 2 tbsp garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2 tbsp ginger, julienned
- 8 ounces green papaya, wedged
- ½ tsp paprika (optional)
- 1 piece long green chili (optional)
- 4 pieces Thai chili (or siling labuyo if available), chopped (optional)
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the cooking pot and pour-in the cooking oil.
- Sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger.
- Add the chicken and cook until the color of the outer part turns light brown.
- Pour-in the coconut milk while stirring and bring to a boil.
- Sprinkle some paprika then simmer for 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the coconut milk becomes thick.
- Add the long green chili and Thai chili then simmer for 5 minutes
- Add the green papaya then simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Put-in the spinach, salt, and pepper then simmer for 3 minutes.
- Turn-off the heat then transfer the cooked chicken to a serving plate
- Serve hot. Share and enjoy!