Chicken with Ampalaya in Oyster Sauce

Chicken with Ampalaya in Oyster Sauce is a quick and easy dish that you can make for lunch or dinner. Whether you are cooking just for yourself or for the whole family, this dish will surely be a hit. Aside from being easy, Chicken with Ampalaya is also healthy because it is rich in protein and other nutrients.

Not everyone here might like Ampalaya. I get it. The bitter taste of this healthy vegetable makes it less appetizing. However, you can always try to do something to make it taste less bitter – like rubbing salt on it to let the bitter juices go out, perhaps. You can also try to have it regularly so that you will get used to the taste. In my opinion, the health benefits of Ampalaya will outweigh its bitter taste.

I enjoy this dish with a cup of warm brown rice. Sometimes, I also have this with Ensaladang Talbos ng Kamote.

Try this Chicken with Ampalaya Recipe. Let me know what you think.

Chicken with Ampalaya in Oyster Sauce

Chicken with Ampalaya in Oyster Sauce


  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast, sliced into think pieces
  • 2 medium Ampalaya (bitter gourd), cored and sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Once the oil is hot, sauté the onion and the garlic until the onion becomes soft.
  3. Add the sliced chicken breast. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the color turns light brown.
  4. Add the oyster sauce. Continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour-in water or chicken broth. Let it boil. Cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes (add water, if necessary).
  6. Put-in the sliced Ampalaya. Stir and cook in medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with brown or white rice.
  9. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 3

Stuffed Ampalaya

Stuffed Ampalaya is a vegetable and meat dish that is composed of bitter gourd (also called bitter melon) and ground pork. The word “Ampalaya” is the Filipino term for bitter gourd. If we do some translation, this dish can also be called stuffed bitter gourd or stuffed bitter melon.

I would say that Stuffed Ampalaya is another version of the embutido. I know that it does not look like one, but the ingredients used in the ground pork mixture is pretty much the same. Although embutido is cooked differently, the taste of the meat is quite identical. The only difference is the bitter gourd, which makes the taste more bitter.

Many of us do not like the taste of bitter gourd. I was one of those people. I only forced myself to eat bitter gourd after reading an article about its health benefits (Health Benefits of Ampalaya). I started cooking bitter gourd dishes since then. Some of the best tasting ampalaya recipes that we have are Ginisang Ampalaya and Ampalaya con Carne. You should try these out.

There are some techniques applied to remove the bitter taste of ampalaya. My way is to rub some salt and let it soak for a few hours. I then rinse it with water while squeezing out the juice. Although this technique is effective in removing the bitter taste, some say that it also removes the nutrients. If you are into the health benefits of ampalaya, it recommended to consume it without taking out the juices. You will get used to it sooner or later.

Try this Stuffed Ampalaya Recipe and let me know what you think. Continue reading Stuffed Ampalaya

Ampalaya con Carne

Ampalaya or Bitter Gourd (sometimes called bitter melon) is a vegetable full of nutrients that are good for the body. There are a lot of us who do not want to eat ampalaya because of the bitter. However, some still try their best to develop an acquired taste because of its known health benefits.

Amapalaya con Carne

Ampalaya con Carne is a dish composed of beef strips and ampalaya – this is also known as beef with ampalaya. This is perfect for those who wish to eat ampalaya but cannot handle the bitterness. The beef acts as a neutralizing agent; it covers the bitterness with its flavorful juices.

I was one of those who dislike the bitterness of ampalaya. I only enjoyed eating it when I learned the proper technique of extracting the bitterness out (which I demonstrated in the Ginisang Ampalaya video). There is a negative side to it though; that means less nutrients since some of them are extracted too, but it is a good start to enjoy the vegetable.

Ampalaya con carne is a superb dish. If you do the right thing, the bitter flavor of the ampalaya will be unnoticed – all you can taste are the array of flavors brought about by the different ingredients. If you like beef with broccoli recipe, you’ll surely like this dish too.

Do you like eating ampalaya? What other techniques do you do to remove its bitter taste?

Ampalaya con Carne
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2
  • Serving size: 2
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  • 1/2 lb beef sirloin, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 large bitter gourd (ampalaya); cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 small thumb ginger, julienned
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water or more if necessary
  • 5 tablespoons cooking oil
  1. Combine beef, soy sauce, salt, ground black pepper, cornstarch, and sesame oil. Mix all the ingredients until evenly distributed and marinade for at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat a frying pan or wok and pour-in 3 tablespoons of cooking oil.
  3. When the oil is hot enough, pan fry the marinated beef in medium heat until the outer part turns medium to dark brown (about 3 to 5 minutes per side).
  4. Add water and simmer until the beef is tender.
  5. Heat a separate pan or cooking pot then pour in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.
  6. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger.
  7. Add the sliced bitter gourd and stir fry for 5 to 8 minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat and transfer to the pan with the tender beef. Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.
  9. Transfer to a serving plate then serve.
  10. Share and enjoy!


Watch the cooking video:

Ginisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bitter Melon)

Ginisang Ampalaya is translated as Sauteed Bitter Melon. This Filipino vegetable recipe is one of the healthiest recipes around.

Ginisang Ampalaya

Bitter melon is best known for anti-diabetes effects. It contains a chemical known as insulin-like peptide that is similar in shape and function to animal-produced insulin. Other chemicals, including vicine, in bitter melon may also have blood-sugar lowering effects.

Cooking Ginisang Ampalaya is very easy. However, some people prepare the bitter melon beforehand to eliminate its bitter taste by soaking it in water for a few hours and then squeezing some of its juices. This can release the nutrients of the vegetables, but at least it will be more delightful to eat to hose who cannot too much bitter taste.

Try this healthy Ginisang Ampalaya Recipe and let me know what you think.

Ginisang Ampalaya
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 4
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  • 2 pieces ampalaya, cleaned and cut into thin slices
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 raw eggs
  • 18 ounces luke warm water
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  1. Place the ampalaya in a large bowl
  2. Add salt and lukewarm water then leave for 5 minutes
  3. Place the ampalaya in a cheesecloth then squeeze tightly until all liquid drips
  4. Heat the pan and place the cooking oil
  5. Saute the garlic, onion, and tomato
  6. Add the ampalaya mix well with the other ingredients
  7. Put-in salt and pepper to taste
  8. Beat the eggs and pour over the ampalaya then let the eggs cook partially
  9. Mix the egg with the other ingredients
  10. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!


Watch the cooking video: