Ginataang Manok with Papaya is a delicious way of cooking chicken. This is one of my favorite Filipino chicken dishes for several reasons. The cooking process is simple, and the result is great. I like how tasty and spicy the chicken became, and I love its rich and creamy sauce.
This dish is ideal to make during lunch or dinner, especially when it is chilly outside. It is a comfort food that can help make you feel a bit warm.
Ginataan dishes makes use of coconut milk or coconut cream all the time. This ingredient comes in many forms. Fresh is still best, but you can always use the following as alternative to freshly squeezed coconut milk:
Canned coconut milk
Coconut milk powder
Coconut milk mix (such as ginataang gulay mix)
As for the chicken, bone-in is ideal. It is more flavorful, and it is usually less expensive compared to boneless. However, using boneless chicken has its advantages too. It is up to you to decide which is best for your consumption.
How to Cook Ginataang Manok with Papaya
Now, let’s talk about the steps on how to prepare this dish. The first thing to do is have all the ingredients at hand. Prepare the ingredients listed in the recipe below.
I pan-fry the chicken first in order to keep the skin from shrinking too much when stewing (or cooking with coconut milk). You do not need to do this if you are using skinless chicken. Simply fry each side for one and a half minutes. Set the chicken aside afterwards.
Using the remaining oil, saute onion, garlic, and ginger. Add the pan-fried chicken. Pour coconut milk and add some chili pepper (using chili is optional). Slowly stew the chicken in coconut milk until tender. This will extract the flavors of the meat.
I add the papaya and green leafy vegetables afterwards. I am using spinach for this recipe. The following leafy greens can also be used:
Hot pepper leaves (dahon ng sili)
Bittermelon leaves (dahon ng ampalaya) note: this can make the dish a bit bitter
Pechay or bok choy
Season with patis (fish sauce) and ground black pepper before serving.
Try this Ginataang Manok with Papaya recipe. Enjoy your meal!