Sunday, 17 April 2011

Black Chicken Tinola

Black Chicken Tinola


Frederick, my husband, had experiment on Black chicken last year, please see my post on A Bowl of Black Chicken Soup Anyone?  now I am experimenting on it again.  I just cooked a simple recipe using a Pinoy household recipe the tinolang manok cooking style.

We have been meaning to get pregnant so I thought of eating something nutritious and good for women like me.  In Chinese  and other Asian culture, black chicken or silkie  is considered good for women who just gave birth, who are pregnant or those who are planning/preparing/wanting to get pregnant.   Whatever the reason behind, it still is a mystery to me, I can’t find any answer online as to the relationship of black chicken and pregnancy aside from the fact that black chicken is rich in anti-oxidants and is taken in supplement
form in the West to improve muscle strength and alleviate the effects of ageing, autism and diabetes (source: www.emaxhealth.com)

By the way, 1 whole black chicken (800 grams) is around SGD 5.70.  It is more expensive compared to kampong  chicken which is around SGD 6++ (native chicken which mostly comes from Malaysia) and the regular supermarket chicken weighing between 1- 1.3 kg is as SGD 4 – 6++.

black chicken


Anyway, here’s my tinola recipe for Black Chicken


Ingredients :

Black chicken -  1 whole, cut into serving sizes

Chayote (sayote) – 2 pieces, cubed

fish sauce

Garlic & Onion

Salt and pepper to taste

I also added endives leaves for some green leafy vegetables.


Cooking Procedure:

1) Saute’ garlic and onion in oil. Add the chicken when the onion becomes translucent.  Stir continuously until the oil comes out from the chicken.

2) Add the chayote and pour in water, just enough to cover the chicken and the chayote.

3) Add the rest of the ingredients except for the endives leaves. Let boil until the chicken is cooked and the chayote is soft.  Add salt if needed.

4) Turn off the heat and place the endives leaves on top of the soup.

Serve and enjoy good taste and nutrition :-)

- Sharosem (17April2011)

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