Nina Sabado Bitz
Upwork Family

Chicken Tinola

For many years, my mom worked the night shift at the hospital, so our family meals were limited. While the four of us couldn’t eat dinner together every night, she instilled the importance of a meal made with love and shared with the community.

Every third Sunday she would cook lunch for 20 people, haul the pots to a St. Vincent location where they had a very small dining room, then serve and eat with community members in need. The first dish that she asked me to help her make and serve was chicken tinola. She said it’s warm for their bellies, healthy for their hearts, and easy to share.

Many years later, she still cooks one Sunday a month and speaks so proudly of the children she’s watched grow over time: where they now go to college, their love of music, and how they always ask for seconds of her home-cooked meals made with love.

<span-key>1 tbsp</span-key> <span-value>cooking oil</span-value> <span-key>3</span-key> <span-value>cloves garlic, minced</span-value> <span-key>1</span-key> <span-value>white or red onion, chopped</span-value> <span-key>2</span-key> <span-value>medium tomatoes, chopped</span-value> <span-key>3 lb</span-key> <span-value>chicken, preferably with bones</span-value> <span-key>1 tbsp</span-key> <span-value>fish sauce</span-value> <span-key>1</span-key> <span-value>small knob of ginger, thinly sliced</span-value> <span-key>-</span-key><span-value>Salt and pepper to taste</span-value> <span-key>1</span-key> <span-value>chayote cut into bite-size pieces</span-value> <span-key>1</span-key> <span-value>bunch of leafy greens (baby bok choy, spinach, kale, etc.)</span-value>




In a large pot over medium heat, add cooking oil and sauté garlic, onion, and tomatoes for 2-5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
Add chicken and fish sauce. Sauté for approximately 5 minutes until the chicken is browned on each side.
Add enough water to cover the chicken, about 1 inch above the meat.
Add ginger, salt, and pepper.
Bring to a simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add chayote and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Add leafy greens and let sit for 2 minutes.
Serve with rice and enjoy!</span-p>

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