Ginataang

Ginataang Manok (Philippine chicken in coconut milk)

1/2 cup sliced fresh ginger
1  whole chicken, cut into pieces
salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 to 2 spicy hot peppers stems cut off and deseeded

Boil chicken in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat with ginger and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then cover the skillet with the lid tilted to allow steam to escape. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is done, about 30 minutes. Stir in the spinach. Simmer uncovered until spinach is warmed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Notes: Serve with brown or white rice and maybe an Asian side salad. Recipe comes from my mom.

Troubleshooting: Sometimes ginataang comes out too greasy. If that is a problem, boil the chicken in water first till done, remove chicken from water and then place in skillet with 1 can less coconut milk and follow remaining recipe steps. My mother also claims that using organic chicken improves the overall dish.    :)

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Ginataang Manok (Philippine chicken in coconut milk) - Vegetarian Version

2 packages of MorningStar Farms vegetarian chicken pieces
1/2 can coconut milk
1/4 cup sliced fresh ginger
1/3 - 1/2 package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 to 2 spicy hot peppers stems cut off and deseeded

Place all ingredients in skillet or pot and warm through.

Notes: Serve with brown or white rice and maybe an Asian side salad. Recipe comes from my mom.

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Ginataang Gulay (Philippine vegetables in coconut milk)

1 medium or large eggplant (aubergine) cut into cubes
Fresh green beans with tips snapped off (as many or little as you like)
1/2 cup peeled and chopped fresh ginger
1 can coconut milk
salt and black pepper to taste
1 to 2 spicy hot peppers stems cut off and deseeded

Cook all ingredients together in skillet, stirring occasionally, till done. Remove peppers. Serve with rice.

Notes: Measurements are all approximate. Experiment to your tastes. Recipe comes from my mom.

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