Monday, June 22, 2015

Wendell's Chicken Papaya

Wendell made this Chicken Papaya dish a few months ago.  The recipe was in the Star Advertiser along with an article about Frank Chun, food-service manager for Lanakila Kitchen, who oversees production of some 2,500 meals a day. 


Recipe courtesy Frank Chun

1 gallon (16 cups) water
3 pounds chicken thighs, deboned, with skin and gristle removed, then cut into 1-inch cubes
5 pounds green cooking papaya, peeled and seeds removed, then cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
1-1/2 yellow onions, cut in half and sliced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium ginger root, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)
Salt, to taste (optional)
4 stalks green onion, sliced "saimin style"

In large pot on high, boil water. Add chicken, papaya, onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and patis. Bring pot back to a boil, then lower heat and simmer about 45 minutes or until papaya turns translucent. Add salt to taste, if desired.

Just before serving, add green onion. Serves 6 or more.


Anonymous said...

j: never had this dish, how does the papaya taste like? It looks like long squash (hyton) -N

Susan said...

Mmm, tinola, a Filipino comfort food except we don't put soy sauce. You can also add malungay or pepper leaves.

jalna said...

N, tastes just like squash to me.

Susan, I had to google "pepper leaves". Lots of people mentioned putting it in tinola. So interesting.

mmiissee said...

Looks good = )
I've been collecting recipes from the Wednesday newspapers. Will be making a book out of it.

Honolulu Aunty said...

Good looking ono dish! Looks healthy, too! When I don't have squash or potato like vegetables for soupy dishes like Thai curry or nishime, I pick the green papayas since our papayas take a long time to ripen.

Susan said...

Yes, Jalna, the leaves of the small red chili peppers. It gives it a distinct taste. If I don't have the leaves, just putting those long green chili gives it the same taste too.

Nippon Nin said...

I never had this dish before either...exotic! Wendell is a great cook!

jalna said...

That's such a good idea, Mmiissee!

Aunty, that's so neat that you can get garden-fresh ingredients like that.

I have to keep an eye out for those leaves, Susan. I bet swap meet would have um.

He really is, Akemi.

Kay said...

But Jalna... Was it really, really ono?? I've never cooked green papayas.

jalna said...

It was ono, Kay . . but not bad-for-your-health ono . . . if you know what I mean. Like a squash soup.