Sinigang has always been associated with pork, fish and shrimp, but chicken is just as good.
How good? Let’s just say that the old recipe has been one of the most visited pages in my blog. It seems to be especially popular among readers from California.
What’s different between this recipe and the old one? Not much, really, expect for better photos. I made sure to take photos of every step of the cooking procedure to make it easier for chicken sinigang lovers to follow the recipe.
I wrote an introduction to sinigang for sinigang newbies and for those who want to know more about the soup. What vegetables and proteins are traditional, what to use to make the broth sour and even what substitutions are possible.
Sinigang na Manok (Chicken and Vegetables Sour Soup)
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 shallots peeled and thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic peeled and pounded
- 2 to 3 tomatoes diced
- 1 kilogram chicken bone-in, whole or portions, cut into serving size pieces
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- Heat the cooking oil in a thick pan or pot.
- Saute the shallots, garlic and tomatoes just until softened.
- Add the chicken and pour in the fish sauce.
- Cook, stirring often, until the chicken has lost its raw appearance and the liquids have almost dried up.
- Pour in water (or chicken broth), four to six cups, making sure that the chicken pieces are submerged in liquid.
- Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer until the chicken is tender.
- Taste the broth and add more fish sauce, if needed.
- Take the yard-long beans and radish and stir into the soup. Cover and simmer for about five minutes.
- Taste the broth and add more fish sauce, as needed.
- Add the kangkong stalks (the leaves go in last), stir and simmer for another five minutes.
- Taste the broth, add more fish sauce if needed, then stir in the eggplants. Cover and simmer for five to seven minutes.
- Check the broth again if more fish sauce is needed before stirring in the kangkong leaves. Simmer for another five minutes.
- Pour in the tamarind extract, stir well and bring the soup to a simmer.
- Give the broth a final taste, add fish sauce to balance the sourness of the tamarind broth, if needed, before serving your chicken sinigang.