Chicken and spinach stir fry chicken and spinach stir fry

The original recipe uses slices of pork tenderloin. Found it in a magazine some 15 years ago. I used to make this dish with kangkong because spinach was rarely available in wet markets and not even always available in supermarkets. It was such a pleasant surprise finding “Baguio spinach” in Cherry Supermarket last weekend. So… we grow spinach locally now. Good!

This chicken and spinach stir fry is very, very, very easy to cook. Even a real novice at cooking can do this. The secret is in the marinade. You have to give the strips of chicken enough time to absorb the flavors in the marinade before cooking.

Ingredients :

4 chicken thigh fillets, cut into 1/2 by 2 inch strips
1 tsp. of finely minced ginger
1 tsp. of finely minced garlic
2 tbsps. of oyster sauce
2 tbsps. of light soy sauce
1/2 tsp. of ground black pepper
about 300 g. of fresh spinach
1 onion, finely sliced
4 tbsps. of vegetable cooking oil

Cooking procedure :

Place the cut chicken fillets in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add the minced ginger and garlic, the oyster sauce and soy sauce. Mix well. Cover with cling wrap and let sit in the fridge for about an hour. No need to marinate for longer than that considering the size of the chicken strips.

Wash the spinach, rinse and trim.

Heat the vegetable cooking oil in a shallow sauce pan (a wok is ideal). Drain the chicken strips and add to the hot oil. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add the sliced onion and stir fry for about a minute. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, just until the leaves start to wilt. Pour in the marinade. Stir. Taste and add more soy sauce (or salt), if you prefer.

That’s it. Transfer to a serving platter and eat without guilt.

Connie Veneracion

I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

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15 Responses

  1. relly says:

    :roll: wipieeeeee!
    Bonjour Connie, i wonder if you can get into my page. I was able to create my blog.. lousy nga lang
    Mmmm i love vege’s, so interesting to find spinach sa pinas! I think even vines can grow in Baguio and maybe one day can develop wine.:lol:
    You know what, the best tasting strawberry i’ve tasted is in Baguio. Here there is a variety that they cultivate just in water. Uncomparable sa Sungrown strawberries. yummm

  2. Rin says:

    Good morning!:smile:
    I can easily make this recipe, no problem when it comes to spinach. Here I substitute baby spinach (or romaine lettuce )for the kangkong in Sinigang. Kangkong can be bought at some big Chinese Supermarket but it will cost as much as buying the beef or bangus itself.
    My ulam for today is Chicken Tinola, with lots of sayote.

  3. Connie says:

    Relly, the URL is not complete. When I clicked your name, I was taken to a google search page.

    Hi Rin! Where are you at? Grabe, here PhP 10.00 worth of kangkong is good for 4 people.

  4. relly says:

    :roll: sorry Connie, how about this time!

  5. Rose says:

    Yes Sassy, medyo mahal ang kangkong ngayon dito
    sa LA….favorite ko rin ito….

  6. Connie says:

    Relly, that is so great! :) Welcome to food blogging!

    Rose, kangkong doesn’t grow in LA? Kaya mahal? Kasi, kung imported, the price inevitable doubles, or triples.

  7. Joanne says:

    this recipe will surely be a hit. mukhang madali gawin kya i will try this one of these days. sana more on chicken or beef recipes kse walang pork d2.

    btw, where will i include the pepper sa marinade or when cooking na? thanks

  8. rose z says:

    had it last yest, while pacquiao was on his way to victory. yummy. tastes like tinola but much better. :razz:

  9. Julie says:

    I tried this yesterday and it was such a hit, i really dont know how to cook although i know how to bake, before everytime i cook my family wouldnt eat :lol:, now every weekend i cook checking new recipe on your site before i go home (i work in the city and go home to the province on weekend) … i let my son judge .. if he likes it … then its ok ..( he is all i have and the only person thats matters to me basically i cook for him :wink: Thank u for your wonderful site .. it helped me a lot … and remember ur flavored yema balls … that was my christmas give aways and my officemate couldnt have enough of it

  10. Connie says:

    Either/or, Joanne. Can even be after when the dish has been transferred to the serving platter.

    LOL rose.

    Julie, me too. If my kids say it’s good, it’s good. If they say no, I don’t cook it again. LOL

  11. Armina says:

    I’ve tried this recipe few days ago… not exactly like your recipe but medyo hawig narin and my hubby loves it. salamat sa recipe. :smile:

    Mine was a lil’ chicken breast only and didn’t marinate it and I added some carrots too. :lol:

  12. Ana says:

    hi connie, i will definitely try this. Greeks are die hard fan of spinach. but can i substitute it with frozen spinach? we bought one pack but i dont know how to cook it or how to use it. thanks for the info.

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