Chicken and Ampalaya with Oyster Sauce

Chicken and Ampalaya with Oyster Sauce
Chicken and Ampalaya with Oyster Sauce is an adaptation from my old recipe of Beef and Ampalaya with Oyster Sauce. Most provably know that chicken and bitter gourd are good combination, this is very true in Ilocano cooking. In fact I have several recipes already with chicken and ampalaya combination, Ilocano’s tinola version Tinolang Manok sa Ampalaya and Chicken with Ampalaya Tendrils and Sotanghon. Cooking is almost similar to the beef version. It is fairly easy and you won’t go wrong. Here is the recipe of my Chicken and Ampalaya with Oyster Sauce, enjoy.

  Chicken Ampalaya


1 kilo chicken tights, deboned, sliced into strips
1-2 large size, ampalaya, split in halves de-seeded, sliced crosswise
1 medium size onion, chopped
1/2 head garlic, chopped
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup oyster sauce
1/4 cup cornstarch
salt and pepper
cooking oil

  Chicken and Ampalaya with Oyster Sauce - Cooking Procedure

Cooking procedure

 Marinate chicken strips in soy sauce, cornstarch and a dash of salt and pepper for 10 to 15 minutes. In a wok, heat cooking oil and stir fry the chicken in batches until color changes to brown and start to sizzle, set aside. Using the same wok sauté garlic and onion until fragrant. Add in the ampalaya and stir cook for 1 to 2 minutes then add in 1/4 to 1/3 cup of water. Continue to cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until the ampalaya is just cooked. Add in the chicken and oyster sauce and stir cook for another 1 to 3 minutes. Thicken sauce with cornstarch diluted in 1/4 cup of water, cook for anther half a minute until sauce thickens. Correct saltines if required. Serve hot with a lot of rice.


  1. yummy food..but you should try this.

  2. great recipe for the Filipino food .. keep posting like this .. thanks a lot for sharing

  3. Very Filipino and easy to cook the Chicken and Ampalaya with Oyster Sauce... I love the ampalaya bec. of it's bitterness and the oyster sauce give salty and sweetness on the chicken.. everything is masarap!

  4. yum my Fav! have to make me some of this. thanks for sharing.


  5. Hi CeciliaMQ,
    It is indeed yummy, thanks for the visit.


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