Binagoongang Manok or Chicken Sautéed in Shrimp Paste is a specialty from the Philippine province of Pampanga. It was originally made with small cubes of pork and called Binagoongang Baboy but the simple recipe has been adapted to include chicken or even just veggies.
I think it’s a great way to use up that jar of Bagoong or shimp paste that usually ends up shoved in the back of my refrigerator. I usually only use bagoong when having Kare Kare. So many times the bagoong gets too old and dehydrated. Recently I learned how to make Binagoongang Manok and it takes care of the open jar of bagoong sitting in the back of my fridge.
When I make Binagoongang Manok I use cubes of chicken, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and string beans. And I add fresh spicy chili peppers like jalapenos. You can also add cubes of eggplant if you like.
I love this simple dish because the bagoong gives it a sweet and salty taste and the jalapenos give it that pop of spicy heat. It’s the perfect comfort food and a perfect example of good old Filipino home cooking! Served over hot steamed white rice, it’s delish!
If you’re wondering where you can buy shrimp paste it’s available at any Asian market. It’s sold in a jar, buy the one that’s already been sauteed like the Kamayan brand or something similar.
Here’s my recipe! I hope you like it!
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