Chicken & Bitter Melon is one recipe that I do think I have made before. My husband, he loves eating bitter melon, although I always squeeze most of the juice out of it. If you don’t squeeze the juice of bitter melon it makes it very bitter. It a taste that I don’t really like much since I was a kid. My mom showed me that by soaking the sliced bitter melon with salt you can pretty much squeeze out most of the juice. So to make it short, each time I cooked bitter melon I always soak it with salt after slicing it.
On this recipe, I used the chicken that is cooked already. You can beef on this recipe as well, but we prefer chicken in our house. Using the cooked chicken from the store make this meal even faster. I was finished within 30 minutes, you can eat this with soft taco or with rice. The ingredients are pretty easy to find except for the bitter melon of course. You have to go visit your local Asian store and see if they have bitter melon for sale. Most of the Filipino store sell bitter melon.
The Walmart Rotisserie chicken is what I used in this recipe. I also use red tomatoes and green tomatoes just because I love the combination of the color.
I shredded the chicken to bite size, the bitter melon I slice them into small pieces. Before I slice the bitter melon, I split it in half and took the seeds out of it. Then I sliced into thin pieces, after slicing it I sprinkle a lot of salt. I would about 1/4 cup of salt. Oh, don’t worry it won’t make it salty after cooking. I let the bitter melon soak or sit with the salt for about 10 minutes. While waiting for my bitter melon I prep my onions, green onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic, and so is my chicken.
I shredded most of the chicken. but mainly the breast side since that what we love to eat. Once shredded I put it side and squeeze the juice out of the bitter melon. You don’t have to squeeze all the juice out really if you like the more bitter taste. However, if you just want to have just a little bit of bitter then squeeze as much juice as you can possibly take out.
If you are not sure how the bitter melon looks, it’s kinda wrinkly on the outside just like the picture above. You won’t find this at just any grocery, you have to visit international store since this is popular from another country such as Philippines, India and so on.