Use sotanghon (bean thread noodles) or bihon (thin rice noodles) in this Filipino dish. Both are equally delicious.

Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins
30 mins
1 hr 25 mins
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Bring 2 cups of water with 1 teaspoon salt to a boil in a pot; cook the chicken in the boiling water until until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Reserving the liquid, remove the chicken and allow to cool before removing the meat from the bones and shredding with two forks. Discard the skin and bones.

  • While the chicken cools place the shiitake mushrooms in a bowl and pour enough warm water over them to cover completely; allow to soak until pliable, about 30 minutes. Remove from the water, slice, and set aside. Place the bean thread noodles in the water and add more warm water if needed to cover; allow to soak until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain. Cut the noodles if desired.

  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the onion and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the achiote powder and continue to cook and stir until the mixture is well coated with the red-orange color. Stir the shredded chicken meat, sliced shiitake mushrooms, and fish sauce into the mixture; season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow the mixture to cook about 5 minutes before pouring the reserved liquid from cooking the chicken and the chicken broth into the mixture. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add the noodles and cook another 5 minutes. Garnish with the green onion to serve.

Nutrition Facts

210 calories; protein 8.9g; carbohydrates 24.2g; fat 8.4g; cholesterol 29.8mg; sodium 736.8mg. Full Nutrition

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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
Great recipe. A bit time consuming because of making the shredded chicken but so delicious I've made it a few times now (and I'm very picky about recipes when they take over 45 minutes to make). Achiote powder was hard to find. You might look for it under Annatto seed instead if you can't find it (it's a bright red powder). This flavor is what really makes this dish, in my opinion. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used oyster ear mushrooms and turmeric (it was all I had) and added shredded cabbage to the boil (for the fiber;) ). I dipped a warm hard roll in it added a light salad and some iced tea. More than a meal. I thought it was an excellent recipe and far better even than I expected. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This had a wonderful flavor. I couldnt find achiote powder so i used achiote paste and it didnt desolve well but it was still very tasty. I think next time ill add a bit more broth because i like it a little more soupy. Im half filipino so this was a comforting and nostalgic dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Ginger is a must add! My grandma does it that way too and it adds a whole other level of flavor. This is my comfort food go to. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Despite the extra preparations needed it was well worth the trouble for a really good Pinoy comfort food. I didn't have the achiote powder but it was not missed. Thank you for another wonderful recipe Lola! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was comfort food to me...similar to my Mom's. The older I get the more I want to learn Filipino recipes for my daughter to eat since she is mestiza. A little time consuming but worth it... I couldn't find the achiote powder but I found the seed so I crushed it to powder (be careful it may stain). I will have to try it with cabbage and carrots next time. I like my veggies. Also my mom adds ginger to her recipe. Super tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Incredible. The best ever. I have a chineese exchange student and she raved about it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Most of the work of course is boiling the chickenand shredding. Otherwise it's really good and easy. Next time I"ll turn off the pot a little earlier as the noodles became soft later. Definitely add ginger to make it like Moms. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great recipe for leftover chicken. Absolutely loved the way it tasted. Read More