Vivoree Esclito shows how to cook Chicken Halang-halang, beauty of hometown in Caldero Files

As she impressed us with her promising stints in the movies and series she appeared in, with the Black Sheep online boy love series “Hello Stranger” being her most recent project, Vivoree Esclito went on to amaze us with her cooking skills in the latest episode of the Online Kapamilya Shows exclusive content Caldero Files.”

Since she’s a proud Boholana and currently stays in Bohol with her family throughout the entire nationwide community quarantine, she opted to share the recipe of the popular Visayan delicacy Chicken Halang-halang and turned the pristine seashore near their home as her enormous kitchen.

For those who are not familiar with this dish, she explained that chicken halang-halang (a Visayan term that translates to “spicy, spicy”) is a fusion of two Filipino favorites – tinolang manok and ginataang manok. And if you’re someone who’s fond of spicy foods, then this is definitely for you!

If you want to try cooking this at home, then you’re not going to spend much as its ingredients are definitely easy to find (or even readily available) and affordable, and those are:

What you’ll need:

1 kilo chicken, chopped

2 cups coconut milk

1 medium onion, minced

1 tsp. garlic, minced

1 thumb-sized ginger, sliced

Chilli flakes or minced chilli (siling labuyo)

Tanglad leaves

1 green papaya, sliced

Pepper leaves (dahon ng sili)

Fish sauce

Ground pepper

Cooking oil

Once you have all the ingredients, you may now proceed on following these simple steps of cooking chicken halang-halang!


  1. Heat oil on the pan.
  2. Sauté onion, garlic, and ginger until the onion appear translucent.
  3. Put the chicken on the pan and cover it with the lid. Let it simmer until the chicken cuts turn to light to medium brown.
  4. Pour the coconut milk.
  5. Put the sliced papaya, minced chilli, and tanglad leaves.
  6. Let it simmer for 10 to 20 minutes.
  7. Put a dash of ground pepper, fish sauce, and sili leaves.
  8. Let it simmer for some minutes. Serve hot.

While she’s cooking, Vivoree disclosed a bit about her personal life, such as her journey from being a young probinsyana to becoming a Pinoy Big Brother housemate and celebrity, and how she could only seldom see her family in a year since they are all based in Bohol.

In the middle of her cooking, she also gave us a glimpse of their place via taking a 360-degree selfie video and imparted how the earthquake that jolted their province in 2013 had the seawater move far away from the seashore.

When she’s already done, she invited her brother CN and her cousin Jessa to taste her version of chicken halang-halang. They both loved it and, respectively, gave it high scores of 9.5 and 11. Truly impressive, right?

Watch this video to see the whole process of preparing chicken halang-halang, to see the beauty of Vivoree and her hometown, and to also hear her other stories!