Ginataang Manok Recipe

Ginataang Manok is translated as chicken stewed in coconut milk. This is a simple Filipino dish wherein chicken is sautéed in garlic, onion, and ginger then stewed in coconut milk.

Ginataang Manok

A more traditional approach requires native hen (usually grown in the backyard). It is much tastier compared to broiler chickens and adds more flavor to the dish. As many might have noticed, coconut milk plays a huge part in Filipino cuisine — like in this Ginataang Manok recipe, for example. Different Filipino recipes require the use of coconut milk and coconut juice. I think that this is a good thing because we are making the most out of what is abundant to us but let’s keep in mind that there are some people that still need to develop their taste buds for these types of dishes.

Don’t be afraid to try if you are one of those people. It just takes a few baby steps to get there; it’s time to experience the great taste that you are missing. I enjoy eating the outcome of this ginataang manok recipe because it really tastes good. No matter how I control myself, it did not help me from scooping additional servings of rice.

Try this Ginataang Manok recipe and send us your feedback.

Ginataang Manok Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 4
    Prep time: 
    Cook time: 
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    • 2 lbs chicken, cut into serving pieces
    • 2 cups coconut milk
    • 1/2 bunch spinach
    • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
    • 1 large onion, sliced
    • 2 tbsp ginger, julienned
    • 8 ounces green papaya, wedged
    • 1/2 tsp paprika (optional)
    • 1 piece long green chili (optional)
    • 4 pieces Thai chili (or siling labuyo if available), chopped (optional)
    • 2 tbsp cooking oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    1. Heat the cooking pot and pour-in the cooking oil.
    2. Sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger.
    3. Add the chicken and cook until the color of the outer part turns light brown.
    4. Pour-in the coconut milk while stirring and bring to a boil.
    5. Sprinkle some paprika then simmer for 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the coconut milk becomes thick.
    6. Add the long green chili and Thai chili then simmer for 5 minutes
    7. Add the green papaya then simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
    8. Put-in the spinach, salt, and pepper then simmer for 3 minutes.
    9. Turn-off the heat then transfer the cooked chicken to a serving plate
    10. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!


    Watch the cooking video:



    1. Marc Bautista says:

      Thanks for all your recipes Vanjo! Your recipes are blockbuster to my kids. Share ko lang po for this recipes I used carrots and potato as replacement for the spinach. Yummy!

    2. Alfred Velasco says:

      Trying this tonight! All your recipes and easy directions are amazing..

      I would just like to say that as being a filipino american and only one who kicks at home; after getting married and leaving my parents; I had to learn how to cook. I’ve always liked filipino food that my mom has cooked and just did not know how to; Until I saw your website. Easy how to directions and the food is amazing. Great work, were no longer starving and buying take out anymore! I have learned to cook thanks to you, my all time favorite filipino cuisine… Thank you

    3. This is another hit in my household. I’m starting to get very dependent on your recipe! Thank you.

    4. its look so yummiiiilicious…i’ve never imagine pd pala to…na try ko lng un tinola sa gata w/malungay & green bell pepper and its great! i love to cook so i think this one is very very great! i will add this recipe in my weekmeal..;) more power i realy enjoyed watching you.God Bless po

    5. Mrs. H. says:

      This recipe is really good. I added eggplant too and red bell pepper…yummy!!!

    6. reymond says:

      the best recipe two thumbs up…

    7. Just wanna thank u, for this recipe, ginataang manok.. first time i cooked this @ i was great @ i love it.. thanks so much!!
      Godspeed :)

    8. ano po b ang paprika?…

    9. mary jean says:

      it’s my first time to open this site and i can’t wait to learn all your recipes..God Bless!!!

    10. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Very delicious! Added it to our favorites. God bless!

    11. Wow! I just love it so much! Thank you.

    12. hi! im a fan of ginataan even when i was young. this is a superb recipe for any filipina mom! my kids love it. More chicken recipe please….:) GOD BLESS!

    13. Hello there! It’s a good thing I’ve found your website. I’m on my second month of pregnancy and always craving for Filipino foods. Unfortunately, I don’t cook a lot, though am willing to learn :) Your recipes are great! I’ve already tried cooking some of your recipes and the result was superb! Just the right taste I want! Thanks for helping me and my fellow followers here in Panlasang Pinoy. Best wishes and happy cooking to all!! x

    14. juvylin V. Hill says:

      Everyday I check your website waiting for a new recipe:) Im so happy that I found it! your website here. by the way i tried your puto cheese recipe OMG its taste really good :) and Im so happy coz you can use only all purpose flour and my husband like it!!! God bless

    15. Lheeza says:


      Wow my husband will truly like this, and kuya wish me luck for preparing this tomorrow! Thanks a lot.


    16. I’m not fun of “gata” before.It makes my stomach upset. But when I tried this one ….hmmmm…it’s delishhhh..thx for sharing po!Good luck and post more pinoy dish…By the way you really have a good hands….

    17. hi looks so yummy! any substitute for spinach? thanks!

    18. You could use chayote as a substitute honey.

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