Chicken Tinola Recipe

Tinola is a ginger and onion based soup with chicken as the usual main ingredient. Chicken tinola is an authentic Filipino main dish and best complimented with green papaya wedges (an alternative is chayote) and chili pepper leaves. As a traditional dish, the chicken is usually cooked in low heat for quite some time to bring out the natural flavor. This dish is best served during cold and rainy weather because of the warming effect of the soup.

Chicken Tinola

The secret in making a good chicken tinola is to simmer the chicken for longer periods of time. This will let all the flavor of the chicken come out and it also makes the chicken tender. You can also use malunggay leaves instead of pepper leaves (or even both) to maximize the health benefits.

Try this Chicken Tinola Recipe and let me know what you think.

Chicken Tinola Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 6
    Cuisine: Filipino Recipe
    Prep time: 
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    • 1 whole chicken, cut into serving pieces
    • 36 ounces rice washing
    • 1/2 pc small green papaya, cut into wedges
    • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
    • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
    • 1 thumb ginger, cut into strips
    • 2 tbsp fish sauce
    • Hot pepper leaves
    1. Sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger
    2. Put-in the chicken and cook until color turns light brown
    3. Add the fish sauce and mix well
    4. Pour-in the rice washing and put to a boil. Simmer for 45 minutes.
    5. Add the green papaya wedges and simmer for 5 minutes
    6. Add the hot pepper leaves
    7. Add salt and pepper to taste
    8. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!


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    1. Hello! I really want to cook this recipe but i cant find fresh hot pepper leaves nor frozen anywhere. I also live here in Illinois. If you could give me the name of the store, it would be very helpful. Thank you!

      • Hi Mary. You can get it from any Filipino store. Which part of Illinois are you? I am in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, let me know if you live nearby and I will recommend some stores.

      • Jarilyn says:

        Hi Mary, I believe you can also use spinach leaves if you don’t have hot pepper leaves.

    2. Orion Olores says:

      Hello! I’ve been browsing this site for about 3 months now and I gotta say, your recipe is down to almost perfection.. My grandma is a good cook but sometimes she forgot the ingredient and the procedures.. So I look into this site, and sometimes she remembers it and say exactly what the recipe here told me.. Thumbs up!! Hope you guys continue on making good and easy recipe..

    3. Riley L. says:

      Love your recipes! Very is to follow!! I always go to this site whenever I want to make food from home! Thank you!!

    4. Great recipe. I have always referred to Panlasang Pinoy and have been happy with the results. Easy to follow steps.

    5. James ong says:

      I like your recipe and simple, its my first time to cook here in Los Angeles CA USA

    6. elvin c. latade says:

      nice cook

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