Easy Chicken Tinola Recipe

Chicken Tinola is a Filipino Chicken Soup Dish. This is composed of chicken and vegetables along with a good amount of ginger.

There are many ways to prepare Chicken Tinola. This recipe is another way of making this cold weather favorite in a much easier way using alternative ingredients.

Traditional tinola will require you to make use of green papaya. This ingredient may not be easily accessible to some people. As an alternative, we are using chayote for this recipe. I also made use of chicken broth. This will help you cook the dish faster because it eliminates the need to simmer the chicken for several minutes just to extract its flavor. Hot pepper leaves or malunggay are the usual greens, but you can always use spinach.

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Easy Chicken Tinola

Easy Chicken Tinola Recipe


  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast, chopped
  • 5 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 3 pieces chayote, peeled, seed removed, and sliced into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Fish sauce to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a cooking pot.
  2. When the oil becomes hot, sauté the ginger, garlic and onion
  3. Once the onion is soft, put-in the chopped chicken. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Pour-in the chicken broth. Let boil and then simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Add the chayote wedges. Cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Put-in the hot pepper and/or malunggay leaves.
  7. Add the ground black pepper and fish sauce. Stir.
  8. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  9. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 3

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.

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.


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Chicken Tinola Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 6
Cuisine: Filipino Recipe
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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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