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5 from 3 votes

Chicken Halang Halang

Chicken Halang Halang is sure to be a family favorite. Creamy, spicy from coconut milk and chili peppers, it's delicious with steamed rice!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: chicken halang halang
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 422.04kcal
Author: Lalaine Manalo


  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 thumb-sized ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 (about 3 to 4 pounds) whole chicken, cut into serving parts
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
  • 5 pieces Thai chili peppers, minced
  • 1 small green papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
  • salt to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, stems trimmed


  • Remove and discard the dark green layers of the lemongrass until you get to the lighter green part. With a knife, cut into lengths that will fit inside the chicken's cavity. Using the back of the knife, pound ends of lemongrass to release flavor.
  • In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and garlic and cook until softened.
  • Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  • Add fish sauce and continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, chili peppers, and lemongrass. Bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Add papaya and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until papaya is tender and sauce is thickened.
  • Remove lemongrass and discard. Season with salt to taste.
  • Add spinach and cook until just wilted. Serve hot.


Calories: 422.04kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.7g | Protein: 23.9g | Fat: 32.67g | Saturated Fat: 16.98g | Cholesterol: 81.65mg | Sodium: 368.44mg | Potassium: 795.26mg | Fiber: 2.06g | Sugar: 3.12g | Vitamin A: 5705.45IU | Vitamin C: 37.02mg | Calcium: 95.45mg | Iron: 5.16mg