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Ginataang Manok in a white serving bowl
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4.17 from 6 votes

Ginataang Manok

Spicy Chicken in Coconut Sauce is a Filipino stew that's easy to make and full of flavor. It's creamy, spicy, and delicious with steamed rice!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 508kcal


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 thumb-size ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 1 (3 to 4 pounds) whole chicken, cut into parts
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 Thai chili peppers, stemmed and chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, cored and sliced into strips
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded, cored and sliced into strips
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a wide skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add potatoes and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned. With a slotted spoon, remove potatoes from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Remove excess oil from pan except for about 2 tablespoons. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook until softened.
  • Add chicken and cook until lightly browned.
  • Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add coconut milk, water, and chili peppers. Bring to a simmer, skimming any scum that floats on top.
  • Lower heat, cover, and continue to cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and liquid is reduced.
  • Add potatoes and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until potatoes are tender and sauce is thickened.
  • Add bell peppers and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until tender yet crisp.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.



  • For a smooth consistency, simmer and do not boil the coconut milk as it might curdle or separate in high heat cooking.
  • The recipe calls for potatoes and bell peppers to extend servings, but eggplant, papaya, chayote, kalabasa, pechay, spinach, or malunggay leaves are also great options.


Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 844mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 811IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 6mg