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Chicken Binakol in a glass pot
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Chicken Binakol

Chicken Binakoe is a classic Filipino soup made with coconut juice, papaya, spinach, and lemongrass. It's delicious, refreshing, and perfect for cold weather!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 575kcal


  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 thumb-size ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 1 (about 3 to 4 pounds) whole native chicken, cut into serving parts
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 4 cups coconut juice
  • 1 cup young coconut meat (buko)
  • 1 green papaya, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 bunch spinach, stemmed and leaves separated


  • Cut the stem and leaf ends of the lemongrass. Peel a few layers to get to the white part. Cut into 2-inch lengths and pound until with the back of a knife to release flavor. Set aside.
  • In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook until softened.
  • Add chicken and cook until color changes and juices run clear.
  • Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add coconut juice and bring to a boil, skimming any scum that may float on top.
  • Add lemongrass.
  • Lower heat, cover and continue to cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Add papaya and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Add coconut meat and cook until heated through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add spinach leaves, pushing down into the broth. Turn off heat and cover pot. Serve hot.



  • Use bone-in chicken cut into serving parts for maximum flavor. If you have access to free-range chicken, so much the better. Native na manok is higher in protein and lower in fat than commercial broilers, and its long cooking time brings a more intense taste.
  • For the best texture, choose young coconut that's meaty yet tender.


Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 1709mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 8921IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 6mg