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tinolang manok in a serving bowl
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Tinolang Manok

Chicken tinola is a healthy, tasty, and comforting soup that's perfect for cold weather. It's delicious on its own or with steamed rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 513kcal


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 thumb-sized fresh ginger
  • 1 (3 to 4 pounds) whole chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 small green papaya, pared, seeded and cut into 2-inch wedges
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach leaves, stems trimmed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, ginger, and garlic and cook until softened.
  • Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 to 7 minutes or until chicken starts to change color and juices run clear.
  • Add fish sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add water and bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 30 to 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Add papaya and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until tender yet crisp.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add spinach and push down into broth. Cook until just wilted. Serve hot.



  • Cut the chicken in uniform size to ensure even cooking.
  • For a clear, cloud-free broth, remove any scum that floats on top.


Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 930mg | Potassium: 1062mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 8959IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 4mg