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How to make Tinolang Manok Chicken Soup

Hungry for some chicken soup? Let’s learn how to make tinolang manok or Filipino chicken soup.

I love cooking this dish during the rainy season most especially. The warm, savory soup fills your tummy with awesomeness. I make this an appetizer or main course with rice. In the province, we usually cook Tinolang Manok with chayote or unripe papaya with moringa and/or the bird’s eye chili leaves. Ginger roots are very essential to this dish as it helps eliminate the fishiness of the chicken, so for me, this is a MUST.

I also use lemongrass for added flavor and aroma. Chayote, unripe papaya, bird’s eye chili leaves and/or moringa leaves, ginger roots, and lemongrass can be bought at your local Asian store. Some can be found at Walmart or Safeway.

However, if you cannot find any, the links below are added if you wish to buy these items online. Also, in my next video, I will show you how you can grow lemongrass in your backyard. It is very easy you can do it with your eyes closed. So stay tuned! ;-P.

My Native Language

This is the only recipe I have created in my native language “Visayan”. I added English subtitles to the video. If you’re going to make such a “Filipino Dish” why not immerse yourself in the native tongue?

How to make Tinolang Manok Chicken Soup - Recipe


  • 2 lbs chicken, roughly cut (I used chicken thighs and drumsticks)
  • 1-2 stalks lemongrass, tied firmly
  • 2 pcs medium-sized shallots, sliced
  • 5 pcs garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 thumbs ginger roots, roughly sliced
  • 2 pcs medium-sized chayote, cut into wedges (you may also use unripe papaya as personal preference)
  • 1-2 green peppers (I used jalapeño and cubanelle peppers, optional)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (adjust to your liking)
  • 3-5 tbsp cooking oil (for saute’ing)
  • 3 cups water at room temperature
  • 3 cups chicken stock (I used the organic with less sodium content as personal preference)


Chop the chicken:

chopping chicken for tinolang manok recipe

First, roughly chop the chicken, and place it in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and set aside for later.

Saute the vegetables:

cooking vegetables for tinolang manok recipe

Put oil in a pot. Set your burner to medium-high heat. Add shallots and saute’ until translucent. Add the garlic and saute’ until aromatic. Add ginger and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.

Cook the Chicken:

chicken being cooked in pot for tinolang manok recipe

Push the condiments to the side then add the chicken. stir-fry for 5 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Cook the other side for another 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Add water and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. Add the whole lemongrass and simmer for another 30 minutes. Add the chayote wedges and peppers (I used 1 medium-sized jalapeño and 1 medium-sized cubanelle, optional), and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Season and Combine:

seasoning tinolang manok dish in a pot on the stove

Season with ground black pepper and fish sauce. Stir to combine. Discard the lemongrass. Set the heat to medium-low, and add the baby spinach (I usually use either moringa leaves or bird’s eye chili leaves when available). Simmer for another 2 minutes. Stir to combine, then turn the heat off.


tinolang manok being served from a pot with a big dipper

Serve warm with your favorite white, brown, or red rice. Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this recipe, check out more of my fun Filipino recipes. Such as how to make Filipino Avocado Ice Candy.

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Terese Tong
Terese Tong
Terese Tong

Great recipe. I love the music in your video. Mahalo sister!