Tinolang Manok (Chicken Ginger Stew with Vegetables)

Tinolang Manok

Tinolang Manok or Nilagang Manok (Chicken Ginger Stew with Vegetables) recipe is the filipino food dish that I was planning to cook when I arrived here in Canada. Tinolang manok recipe is a filipino food that is easy to cook but during that time, I don’t know where to buy filipino ingredients specially papaya, sayote, chili leaves or malunggay and I thought that I couldn’t cook filipino food dishes anymore.

But as I got familiar to places here, I’ve notice that cooking in Canada is not that difficult, as I have taught before. We even travel for an hour from our place just to buy filipino food ingredients. These filipino food ingredients are usually sold in Asian stores but some are not that often displayed. So, looking for a substitute is my next best option. Like this tinolang manok recipe, when I went to my favorite Asian store, the frozen malunggay or the chili leaves that I notice before are not there to be found, so I just used the spinach because they are abundant and it was recommended by a friend of mine.

Cooking away from your native country is challenging but enjoyable, especially when you are with your love ones. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients :

  • 1 lb. chicken, cut into serving pieces (or any choice cuts of your liking like thighs, drumsticks or wings)
  • 1 thumb-sized fresh ginger root, cut into strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. patis (fish sauce)
  • salt, to taste
  • 4 to 5 cups water (or rice water – 2nd washing)
  • 2 to 3 sayote (chayote squash), quartered (or green, unripe papaya or potatoes)
  • 1 cup sili (chili) leaves or malunggay or substitute 1/2 lb. spinach
  • vegetable oil
(Cooking Tables)

Cooking Procedures :

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté ginger and garlic until fragrant. Add onions, stir-fry until softened and translucent.
  2. Add chicken cuts. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until chicken colors slightly. Season with patis and salt.
  3. Pour in water (or rice water, if using). Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer until chicken is half-done. Add in chayote (or papaya or potatoes, if using). Continue simmering until chicken and vegetable are tender. Correct seasonings and then addsili leaves or malunggay or substitute. Stir to combine until well blended. Remove from heat.
  4. Let stand for a few minutes to cook the green vegetables. Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot.

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34 Responses to “Tinolang Manok (Chicken Ginger Stew with Vegetables)”

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  1. jane says:

    Salamat sa recipe!!sa wakas alam qna qng puno lutuin ang tinulang manok,
    nx agin

  2. Overseer 2-1 says:

    Thanks for the recipe. Been cooking for myself for weeks because of some circumstances and I found just what to cook today. As said before, Thanks a lot. ^_^

  3. Thess says:

    really yummy, I added more spinach….!

  4. denden says:

    i love to cook tinolang manok it

    i love to cook tinola sometimes nilalagyan ko pa ng union leeks at bell pepper super bango.try nio


  5. joseph says:

    lami kau..i miss my papa lu2……….i love my pop…………

  6. Naive Kath says:


  7. janjan says:

    thanks! didn’t know cooking tinolang manok would be this easy!

  8. mark says:

    salamat…..enjoying rite now

  9. reden says:

    wow sarap… thanks tinolang manok

  10. dave says:

    paborito ko ‘to, love to cook and eat tinola!!!!

  11. hai says:

    missing pinoy food trip, thanks for this site it helps alot.
    Tinola manok love it:)

  12. demz says:

    ang galing nang tinola, tnx,

  13. thel says:

    ayos kakaluto ko lang thanks sa recipe! =)

  14. Pen says:

    Thank you for tinolang manonk 😀

  15. renzo says:

    salamat sa recipe. love tinola. 🙂

  16. Cel says:

    i love tinolang manok. thanks sa recipe. nag-add lang ako ng mas madaming ginger, mas naging malasa sya. Thank you. 🙂

  17. ana says:

    thank you for this website…, i will try to cook filipino tinolang manok tomorrow for almost 7 years staying here in the foreign country, thanks…

  18. meridhel says:

    tnx for tinolang manok

  19. Sky says:

    thank you 🙂

  20. Saronova says:

    Aloha, Papaya grows here in Hawaii and so does malungay. In fact these two trees grow like weeds here and bear fruit very quickly. So Tinola is very easy to have on these islands.

  21. jackie says:

    buti na lang nakita ko tong site na to. nagluluto ako ng tinola tapos wala pala akong chicken broth or chicken buillion. buti di pa ko nakasaing at ung pinaghugasan na lang ung ginamit ko. thanks.

  22. yen says:

    easy to follow and yummy. thanks 🙂

  23. gloria linco torello says:

    TINOLA is one of my favorite dishes,,everytime i cook this i put more ginger to sharpen the taste,,yummy!!!!

  24. christine says:

    PERFECT !!! please keep the recipes up 🙂 my first time making this and it was so yummy! found all the substitutes at my local grocery store.. plus, hubby loved it so much!!! THANKS FOR THE RECIPE

  25. dana abella says:

    good job, Thank for the tinolang Manok Recipe

  26. TMAQ says:

    its my first time to cook and i tried to cook this one and it’s very easy to cook with the help of your cooking procedures… i really love the taste, especially i was the one who cook… hahaha… thank you so much!

  27. kim says:

    tnx to your help, my first time cooking didn’t go so hard…. ^^,

  28. area says:

    tnx very much ur website helps me a lot ..

  29. Me 10 says:

    I also cooked this when I went to the US for a month… My american bf and his mom really love it! I will definitely cook this again when I go back. Madali lang kasi ako nakahanap ng sayote…kaso wala talaga akong maitang “dahon ng sili”. Thanks for giving me an idea na pwede pala ang spinach as a substitute.

  30. Sika says:

    Oh wow. Didn’t know sayote was chayote squash. I’m literally eating this right now, minus the sili. Thanks for the info!

  31. Debbie says:

    Thanks for the info re ingredients substitutes. cause i really have a hard time finding filipino ingredients. ive been wanting to cook tinola. ill try to used spinach instead of malunggay.

    Thanks again…

  32. Sheryl says:

    I wanna try this tinolang manok one of this day 🙂

  33. Nevada says:

    This was exactly how my mom made it! Super delicious, thanks!


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