Tinola (Filipino Ginger-Garlic Chicken Soup)

Tinola (Filipino Ginger-Garlic Chicken Soup)

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell.com, October 2019

Tinola, a comforting chicken soup seasoned with plenty of ginger and garlic, has countless variations throughout the Philippines. The soup calls for malunggay leaves (aka moringa), which can be found fresh or frozen at Asian markets. Bok choy is a good substitute. Feel free to increase the amounts of garlic and fish sauce for an even more flavorful soup. Serve this easy and healthy chicken soup on its own or with jasmine rice, quinoa or wild rice.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons canola oil or avocado oil
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1½ cups peeled and cubed green papaya or chayote
  • 2 cups chopped malunggay leaves or bok choy leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


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  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, ginger and garlic; cook, stirring, until the onion starts to turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Add chicken and broth; cook, stirring, until the chicken is just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add papaya (or chayote), malunggay (or bok choy), fish sauce, salt and pepper; continue simmering until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have melded, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 344 calories; 20 g fat(4 g sat); 2 g fiber; 14 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 56 mcg folate; 76 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,135 IU vitamin A; 52 mg vitamin C; 83 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 663 mg sodium; 634 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (87% daily value), Vitamin A (43% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 3 lean protein, 2½ fat, 1 vegetable, ½ fruit

Reviews 2

November 03, 2019
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By: Cathy C
I just used about 1T of ginger (minced), and I used the Chayote squash instead of papaya. This turned out great. Will be making it again.
October 28, 2019
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By: MeganOS
This soup is so good--I love how gingery it is, and the fish sauce adds wonderful umami. I hope to not have any colds this winter, but this is definitely the soup I am making if I do get one.
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