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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.

Source: EatingWell.com, October 2019


Credit: Lisa Cassell-Arms

Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.



To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Learn more about this healthy Filipino soup.

Nutrition Facts

1 1/2 cups
344 calories; protein 27.4g; carbohydrates 14.2g; dietary fiber 1.9g; sugars 6.1g; fat 20.5g; saturated fat 3.6g; cholesterol 75.5mg; vitamin a iu 2134.5IU; vitamin c 52.1mg; folate 56mcg; calcium 82.8mg; iron 2.3mg; magnesium 51.9mg; potassium 634.2mg; sodium 663mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

3 lean protein, 2 1/2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fruit