Chicken Tinola (Chicken Stew)

It’s very unlikely that we are having  a little rainy Summer.The weather’s a little colder and when it gets a little cold it’s really nice to have some soup paired with your rice. Everybody loves chicken and that’s all we have in the fridge so I thought of cooking Chicken Tinola. I usually put unripe papaya in my Tinola but we still have some chayote, might as well use it than let it go to waste later.As usual ingredients were not measured but eyeballed.


1 kg chicken, chopped into pieces
3 chayotes, cut into bite size pieces
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1 tbsp ginger, cut into strips
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 ½ cups chili leaves
6 cups water


  • Heat oil in a pot. saute garlic, onion and ginger.
  • Add chicken when onions are transparent,then add water.Simmer until chicken is tender.
  • Season with fish sauce then add chayote.Continue to simmer until Chayote is tender but not overcooked.
  • Add chili leaves then turn off heat.

You can add vetsin if you like or substitute Moringa leaves  instead of chili leaves but the taste won’t be the same. Chili leaves goes really well with chicken soup.

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12 Responses

  1. this is one of my daughter’s favorite, chicken tinola and the only leaves that she eats are pechay and chili leaves.

  2. I love chicken, but I have to say this is my least favorite chicken dish. Pero masarap pa rin naman.

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  3. yummy.. love the sayote too.. tapos i always put Maggi Savor garlic flavor 😉

  4. Your Tinola looks great!The vegetables are so fresh to look at. Yummy! perfect for a rainy day 😉

  5. ang sarap naman ng chicken tinola mo–walang chayote dito sa Japan(T_T)
    Yummy tinola!!Huga to Ykaie!^_^

  6. Yum! I love eating this when I have a really bad cold…hehehe I want ine extra spicy, lotsa veggies, and taters…eheheheh 🙂 nyum!

  7. Ay, love ko din ang soup na ito! Minsan nga ginagamit ko din ang recipe for arroz caldo hehe…tuwa din ako dito kasi gustong gusto din ng kids! Happy weekend!

  8. uy tinola!

    wala kaming dahon ng sili dito kaya dahon ng basil nilalagay ko.

    happy weekend!

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