Chicken Binakol ~ Chicken in Coconut Soup

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  • 800g chicken , cut into serving pieces
  • 3 cups young coconut water
  • 3 cups young coconut meat
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 small green papaya or sayote, wedged
  • 1 cup hot pepper leaves
  • 3 stalks lemon grass, cut in 1 inch length and smashed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • pepper to tastel


  1. Heat oil in a large pot and sauté garlic, onion, ginger and lemongrass until onions become translucent.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and cook until in oil until a little brown
  3. Pour in Coconut water, chicken broth and add coconut meat.
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  5. Add the sayote or green papaya, fish sauce and ground pepper.
  6. Simmer for 5 minutes
  7. Turn off heat and add hot pepper leaves. Heat will continue to cook those leaves.
  8. Because of the coconut, there maybe a lot of oil rising to the top of the soup, just skim it with a spoon or a ladle and throw in your sink. Do this until there’s a small amount of oil left.
  9. Serve hot with steamed rice