Sinampalukang Manok (Chicken in Tamarind Soup)

Sinampalukang Manok

Yesterday, we craved for Sinampalukang Manok!

Sinampalukang Manok is a lot like our favorite and the most popular Filipino dish (next to Adobo) which is Sinigang because it has a sour broth. But it’s also different because it doesn’t contain any vegetables – it’s a simple, easy to cook dish with minimal ingredients.

When I was still learning/starting how to cook, I cook this dish using usbong ng sampalok or young tamarind leaves and sinigang mix to make the broth sour. But now, I prefer using fresh sampalok — it makes a lot of difference in terms of taste.


Sinampalukang Manok

Unlike Sinigang, Sinampalukang Manok doesn’t have any vegetables but if you want, you can also add a bit of sitaw or kangkong or okra — di naman yan magrereklamo..LOL!

However you want to cook your Sinampalukang Manok is up to you but one thing I know is that this is a dish where you can really taste the flavor of chicken and because it’s soup — it’s very comforting. You’ll surely crave for more — isa itong unli rice ulam.


Sinampalukang Manok

  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 250g sampalok (tamarind)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 cloves garlic. minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 800g chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 chicken cube
  • 1/2 cup sampalok leaves (usbong ng sampaloc)
  • patis to taste
  • green chili (optional)


  1. Make the sampaloc broth: Boil and simmer the sampaloc in water until soft. Crush it with a masher and using a strainer, separate the broth from the seeds and skin. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pot and sauté the garlic, onions, and ginger until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add the chicken and continue cooking until brown.
  4. Pour in the sampalok broth, add the chicken cube and stir.
  5. Add the sampalok leaves. Cover and simmer for about 25 minutes until cooked.
  6. Season with patis to taste and add green chili, if using and let it simmer for 2 more minutes.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

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  1. Ang sarap Naman nito ma . Nakakagutom talaga mga recipe mo ma gusto ko itry perfect ulam

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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