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A Ridiculously Delicious Filipino Soup (Chicken Tinola Recipe)

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This Ridiculously delicious and easy chicken tinola recipe comes from my childhood. The signature taste is humble and comes from simple ingredients like ginger and fish sauce. This is Filipino comfort food.
  Cooking oil 2 Tablespoon
  Fresh ginger 2 Tablespoon, peeled, cut into thin slices & slivered
  Garlic 5 Clove (25 gm), minced finely
  Chicken whole 1 Medium, cut into pieces
  Fresh tomato 1 Medium, wedged into 5 pieces
  Water 2 Liter
  Chayote/Green papaya 1 Medium, cut into bite sized pieces (Peeled and seeded)
  Fresh spinach/Chili leaf 1 Bunch (100 gm)
  Red onion 1 Medium, diced
  Patis To Taste (Fish sauce)

1. In a large pot heat up some cooking oil, add the ginger, garlic and onion. Sate for a few minutes.
2. Add the chicken pieces and cook it briefly till the surface turns opaque.
3. Then add the tomatoes. Once the tomatoes cook a little add 2 liters of water and stir. Set the heat down to medium, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes till the chicken gets tender.
4. Give the chicken broth a taste and add salt if required only. (Fish sauce gives enough salt to the dish). Add the fish sauce, stir and the chayotes and stir it again.
5. Now add the leaves and cover the lid on and simmer for a couple of minutes till the leaves wilt.

6. Serve warm as a soup or over some steamed rice.

Using a spoon or a ladle, skim out any foam of fat settling on the surface of the chicken broth around the edges.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
This Filipino Chicken Tinola recipe is a one of its kind. This most popular Pinoy dish is a must-try for soup lovers. Those who love a hearty soup to warm the toes on a cold night, should give this recipe a try.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 803 Calories from Fat 443

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 49 g75.7%

Saturated Fat 13 g64.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 251.2 mg83.7%

Sodium 267.7 mg11.2%

Total Carbohydrates 9 g2.9%

Dietary Fiber 1.9 g7.7%

Sugars 3.3 g

Protein 77 g154.9%

Vitamin A 12.6% Vitamin C 18.9%

Calcium 7% Iron 18.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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