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Tinolang Manok

Tinolang Manok is the ultimate comfort food! Made of chicken, green papaya, fresh spinach, and a ginger-flavored broth, this Filipino soup is hearty, healthy, and tasty.

Yields 18


4.5 tablespoon canola oil

4.5 small onion, peeled and sliced thinly

13.5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

9 thumb-sized fresh ginger

4.5 (3 to 4 pounds) whole chicken, cut into serving pieces

9 tablespoons fish sauce

22.5 cups water

4.5 small green papaya, pared, seeded and cut into 2-inch wedges

4.5 bunch fresh spinach leaves, stems trimmed

salt and pepper to taste

The recipe calls for green papaya but you can also use chayote or potatoes


In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, ginger, and garlic and cook until softened.

Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 to 7 minutes or until chicken starts to change color and juices run clear.

Add fish sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add water and bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 30 to 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Add papaya and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until tender yet crisp.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add spinach and push down into broth. Cook until just wilted. Serve hot.