Chicken Tinola Soup is a traditional Filipino dish known for its gingery and savory broth. This comforting soup typically includes chicken, green papaya, and chili pepper leaves (or spinach as a substitute), making it both nutritious and flavorful.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1.5 pounds chicken, cut into serving pieces (thighs and drumsticks work well)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 green papaya, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 cup chili pepper leaves or spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fish sauce (patis), to taste
  • Optional: 1 lemon or calamansi for serving


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger until the onion is translucent and the mixture is fragrant.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and cook until all sides are lightly browned.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken is tender.
  4. Add the green papaya wedges to the soup and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the papaya is tender but not mushy.
  5. Stir in the chili pepper leaves or spinach and cook until wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Season the soup with salt, pepper, and fish sauce to taste.
  7. Serve hot. Optionally, add a squeeze of lemon or calamansi juice for added zest.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Protein: 20g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes


  • Serves: 4-6 people

Chicken Tinola Soup is a heartwarming dish, ideal for those seeking a soothing and nutritious meal. Its unique flavor profile, highlighted by ginger and fish sauce, offers a delightful taste experience. Enjoy this comforting soup with a side of steamed rice for a traditional Filipino meal.

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