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Chicken Tinola Recipe

Today's chicken tinola recipe will introduce you to a heart-warming Filipino soup full of unique Asian flavors and fragrances. It’s the ultimate comfort soup, specially made for chilly days when all you crave is to curl up under a warm blanket and treat yourself to a steamy hearty meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: chicken tinola, chicken tinola recipe, healthy chicken tinola, how to make chicken tinola
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 8 oz skinless boneless chicken thigh
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 oz lemongrass
  • 10 oz chayote largely diced
  • 2 oz onion sliced
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Thai fish sauce
  • 2 oz chili leaves


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp ginger, and 1 oz lemongrass until fragrant.
    step 1: In a cast-iron skillet, sauté the herbs and spices until fragrant
  • Add 8 oz skinless boneless chicken thigh and stir for 1 minute.
    step 2: Sear the chicken
  • Add 10 oz chayote and 2 oz onion. Stir for another minute.
    step 3: Add the chayote and onion
  • Add 4 cup unsalted chicken broth and 1/8 tsp salt and stir well. Let it simmer for 30 minutes over a low heat.
    step 4: Add the chicken broth and salt. Simmer
  • As the soup starts bubbling, check frequently and skim off the scum (a white or brownish foamy layer of fat) floating on the surface.
    step 5: Skim off the scum floating on the surface as the soup starts bubbling
  • Add 1 tsp fish sauce and 2 oz chili leaves, give it a final stir, then remove from heat.
    step 6: Add fish sauce and chili leaves. Remove from heat
  • Portion out the tinola soup in small servings and enjoy it hot.
    step 7: Enjoy it hot


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 961IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg