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Chicken Tinola



Tinola is an easy, one-pot soup from the Philippines. Chicken, chayote squash (or papaya!), bok choy, and spinach are simmered with fresh ginger in a savory broth that's often served with white rice.


    • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 (1 1/2 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 3 pounds chicken legs and thighs, rinsed and patted dry
    • 2 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
    • 1 chayote squash, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 head bok choy, chopped
    • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh spinach, chopped



  1. Gather all ingredients.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add ginger and fish sauce; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in chicken and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour in chicken broth and cook for 5 minutes. Add squash and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add bok choy and spinach; cook until spinach is just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot.

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