Chicken Tinola

Filipino Tinola Recipe: Making It Simple & Traditional

As the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, it feels right to have a large pot of soup simmering on the stove-top. A staple soup my wife and I always go to a traditional chicken Filipino Tinola. We’ve developed a tasty and simple recipe for Filipino Tinola which is packed with flavor and tastes delicious.

What is Filipino Tinola?

Garlic and Ginger
Ginger & Garlic

A few years ago I went and visited my wife’s in the Philippines we were served a delicious and traditional meal. Filipino Tinola chicken soup with ginger and other delicious spices. It is a thick vegetable and chicken soup with strong flavors.

Hearty and thick seasonal vegetables, chicken, and spices. It is simple and delicious. Also, Filipino Tinola traditionally would be served over rice. So it is even more hearty and filling during these colder seasons.

Filipino Tinola Ingredients

Bok Choy
Fresh bok choy

Time: 1 -2 Hours

  • Tablespoon Ginger
  • Four Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Cup White Rice
  • Four Chicken Thighs
  • Two Leeks
  • Two Bok Choy
  • Three Carrots
  • Two Potatoes
  • Water
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Two Chicken Stock Cubes
  • Two Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • One Teaspoon Sesame Oil


  1. Begin boiling water, and salt your water. While waiting for water to boil begin dicing ginger and garlic.
  2. Once water is boiling add diced ginger and garlic, chicken thighs, and stock cubes, and cover. This way the chicken will cook while absorbing the flavored broth and aroma.
  3. Add Fish Sauce and Sesame Oil.
  4. Add Salt & Pepper. Stir and cover.
  5. Peel your carrots and potatoes. Dice your carrots and potatoes. Add carrots and potatoes to the soup broth. Stir and cover.
  6. Dice the bok choy and leeks. Regarding the leeks, we will only be using the thick white part of it, not the leaves. We will be using the entire bok choy though. Add to pot. Stir and cover.
  7. Begin cooking rice.
  8. Let the soup simmer for 1-2 hours, while covered. This way your chicken fully cooks and the broth flavors and aroma start to properly blend.
  9. Taste, add more salt and pepper if desired.
  10. Serve over white rice and enjoy!

Everyone loves this dish because it is full of thick, hearty food, and full of flavors. It is very memorable. And to make your life easier, this dish lasts very well in the fridge for up to two days and can even be frozen for up to a month.

WASHINGTON, DC – Annies Chicken Chayote Soup (Tinoy) photographed in Washington, DC . (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images).


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