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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chicken Tinola

Tinolang Manok with Tanglad and Malunggay

Chicken Tinola or "Tinolang Manok" is a filipino soup dish wherein chicken is stewed with ginger. Green papaya and chili leaves are commonly added.  But in this recipe, I made use of sayote and malunggay leaves which are very good replacement. Lemongrass adds a nice flavor and aroma. On a cold weather, this is a nice dish to have.  And this is a very healthy dish because we have the malunggay (moringa), tanglad (lemongrass) and ginger.
Malunggay leaves (Moringa),
freshly picked from our yard

Malunggay leaves or moringa (in english term) is an herb with many health benefits. It is loaded with nutrients, vitamins and amino acids. It has detoxifying effect ,strengthens the immune system and gives your body a natural energy boost.  Each ounce of malunggay has seven times the Vit. C found in oranges, four times the vitamin A of carrots, three times the iron of spinach, four times the calcium of milk and three times as much as potassium of bananas. Soup dish with malunggay or moringa are often given to pregnant women and lactating mothers because of the superb health benefits it gives. 
Lemongrass not only gives a nice flavor and aroma, but is also known as an herb with healing qualities, can treat colds and flu, indigestion and body pains.

Now going back to the recipe... this is very simple and easy to make. Your family will surely enjoy its comforting taste. Here's how..


1 kilo chicken, any choice cuts
2 pcs sayote, peeled and sliced
1 cup malunggay leaves
2 stalks lemongrass (tanglad)
2 pcs thumbsized ginger, peeled and crushed
1 onion, quartered
3 cloves garlic, minced
ground pepper corn, to taste
fish sauce, to taste
1 liter chicken stock
2 tbsp cooking oil

  • Wash chicken. Drain well. set aside.
  • In a pot, heat oil. saute ginger, onions then garlic.
  • Add the chicken.
  • Add broth and lemongrass (dont forget to pound the stalk, to release the nice flavor)
  • Cover and let boil. Season with peppercorn and fish sauce.
  • Add sayote. cook for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat. Then add the malunggay leaves.
  • Serve hot! Enjoy!
Tinolang manok

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ping said...

This looks very refreshing. I looked up Moringa leaves and they actually have them here but we call them 'drumsticks' as we usually use the pods for indian curries. I didn't know the leaves could be eaten as well. Very interesting. My neighbor has a tree ... hmmm ....

Anonymous said...

I love this recipe! I miss my Bicol! - thanks cuz for sharing!

wok with ray said...

You tinola looks really good with those nice green sayote. I hardly see malungay where I live, so spinach is what I use most of the time. Thank you for sharing.

~ ray ~

Pinoy Kitchenette said...

Hi Ping! Glad you liked it. It sure tastes good, so you must try it. And lucky you, your neighbor have a moringa tree. Dont we just love anything that's free? hahaha

Pinoy Kitchenette said...

Hi Cathy! thanks for dropping by. Oo nga sarap nito, tulo pawis namin pag higop sabaw.

Pinoy Kitchenette said...

@wok with ray
Thank you Ray! actually my daughter prefers the sayote than the green papaya, that's why it's what i include with the tinola. Haven't tried spinach with it, hmn you just gave me an idea. :)will try it next time. Thanks!

maiylah said...

that looks good! reminds me of our tinola back in the province. :)

January Zelene said...

wow sarap nyan..:)


Kim, USA said...

I missed tinolang manok. Yung native na manok talaga iba kasi ang lasa at pati na ang malungay fresh hay!!

Bitter Melon/Ginisang Ampalaya

peachkins said...

one of my favorite dishes...but I like sili leaves instead of malunggay..

Oggi said...

Lovely and delicious tinola...love the fresh malunggay.:)

♥ Willa @ Postage Journal♥ said...

I'm craving for this for quite a while and your post doesn't help me at all, lol!

Jellybelly said...

Tinola is always good! Healthy too! Visiting from FTF!

The Twerp & I

domestic {cherry} said...

my family loves chicken tinola. in fact, we almost always have this every week...

visiting late via FTF:

stuart said...

Well, Moringa is the best choice for making fulfillment of nutrients in a body. Taking moringa in different dishes is also the better way for getting it in body.


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