Chicken Tinola Recipe

Chicken Tinola, a staple of Filipino cuisine, is an inviting stew packed with flavor and health benefits. It encompasses tender chunks of chicken, verdant papaya, and nutrient-dense moringa leaves, all simmered in a ginger-infused broth that warms the soul. The dish’s harmonious fusion of sweet, spicy, and savory notes is a testament to its popularity in Filipino households. The beauty of Chicken Tinola lies in its simplicity, using easily accessible ingredients to create a dish that transcends generations, embodying the heart of home-cooked Filipino meals.

Recipe for Chicken Tinola

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 kg chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 small green papaya, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups of moringa (malunggay) leaves
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 inches ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger until aromatic.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Pour in the water, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked.
  4. Add the papaya wedges to the pot and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the papaya becomes tender.
  5. Stir in the moringa leaves, then season with salt and pepper. Let it simmer for another 3-5 minutes.
  6. Serve the Chicken Tinola hot with steamed rice for a complete, nutritious meal.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 280
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 150mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Vitamin A: 15% DV
  • Vitamin C: 30% DV
  • Calcium: 10% DV
  • Iron: 15% DV

This nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.