Tinolang Manok

 

Chicken Tinola

Tinolang Manok is the ultimate comfort food! Made of chicken, green papaya, fresh spinach, and a ginger-flavored broth, this Filipino soup is hearty, healthy, and tasty.

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 pc onion (small sized chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (cut into strips)
  • 1 pc ginger (2 – inch cut into strips)
  • 1/2 kilo chicken (cut into 8 pcs)
  • 1 liter water
  • 2 pcs knorr chicken cube
  • 1 pc sayote (or 1 pc small sized green papaya sliced)
  • 2 stalks dahon ng sili
  1. Get a casserole or pot and bring it up to medium heat before pouring in the oil. Drop in the onions, garlic and ginger and sauté slowly for about 2 minutes or until you can smell the lovely aroma of the thoroughly cooked vegetables.

  2. It’s time to drop in those chicken pieces and stir until it turns white in color.

  3. Pour in the water and throw in your Knorr Chicken Broth cubes. Bring this to a simmer until chicken is tender and cooked through.

  4. You can now add your sayote or green papaya and cook until tender.

  5. Dahon ng sili is added at the last stage to ensure leaves (and nutrients) don’t dry up. Give this a minute then it is done. Malunggay is also another healthy alternative because it is packed with vitamins and minerals which are good for nursing moms and kids as well.

  6. Enjoy this with patis and calamansi on the side. See the faces of your whole family light up as you bring this to the table.

For Instagram:

  1. Make a nice photo of some random spices for your Instagram story. Make sure the story lasts at least [timer seconds=10]10 seconds[/timer] 

How amazing it is to be human. The things we disregard, the things we hold dear, the things we remember. I am now a forty-two-year-old woman who has gone through life, seen too much of life, and yet, every time I cook a pot of tinolang manok, a memory from an already distant past can still grip my heart and tear it apart.

I was five years old when my parents separated, and soon after, my father began another family. On one of the irregular occasions we did visit him, my brothers, my father, his new wife, and his then 2-year old son gathered around the table for a lunch of chicken tinola.