Ginataang Manok (Chicken Cooked in Coconut Milk)


This ginataang manok is a Filipino chicken dish flavored with ginger and coconut milk. Each family has their own version; this is my mother's. It's a rich dish that makes your kitchen smell so wonderful! Once my family smells the ginger frying and coconut milk simmering, they can't wait for it to be done so they can dig in. I salt it liberally, as the coconut milk tends to hide the salt flavor.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

  • ½ cup sliced fresh ginger

  • 1 (5 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and stir in ginger. Cook and stir until fragrant and lightly browned. Remove ginger and set aside.

  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken in the same skillet over medium-high heat without crowding. Cook until chicken is lightly brown on all sides.

  3. Return ginger to the skillet and add coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then cover with the lid tilted to allow steam to escape. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink at the bone, about 30 minutes.

  4. Stir in spinach and simmer uncovered until spinach is warmed through, 8 to 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

709 Calories
60g Fat
7g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 709
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 32g 160%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 719mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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