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Tinola is an easy, one-pot soup from the Philippines. Chicken, chayote squash (or papaya!), bok choy, and spinach are simmered with fresh ginger in a savory broth that's often served with white rice.



Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add ginger and fish sauce; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in chicken and cook for 5 minutes.

  • Pour in chicken broth and cook for 5 minutes. Add squash and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Add bok choy and spinach; cook until spinach is just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot.


You can use a green papaya instead of chayote squash if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

532 calories; protein 65.5g; carbohydrates 14.1g; fat 22.9g; cholesterol 207.8mg; sodium 1550.9mg. Full Nutrition