Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chicken with Ginger & Chayote Squash Soup (Tinolang Manok)

Ah the Perks of Preschool.
My little Taz,
learns his letters, numbers, words,
he learns to be attentive, to respect, to listen, and to share. 
Last week when I picked him up,
he greeted me with his usual warm hug and yummy kisses,
and gave me the very cute art work made for that day,
and the Flu virus
someone so nicely shared.
Parents ... please keep your child at home if they are sick!!!
I'm not sure how my little Taz just got the sniffles
and I got the worst of it.
Getting old I guess,
my immune system is not as strong
as when I was younger.
Well my Mom duties does not stop when I'm sick.
I needed to make dinner.
 I remembered the Filipino version of chicken soup
my mom used to make.
This soup is usually made
with Green Papaya and Pepper leaves or Moringa Leaves (Malunggay leaves),
but since it's not available anywhere where I live,
I used Chayote squash and Cilantro.
It's a light, refreshing and aromatic soup.
Just perfect to feed your flu.
The warm broth is soothing and comforting.
The Ginger in this soup is known as a stomach-calming agent,
and aids in the body's use and absorption of other nutrients and medicines.
Ginger and Lemon grass are both known to be a great remedy
for the cold and sore throat.
A bowl of this soup is just the perfect dose!


4 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
2 lbs chicken, (bone-in, cut in small pieces)
1 large onion, diced
2 tbsp ginger, peeled & cut into strips
2 lemon grass
3 chayote squash or 1 medium green papaya
1/2 cup cilantro or pepper leaves
Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot, add water, stock, onions, ginger and lemon grass. Bring to a boil at medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken. Bring to a boil. Then lower heat to medium and continue to cook for 10 mins.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add chayote squash or green papaya. Cook until squash/papaya is tender.
  • Add cilantro (or pepper leaves or moringa leaves if available).
  • Serve hot.


  • You can find all ingredients in your local Asian Market. If you live in California all ingredients are available in any grocery stores.
  • This soup is usually made with just water or rice washing, I added broth with water to add more flavor to the soup.
  • I chose not to sauté the chicken with the aromatics because the less oil I use the better.
  • I use chicken drummettes because my children prefer it.
  • We usually pair this with rice, adding it to the soup.


  1. Aw, hope you are feeling better soon!

    You are one awesome mom, cooking delicious and nutritious stuff even while under the weather, take care!

    1. Thanks Jen! You're so sweet!
      The soup did work
      together with the humidifier and lots of liquids.
      And of course a goodnight's rest.

  2. I feel ya!
    A mom's job is never done.
    I miss this soup, I might just have to make it this weekend.
    Perfect for cold nights.

  3. so true, as a mom we're dutifully up 24/7 -sick or not... :) but we love being moms !!!
    Tinola is always a part of my family's weekly menu, coz we love it, esp my daughter. this is the only dish that she gets to eat not just the chicken but surprisingly chayote and moringga as well.


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