Tinola – Filipino Chicken Soup
I was introduced to Tinola years ago while visiting with my in-laws. From what I learned at the time, tinola was typically made when ‘Uncle Tony’ came over to visit my father-n-law. Tinola was Uncle Tony’s favorite dish, and after tasting it, I could not have agreed more with Uncle Tony. This soup brought my father-n-law and Uncle Tony together. A bowl of comforting soup brought up stories from when they were growing up in the Philippines; from what I know. This soup reminds me of an traditional chicken soup, but jazzed up with some really killer ingredients.
Today was one of those days in Milwaukee where it was just a gloomy day filled with rain and cold temperatures, and coming off a recent weekend at a water park, this was one dish I was looking forward to making. A dish so comforting that it warmed the soul.
- Whole chicken, cleaned and cut up
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 inches of fresh ginger, skin removed, smashed and thinly sliced
- 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 large onion, rough chopped
- 3 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
- 1 cup of rice water (soak rice in water for an hour, drain and reserve water)
- 6 cups of chicken stock, warmed
- 1/4 of frozen spinach, thawed, and drained or 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
- Pinch of pepper
- Cooked white rice (optional)
- chili flakes (garnish, optional)
- thinly sliced green onion (garnish, optional)
Begin by bringing a large soup pot to a medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the olive oil. Add in your ginger, garlic, and onion and stir fry for a few minutes, being careful not to burn anything. During this time, add the stock and rice water to a pot, and begin to warm it up. Next, add in your chicken pieces, skin side down to the onion, ginger, and garlic mixture. Brown the chicken, for about 7-10 minutes, then add in the fish sauce.Â Next, add in your stock, spinach, and rice water, bringing it all together, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and walk away. Come back in about 45 minutes to an hour.
To a large soup bowl, add a large spoonful of cooked white rice. Ladle in your the broth, get some chicken pieces in there (drum stick, thigh, wing, or breast), add a bit of black pepper, chili flakes, and green onion.
Trust me on this, it is a sure winner on any day of the week, but when you are looking for comfort on a rainy, cold day, this one is a must. I hope you enjoy.
i love Chicken Soup it is so yummy.
i love to eat Chicken Soup, my mom used always serve that dish with me specially when i am sick during my childhood days.
Chicken soup is one of my favorite dishes when i was a kid and until now. It is tasty and very yummy.
Chicken Soup is one of my favorite dishes of all time. it is very tasty and the ingredients are very available. sometimes i put a dash of chili over my chicken soup because i like it spicy hot.