COOKING WITH NEWBIES: How To Cook Tinolang Manok

This newbie cook learns how to make this classic Pinoy comfort food.

Among the many Filipino dishes enjoyed by every household, what else can be as soothing as a piping-hot, freshly cooked chicken tinola? A bowl of this hearty classic can instantly satisfy the stomach, comfort the heart, and uplift the soul.

What makes up this traditional comfort food? There’s the all-important ginger, which gives the tinola its distinct flavor — a combination of sweet, peppery, and slightly spicy. It also helps rid the chicken of that unpleasant lansa. There are the sayote and malunggay leaves that add heft, color, and texture to the dish.

Then, there’s the key ingredient your tinola should never be without — Knorr Chicken Cube. Not only does it boost the flavors of your soup, giving it more depth and making it more satisfying, but it also makes it more delicious. “Buong-buo and sarap,” as some say. It aids the ginger in enhancing the chicken. One cube makes sure the meat doesn’t remain bland, which is a common problem when cooking this dish.

It’s hard to beat this classic, which is why tinola is one of the dishes newbie cooks should perfect. Any beginner in the kitchen will gain confidence after trying this no-fail recipe—just as newbie cook Bianca Cordova, a mom and a businesswoman, did in this episode of Cooking With Newbies.

Bianca has always wanted to try her hand at cooking this Pinoy favorite. The result? Nothing less than perfection, all thanks to the tinola recipe below, which is a version that features the flavor-enhancing Knorr Chicken Cube. Try it for yourself.

Tinolang Manok Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Ready In: 55 minutes
Serves: 5 to 6

Tinolang Manok Ingredients:

1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced into strips
1 kilogram chicken pieces
5 cups water
1 piece Knorr Chicken Cube
1 medium sayote (or green papaya), sliced
1 cup malunggay leaves or dahon ng sili (hot pepper leaves)
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons patis (optional)

How to Cook Tinolang Manok:

1 Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Sauté onion until translucent. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

2 Add chicken pieces and cook until light brown, about 3 to 5 minutes.

3 Pour in water and let boil for 10 minutes, removing any scum or impurities. Add Knorr Chicken Cube and simmer for another 20 minutes.

4 Add sayote and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

5 Add hot pepper leaves or malunggay leaves. Season with pepper. Serve hot, with patis and calamansi on the side.

The addition of the Knorr Chicken Cube makes this tinola recipe so much more delicious. The best part is chicken tinola requires little prep, follows an easy procedure, and is hard to mess up.

Just like Bianca, you can also follow this recipe and be more confident in the kitchen with the help of Knorr Chicken Cubes. Whether you’re a newbie or an expert cook, you can rely on Knorr Chicken Cubes to help you cook delicious and flavorful chicken soups or stews.

With Knorr, the simplest recipes just got even better. Enjoy!

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