Did You Know There Are 5 Ways To Make Tinola?

There's the classic tinola, and there are these recipes that make it even more delicious and appetizing.

IMAGE Michael Chua

Tinola for many Pinoys is the classic chicken soup. It's a simple and basic recipe that calls for chicken simmered in water to create a simple and fast chicken broth whose flavor is enhanced with ginger slices. It's made heartier with chunks of tender green papaya and talbos ng sili in the chicken broth.

Tinola was probably the chicken soup your mother made and then pushed you to eat whenever you felt a little under the weather. 

Since it's such a simple recipe, anyone who experiments in the kitchen can tweak it to make their own. From a classic recipe to a one that transforms it's overall flavor, here are five ways to make tinola that we think are delicious:  

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1 Classic Chicken Tinola Recipe 

It's hard to beat the original and in this case, it's easy to make! It has simple flavors that are downright delicious and comforting, too. We used sayote instead of green papaya just in case you can't find the vegetable. You'll want a bowl of this every time it rains and gets chilly.   

A comforting bowl of tinola always hits the spot.
 

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

2 Tinola Paella Recipe 

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If you're the type who wants lots and lots of rice when you're eating tinola, this is one recipe you need for when you feel like having unli-rice!

This dish is cooked slowly, with stock added in batches, similar to how risotto is made.
 

Photo by Cy Ynares

3 Baked Tinola Recipe 

Everyone knows how to cook this chicken in ginger broth on the stovetop. So, you'd be surprised how easy it is to ditch the stove. There's no hovering over the heat of the flame while the oven does all the cooking for you. 

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Love tinola? Here's a new twist on preparing this popular Pinoy ginger chicken!

Photo by Dairy Darilag

4 Pork Tinola Recipe 

Sometimes, a simple addition or swap can make a big difference in a dish. In this case, the humble tinola is updated by using pork instead of the usual chicken so you get a different flavor that, while isn't a classic ingredient, is still quite delicious and easy to make.  

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Switch it up! Try making Filipino tinola with pork.

Photo by Michael Chua

5 Chicken Binakol Recipe 

There is always a twist you can do to make dishes more flavorful, and in this instance, coconut water instead of plain water transforms the flavor profile of this tinola version. It's similar in taste to the tinola but different enough to earn its own name. 

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This coconut water-based broth is a must-try!
 

Similar in taste to tinolang manok, this light soup of chicken and coconut is a perfect for rainy day meals.
 

If you love these recipes and want more, here are chicken soup recipes to sate your craving: 

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For an exotic and rich noodle soup, give this Thai-inspired dish a try. The creamy coconut milk, infused with red curry paste, is a delicious base for the chicken and noodles.
 

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