Ginataang Manok at Kalabasa Recipe

Cook chicken in coconut milk along with a favorite vegetable, squash.

Ginataang manok at kalabasa, or chicken and squash cooked in coconut milk, is a simple dinner you can put together in minutes. It makes use of several pantry staples, too! Remember to simmer the sauce gently to avoid burning the coconut milk. This Filipino recipe is a favorite for a reason! 

Ginataang Manok at Kalabasa Recipe

Lhas Alvarez
Cook chicken in coconut milk along with a favorite vegetable, squash.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 2 to 3


Ginataang Manok at Kalabasa Ingredients

  • 600 Grams chicken parts legs and thighs
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced
  • 1 knob ginger sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1/4 Cup Leeks sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Fish sauce
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1 Cup squash or kalabasa, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cups coconut milk
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • spring onions Chopped, for garnish


  • Season chicken parts with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in pan over medium high heat then sear chicken on all sides until lightly brown. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  • Using the same pan, sauté onions, garlic, ginger and leeks. Bring the chicken back to the pan, then add the kalabasa cubes and fish sauce and simmer for 3 minutes. Pour in the water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 8 minutes. Add the coconut milk and simmer for another 5-6 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Season to taste.
Keyword Ginataang Manok
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