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Vegan Tinolang Manok (Chicken Tinola)

  • Author: Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 6 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


Tinolang Manok or Chicken Tinola was one of my favorite comfort foods growing up. This easy veganized version is made with healthy, nourishing plant-based ingredients and comes together in one pot in about 30 minutes. 


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-inches fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 ½ cups vegan chicken
  • 1 large or 2 small stalks of lemongrass, hard white part smashed and leaves tied into a knot (see notes)
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 teaspoons vegan chicken bouillon paste
  • 2 tablespoons vegan fish sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2 small chayote/sayote, peeled and cut into wedges
  • ½ small young papaya, peeled, deseeded, and cut into wedges
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 large handful malunggay (moringa) leaves, hard stems removed
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add in the oil. Once warm, add the onions and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, and black peppercorns and cook for one minute more or until fragrant but not burned.
  3. Add in the tied lemongrass and vegan chicken. Saute for a few minutes.
  4. Add water, vegan bouillon paste, vegan fish sauce, and chayote to the pot and stir. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring it to a boil.
  5. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue a simmer for about 3 minutes, then add in the chunks of green papaya.
  6. Cook until the chayote and papaya are soft and can easily be pierced with a fork, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add in the spinach and moringa and mix through, allowing it to cook for a minute to soften.
  8. Season with salt and black pepper to taste and enjoy!


  • Learn how to prepare lemongrass here:
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Entree, Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Keywords: filipino, vegan chicken, soup, fall, winter, tinola, manok, vegan filipino, spinach, moringa