Ginataang Manok

Ginataang Manok

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Category: Main Course

Cuisine: Filipino

Yield: 4

Ginataang Manok

Ginataang Manok is translated as chicken stewed in coconut milk. This is a simple Filipino dish wherein chicken is sautéed in garlic, onion, and ginger then stewed in coconut milk. It is also one of my favoritesimple ginataan recipes. A more traditional approach requires native hen (usually grown in the backyard). It is much tastier compared to broiler chickens and adds more flavor to the dish.


  • 2 lbs chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ½ bunch spinach
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp ginger julienned
  • 8 ounces green papaya wedged
  • ½ tsp paprika optional
  • 1 piece long green chili optional
  • 4 pieces Thai chili or siling labuyo if available, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the cooking pot and pour-in the cooking oil.
  • Sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger.
  • Add the chicken and cook until the color of the outer part turns light brown.
  • Pour-in the coconut milk while stirring and bring to a boil.
  • Sprinkle some paprika then simmer for 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the coconut milk becomes thick.
  • Add the long green chili and Thai chili then simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add the green papaya then simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Put-in the spinach, salt, and pepper then simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Turn-off the heat then transfer the cooked chicken to a serving plate
  • Serve hot. Share and enjoy!


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