Tinola Ginger and Chicken Soup




  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garlic


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons garlic
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 chayote squash, cubed
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • salt and pepper
  • ~ 3 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  2. 1 tablespoon ginger
  3. 1 tablespoon garlic
  4. Marinate chicken for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Bake chicken at 350 F to internal temperature of 165 F; set aside and rest.
  6. Sauté onion, garlic, and ginger.*
  7. Add chicken broth; bring to boil.
  8. Add cubed chayote and simmer till tender.
  9. Add slurry of cornstarch (l tablespoon per cup liquid) to achieve desired soup thickness.
  10. Add cubed chicken.
  11. Add kale and simmer until wilted.
  12. Salt and pepper to taste.

* Use fresh ginger for stronger flavor or increase amount of minced ginger.


6 servings (8-ounce portions)

Nutrition Tip

Tinola is a traditional Filipino soup made with chicken, broth, and spices, such as garlic and ginger. The chicken in this flavorful dish provides an excellent source of protein and is considered a complete protein as it contains all of the essential amino acids the body needs to build muscle mass, body cells and tissue. Chicken is also a great source of magnesium, potassium, and B vitamins. Veggies such as squash and kale round out this nutritious meal.

Source: Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center

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