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Nilagang Manok (Simple Filipino Chicken Soup) Recipe

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Nilagang manok is a simple Filipino chicken and vegetable soup.

Nilagang manok is a simple Filipino chicken and vegetable soup.

What Is Nilagang Manok?

Nilagang manok is the Tagalog name for Filipino chicken soup. It is a simple and tasty dish that could be a complete meal by itself since it contains meat, potatoes, and vegetables—but traditionally, Filipinos eat it with rice.

When the weather becomes cooler, nothing beats a nice bowl of hot, steamy soup. Nilagang manok is one of my all-time favorites. It's not fancy. It contains just a few basic ingredients, but you can dress it up as much as you want by adding extra elements. It's so good, I would eat it even if it wasn't cold and chilly outside.

How to Cook Nilagang Manok

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

45 min

55 min

4–6 servings


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 small cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 3 medium potatoes, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce


  1. Place the chicken in a pot of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the peppercorns and fish sauce.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
  4. Add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the cabbage and onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with rice and enjoy.


  • Vegetables: Try including other vegetables such as green beans, plantains, green onions, bok choy, Napa cabbage, or corn on the cob.
  • Meat: Instead of chicken, you can use other meats such as beef.
  • Broth: For more depth of flavor, use canned chicken broth instead of water.

Fish Sauce