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Nilagang Manok (Simple Filipino Chicken Soup)

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 isn't cold and chilly outside.

Cook Time

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


Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on October 14, 2020:

You're welcome Drew. Let me know how they turn out.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on October 14, 2020:

Thanks Peggy. Yes, I like simple and easy to make dishes as well.

Drew Agravante from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on October 14, 2020:

Ah, miss this food. Going to cook it within the next few days. Thanks for the recipe.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2020:

Your soup sounds very healthy and simple to make.

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