Chicken Nilaga

Chicken Nilaga or Nilagang Manok is a simple Filipino chicken soup dish. It is so easy to make using simple ingredients where chicken is boiled with vegetables and seasoned with fish sauce and ground pepper.

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Chicken Nilaga or Nilagang Manok is one of those easy to make Filipino comfort food packed with vegetables. Serve hot and serve with fish sauce for dipping the vegetables with steamed rice.

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  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
  • 2 lbs chicken parts (I prefer chicken wings), cut into serving pieces
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 Knorr chicken cube
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4-5 cups chicken broth or water
  • 2 medium carrot, sliced
  • 2 medium potato, quartered
  • 1 - 8 oz Maggi magic sarap (optional)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, julienned 
  • 4 bunches of pechay (bok choy), cut in halves
  • 1 small cabbage or Napa cabbage, sliced
  • salt as needed
  • fish sauce for serving

  1. In a deep pan or pot, heat and add cooking oil. Saute onion and garlic until aromatic. Add chicken pieces and cook for about 5 minutes until slightly browned. Season with ground pepper, chicken cube and fish sauce. Stir and cook for few minutes. 
  2. Pour-in broth or water and bring into a quick boil. Skim off the scum and fats that floats. Cover pan and continue to cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. 
  3. Add carrots and potatoes. Allow them to cook for 5 minutes or until fully cooked. Add bell peppers, pechay and cabbage. Continue to cook for few minutes or until vegetables are cooked. Serve while hot with fish sauce for dipping the vegetables. Enjoy!

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