Filipino Tinola: Chicken, Chayote Squash, and Spinach Soup

Published on January 9, 2013, by

This recipe is straight from my Momma! Except for when she told me to start with vegetable oil… say it ain’t so! Otherwise, my peeps get it right with this hearty dish!


  • 1 ½ pound chicken
  • 3 chayote, chopped in chunks
  • 12 oz spinach
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • ¼ cup ginger, julienned
  • 1 large onion, julienned

serves: 4-6

  • 1 large onion, julienned
  • 6 cups chicken brothchayote
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • sea salt
  • fresh pepper
  • *Make sure to remove the seed and white part in the center of the chayote

  1. In large sauce pan, melt butter, saute garlic, ginger, and onions. Add chicken, salt, pepper and brown. Add chayote, broth, bring to boil then simmer until cooked. When almost done add spinach. Chayote should be translucent and tender.

Find more recipes just like this- Old World flipped in my cookbook, Paleo Traveler: Old World Recipes Flipped NeoPaleo, Find Paleo versions of Asian and Eastern European traditional recipes.



*Can also add green jalapeno for bite!

Jeanne Floresca (229 Posts)

Jeanne Floresca is the author of How To be Happy 99% of the Time: A Practical Action Plan to Make Life Easier, Fun, and Meaningful and Paleo Traveler: Old World Recipes Flipped NeoPaleo, a cookbook of traditional recipes made Paleo Diet approved. Jeanne has been in the health and fitness industry for over ten years. She is a teacher at heart and along with her entrepreneurial passions, she endeavors to create and build products and programs that support the efforts of people who choose to live a healthy, happy, and youthful lifestyle. Jeanne began her career as a dance teacher then moved into personal training, group exercise, and director positions soon after. In the last few years, Jeanne has fine-tuned her nutrition education and experience combining the Metabolic Typing Diet system, the Paleo Diet system, with her personal holistic methods and created an individualized system of eating called "Intuitive Eating". She has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM: CPT & CES) along with numerous certifications such as Pilates, TRX, and as a ShareCare Coach. View Resume

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