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Binakol - Chicken soup with coconut.
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Binakol Recipe

Try this Binakol recipe - a comforting and hearty Visayan chicken soup made delicious with coconut water and fresh shredded young coconut.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: chayote, chicken, chili leaves, coconut, ginger, lemongrass
Servings: 6
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled & minced
  • 1 medium white onion peeled & chopped
  • 3 thumbs ginger peeled & sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 pounds chicken various parts cut into serving size
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 whole stalks lemongrass
  • 1 whole fresh coconut water reserved, and meat shredded into strips or chunks
  • 1 medium green papaya or chayote peeled and cubed
  • 2 pcs green chilis
  • 2 cups chili leaves


  • Remove rooted part of the lemongrass. Crush the white part with the back of a knife then fold and bundle the leaves around the stalks. Set aside.
    2 whole stalks lemongrass
  • In a pot over medium-low heat, saute ginger, onion, and garlic in oil until limp and aromatic.
    2 tablespoons cooking oil, 2 cloves garlic, 1 medium white onion, 3 thumbs ginger
  • Add in the chicken pieces and stir to coat with oil. Then add the fish sauce. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Juices and some fat will usually come out from the chicken.
    2 pounds chicken, 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Add water and lemongrass. Bring to a boil. Skim off the scum from the broth using a spoon or skimmer.
    2 cups water, 2 whole stalks lemongrass
  • Add coconut water and bring again to a boil. Once it boils, lower heat and cover the pot. Let it simmer for 25-30 minutes.
    1 whole fresh coconut
  • Add the chayote or green papaya, green chilis, and coconut meat and season with ground pepper and more fish sauce or salt if needed. Let it cook for 5 minutes
    1 medium green papaya or chayote, 2 pcs green chilis, 1 whole fresh coconut
  • Lastly, mix in the chili leaves and simmer for another minute. Turn off heat and serve.
    2 cups chili leaves



Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 783mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1094IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg