Chicken and malunggay soup with coconut milk Chicken and malunggay soup with coconut milk

Strips of chicken breast fillets, chilis and malunggay (Moringa oleifera) in homemade broth thickened with coconut cream. Spicy, healthy, easy. Filling enough to be served as a main dish too. That makes it the perfect dish and recipe, doesn’t it? Did I mention that it’s delicious too? Okay, make that doubly perfect.

Of course, it all starts with homemade broth.

And a huge bunch of malunggay leaves which you have to patiently strip off their stems and rinsed (see how to prepare the malunggay leaves for cooking).

After that, you can start cooking your chicken and malunggay soup.

Recipe: Chicken and malunggay soup with coconut milk


  • 2 large chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 c. of malunggay leaves
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • a thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass, finely sliced (see tips)
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, torn
  • 2 to 4 bird’s eye chilis (siling labuyo), finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps. of vegetable cooking oil
  • 4 c. of broth
  • 2 c. of coconut cream
  • patis (fish sauce) to taste


  1. Heat the cooking oil in a pot. Saute the garlic, ginger, onion, chilis and lemongrass until fragrant. Add the chicken strips and cook until no longer pink. Add the kaffir lime leaves. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes.
  2. Pour in the broth. Season with fish sauce. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the chicken is done.
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  4. Pour in the coconut cream.
  5. Add the malunggay leaves, pressing them down into the liquid. When the soup boils, count two minutes then turn off the heat. Don’t overcook the malunggay leaves unless you want them to turn bitter.
  6. Chicken and malunggay soup with coconut milk
  7. Adjust the seasonings and serve at once.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Copyright © Connie Veneracion.


      • Precy says

        I am a lover of Thai foods and kaffir lime leaves is always almost present in their cooking. Kaffir lime leaves on chicken and our own malunngay leaves sounds soooo yummy I will definitely try it but I have to hunt for kaffir first here in Toronto. Thanks for this recipe!

  1. Liz says

    OMG it’s delicious. I bought some malunggay leaves at the Farmer’s Market and was going to cook it the way my mom used to put it with fish, but I found your recipe and I love it. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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