Chicken, cabbage and potato soup (a.k.a. nilagang manok) Chicken, cabbage and potato soup (a.k.a. nilagang manok)

An updated version of a recipe originally published on May 10, 2003.

Nothing can be simpler than just throwing everything in a casserole and leaving them there to cook. With the right combination of ingredients, boiled chicken and vegetables will whet everyone’s appetite come dinner time.

When using a variety of vegetables in a single dish, cut similar vegetables (like potatoes, carrots, squash, turnips, taro, chayote, etc.) in the same sizes. The vegetables that take longest to cook should be added to the pan ahead of the others. In cooking our soup, for instance, the potatoes take longest to cook. Quartered potatoes normally take 15 minutes to cook. The cabbage would need the same cooking time as the potatoes because of the size of the chunks (cut it in smaller chunks and it will need less time to cook).

If using carrots, add them ahead of the potatoes since they require a longer cooking time. If using squash, add them after the potatoes and cabbage had been simmering for 10 minutes. The temperature of the broth will drop, naturally, slowing the cooking of the potatoes. So, give an allowance of another five minutes. Of course, these are just guides. Factors like size and age of vegetables affect the length of cooking time.


  • 1 chicken, about 1.2 k., cut into serving pieces
    3 potatoes, peeled and quartered
    about 1/8 of a whole squash
    1/2 head of white cabbage
    1 whole onion, peeled
    1 whole garlic
    salt and pepper to taste
    3 pcs. of kalamansi (native lemon)
    6 tbsp. of patis (fermented fish sauce)


  1. With a sharp pointed knife, pierce the garlic in several places.

    Place the chicken pieces in a casserole. Pour in enough water to cover. Add whole onion, pierced garlic and 1 tsp. of salt. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Remove scum as it rises. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile, quarter the cabbage. Remove the skin and seeds from the squash and cut in the same size as the potatoes.

    Add the potatoes and cabbage to the chicken. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

    Squeeze juice from kalamansi and mix with patis. Serve with boiled chicken and vegetables.

Cooking time (duration): 40 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: lunch / supper


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