When I first posted a recipe for halang-halang, the only thing I knew about the dish was that it was similar to tinola except for the addition of coconut milk. It turns out — based on readers’ comments — that halang-halang literally translates to anghang-anghang (spicy-spicy) and chilis are an essential ingredient of the dish. It turns out too that there are many, many ways of cooking halang-halang, some with chunks of chicken, some with pork, and some with very small pieces of meat. Some serve it as a soup; others, as an almost-dry stew.

Halang - Halang

So, I decided to update my halang-halang recipe.


  • 1 kilo of chicken pieces (thighs, legs, back and wings are preferred; breast meat is too dry for this dish)
    2 tbsps. of soy sauce
    2 tbsps. of vegetable cooking oil (extra virgin coconut oil will yield a more aromatic halang-halang)
    2 thumb-sized pieces of ginger
    4 cloves of garlic
    1 onion
    chili peppers (what kind and how much depends on how spicy you want the dish — I used 2 pcs. of siling labuyo>)
    2 whole
    patis (fish sauce), to taste
    1 c. of coconut cream or milk (use cream for a thicker halang-halang; use milk for a thinner soup)
    a handful of sili leaves


  1. Halang - Halang

    Cut the chicken into serving size pieces and place in a bowl. Pour in two tablespoonfuls of soy sauce and toss to coat each piece well.

    Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Crush the garlic, peel and slice the ginger and the onion.

    Halang - Halang

    Heat the cooking oil in a pot and saute the ginger and garlic until fragrant, about two minutes. Add the sliced onion and continue sauteing until the onion slices start to soften.

    Halang - Halang

    Add the chicken to the pot, pour in enough water to cover and add the chilis. Season with patis (fish sauce). Bring to the boil, cover, then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

    While the chicken cooks, peel the chayote, cut off the pith at the core and cut into wedges.

    Wash the sili leaves. No need to use soap. :wink:

    Halang - Halang

    Add the chayote wedges to the chicken. Continue simmering for another 15 to 20 minutes.

    Halang - Halang

    Pour in the coconut cream or milk. Bring to the boil then turn off the heat. Add the sili leaves, cover and leave for about three minutes to allow the sili leaves to wilt. Do not boil after adding the sili leaves or the dish will taste bitter.

    Halang - Halang

    Serve the halang-halang hot.

Cooking time (duration): 1 hour

Number of servings (yield): 3 to 4

  • Cristal

    Hi! Halang-halang in the visayan dialect is translated as anghang-anghang in pilipino. This is a delicious dish. Here, we sometimes add a little kasubha or ashuete or very little soy sauce to add a little color to the dish.

  • Gelo

    the dish is called halang halang because of the chili that is added to it. at least, in the visayas that’s how it’s done. it’s a coconutty and very spicy dish. :-)

    btw, I like the Comment Previews just below the comment field. ;-)

  • http://homecookingrocks.com Connie

    Hi Cristal and Gelo. so… halang means spicy. Thanks for the info. :)

  • leny

    hi everyone! halang-halang in bisaya is different coz we are using beef with sooo spicy soup:lol:

  • http://edwayne.wordpress.com dominic rivera

    in cebuano halang means hot or spicy..yup we use beef for our halang2x version here..

  • Marilyn Giguiere

    Hi Guys,

    I went home to Davao and has tasted Halang-Halang Dish. Yes! They used beef and was absolutely delicious and was very very spicy. I am in the process of cooking it now but don’t know the real engredients to this. Please help me make my Halang Halang Beef visayan version. It became my favorite dish now and would like to master it.



  • brenda

    i’m currently based in Cebu and the kind of “halang-halang” i’ve tasted here is basically finely chopped chicken cooked more like adobo and very spicy. they use mostly the back part of the chicken, tinadtad ng pinong-pino, other version i’ve tried medyo malaki ang hiwa ng chicken but cooked like adobo lang and no gata… i guess kanya-kanyang version lang yan.

  • cesar

    i try to cook this halang-halang at masarap siya ha! lutuin ko ito madalas sa aking kainan…

  • http://homecookingrocks.com/halang-halang/ alain

    Halang halang kamo sa akon…hahaha

    I tried cooking the halang halang but I don not know to cook it..It taste like a Spicy tinolang manok.. honestly masarap tlaga sya..Hmmm

  • anna

    hi ms connie,
    i would like to try this out, question lang po, do i need to cut the siling haba into slices o no need na? thanks po :)

  • http://homecookingrocks.com Connie

    Hindi na, Anna. :)

  • anna

    thanks ms connie, will try this out. sawa na kami sa tinola. :) thanks again!

  • jessica

    thanks 4 d info..i’l have an experiment on it..

  • ryan

    hi i never knew that it had a name, i just call this as tinola na may gata since the procedure is like cooking tinola but adding some gata to add some sweetness.

    on that note, you may also want to try cooking tinola but with tomato sauce. not sure though what i could call it, tinolang pula?!?!

  • A

    This recipe reminds me of Chicken Curry. I’ll give this a try: I have friends who enjoy spicy food but hate the “bantot” of curry (which comes from the cumin, I guess)…

    Thanks Ms. Connie! :-)

  • Gigi

    can i use hilaw na papaya instead of sayote. your cake recipes makes me busy on weekends with my 4 yr old daughter . More power to you.

    • http://www.homecookingrocks.com Connie

      Yes, it’s traditional to use green papaya except that we like the sweetness and texture of chayote in the family.

  • shoppingera

    wow! it’s a tinola with a twist! :D gonna try this, thanks for sharing.

  • joji

    advance happy birthday, atty.!
    saan po kaya makakabili ng pastry dough or filo pastry -like in the chicken a la king of french baker?
    many dept stores are now holding “sale” on homewares so we’d like to know sana when you will be posting your recommended cook/bake wares so we can avail of discounts during the sale period…i’ve read about your post on stainless cookware.what are the basic pieces/sizes?… if possible also kindly include topics about non-stick wares because there are so many brands and kinds, and we are more confused which to buy/use…
    thank you and have a joyful celebration…

    • http://www.homecookingrocks.com Connie

      Phyllo pasty is available at Santi’s.

      Can’t say when I can post the basic cookware entry. Depends when there’s a lot of time. But soon, hopefully.

  • Lee

    I’m far away from home and I miss Pinoy food terribly. This is something I would definitely cook when I come home soon. Comfort….

  • beth sanchez

    Hmmmmm……….. chicken tinola with a twist………

    masubukan nga……… i like chili leaves.been trying to grow chili…but my mom keeps killing them!!!!kainis…….

    oo nga,nakakasawa na kung minsan ang plain tinola.sometimes, connie,i put vermicelli in it para maiba.kaso,d vermicelli soaks up d soup very fast!!kaya it should be served agad.

    salamat uli,mentor connie!!!!!

  • Elle

    Hi thank you for posting this. I recently just started cooking and all I know how to cook so far is Tinola. I am going to try this recipe since it’s not too far from the way of cooking Tinola. Kind of scared to cook anything else right now b/c it might turn out gross, but my Tinola has been good so far, gets better and better each time I cook it. But we are getting tired of it. I think we’re starting to grow wings! ;)

  • flor

    the bicolanos cook this dish too, right? but they use green papaya…have you tried using kamias instead of green papaya/sayote? my lola & my bicolana officemate say it tastes sooo good but i have not tried it though…i like everything chicken & with coconut milk heheheh!

  • http://google alejandro

    hello connie. maharang means maanghang in bicol. i clicked the dish because i like anything with chili peppers. it’s harvest time for peppers hence i am getting a lot of them from gardeners. i have a bunch of them on my countertop and they are starting to rot. thanks to you, we are having a spicy and creamy chicken tinola tonight.

  • gigi

    hello miss connie! great recipe..but i couldnt get chayote and sili leaves, so i used upo and spinach instead, and it was ok.and the coconut milk i used was so watery it was like soup na.. i bet it taste better if the liquid is reduced to almost gravy consistency?
    thanks for this recipe…

    • http://www.homecookingrocks.com Connie

      Yes, the thicker the better, actually. If you’re using canned coconut milk, try to look for coconut cream next time. :)

      • marivi

        Hi Connie, can coconut cream be bought in the supermarket?

        • http://www.homecookingrocks.com Connie


  • lucy

    hi connie,

    paano if walang dayon ng sili? wala kasi me makuha dito eh…layo ko sa pinas :(

  • Kristine

    Hi! I cooked this just now and it was great.. Though I cut the ingredients to half and I substituted the Kakang Gata with the can one.. It was great..

  • Lois

    cooked this dish for dinner last night… and it was really good! i’ll never look at tinola the same way again! =D

  • peterb

    Connie!!! I tried this over the weekend! Really a hit! Thanks! :)

    • http://homecookingrocks.com Connie

      The miracles that coconut milk and chili can do, eh? :)

  • peterb

    I’m cooking this later for my in-laws. Thanks again! :)

    • Connie

      Ah, they will love you even more. :)

      • peterb

        Yup! :)
        They also mentioned that it’s my fault that they ate a lot! :p

        • Connie

          HAHAHA Bet that made you feel good! :lol:

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