It’s been a week since I gave birth to my second child. I’m still in recovery but I miss cooking (so bad) and so I thought I should just pass by here a bit and post my ultimate breastfeeding soup, Chicken Tinola with raw papaya and malunggay leaves.

Filipino Chicken Ginger Soup

I am not claiming to be a lactation food expert but this recipe has definitely worked for me all throughout my breastfeeding journey with my daughter and now my son. Its ingredients are known to help increase breast milk supply–raw papaya, ginger, garlic and malunggay leaves (moringa). Of course the chicken too for its protein content.

It’s my ultimate lactation soup.

Filipino Chicken Ginger Soup

I will have to keep this short for now because the baby is calling but I do hope this makes it to your list of favorite lactation recipes.

Eat this a few days before giving birth and of course post delivery.

Remember to always eat this warm for better stimulation. Best serve with brown rice which is more nutritious than white rice.

Watch the video on how to make Chicken Tinola

Filipino Chicken Ginger Soup

Chicken Tinola for Increasing Breast Milk Supply

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It's my ultimate lactation soup. Its ingredients–raw papaya, ginger, garlic, and moringa leaves are known to help increase breast milk supply.
Servings4 -5 people
preparation time10 minutes
Total cooking time30 minutes


  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 2 inches ginger (peeled then pressed)
  • 600 grams chicken (cut into pieces, bone-in)
  • fish sauce (to taste)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 medium size raw papaya (sliced into wedges)
  • malunggay (moringa) leaves (washed and removed from stem)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  • In a pot with heated oil, saute garlic, onions, and ginger until translucent and aromatic.
  • Add chicken pieces. Stir and cook until no longer pink. Season with fish sauce. Let it simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Add water. Cover and let it simmer until chicken is fork-tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is tender, add papaya. Cook for another 10 to 12 minutes until its fork tender.  Add malunggay leaves. Simmer for 20 seconds then turn off the heat immediately. Remove lid to avoid overcooking the leaves.

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • Always eat this warm for maximum effect. 
  • Best serve with brown rice which is more nutritious than white rice. 
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Author : Mella
Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Filipino
Keyword : chicken tinola recipe
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  1. 5 stars
    You are doing amazing work! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes. I think the combination of this Lactation soup and Domperidone had the best effect. Until I started the domperidone my baby may well have fed on blood from a stone. We tried the skin-to-skin, the constant feeding, the teas, the massages, but basically my milk never came in in sufficient quantity. Just as I was about to quit, a friend suggested domperidone (So happy ❤️ I found “Make24milk” ? in Google and got Dom). I was able to stop the domperidone after a while and supply held more or less steady.