Pesang Manok (Chicken Ginger Soup)

Pesang Manok is a Filipino-style clear soup with tender chicken pieces, potatoes, ginger, vegetables, and saba bananas. It’s fresh, light, flavorful, and healthy!

Pesang Manok Chicken Ginger Soup

This is another simple and easy Nilagang Manok recipe inspired by Pesang Isda or Fish Ginger Soup. It’s extra aromatic and has an added health benefit with the addition of ginger and green chili.

Light and Healthy Pesang Manok in 3 easy steps!

  1. First, start by boiling the chicken in a pot of water until tender. Remove the scum as it rises on top. Cover the pot with a lid to prevent water from evaporating.
  2. Add the aromatics such as ginger, onion, and green chili. Cook chicken until fork-tender. You can also add the potatoes at this point. Cut it in large chunks so it won’t get mushy. After 20 minutes, add the saba bananas if used.
  3. Finally, once the chicken is fork-tender, season with fish sauce and add your choice of leafy green vegetables. That’s it! Easy peasy!
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Pesang Manok (Chicken Ginger Soup)

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Pesang Manok is a Filipino-style clear soup with tender chicken pieces, potatoes, ginger, vegetables, and saba bananas. It's fresh, flavorful and healthy!
Servings3 servings
preparation time10 minutes
Total cooking time30 minutes


  • 500 grams /1 pound chicken (cut into pieces, bone-in)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 thumb-size ginger (sliced)
  • 1 small onion (quartered)
  • 1 tomato (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 2 potatoes (cut in chunks)
  • 2 ripe saging saba (cut into two)
  • 1 siling haba or finger chili (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 bunch bok choy or pechay
  • salt to taste


  • Bring chicken, water to a boil in a pot. Skim foam as it rises. Add ginger, onion, peppercorns, green chili, tomato, and potatoes. Reduced heat. Cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes until chicken is fork-tender.
  • Add saging na saba then season with fish sauce. Continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Season with salt if needed. Add bok choy or preferred leafy greens. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes then remove from heat. Serve with rice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • Use chicken pieces with bone-in and skin-on for a more flavorful soup.
  • The thicker the cut of the chicken, the longer the cooking time.
  • Cover pot with a lid so that the water will not evaporate while cooking.
  • Other recommended vegetable options: long beans (sitaw), napa cabbage, cabbage, pak choy or pechay, green beans, and other green leafy vegetables.
Author : Mella
Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Filipino
Keyword : Chicken Ginger soup, filipino chicken soup, nilagang manok
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