Nilagang Manok Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Nilagang Manok sa Patis (Chicken Vegetable Soup with Fish Sauce)

Nilagang Manok is a clear chicken soup loaded with vegetables and seasoned with patis or fish sauce. The soup is light, savory with a touch of natural sweetness from the vegetables.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword nilaga, pinatisang manok, clear chicken soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 568kcal
Author Mella


  • 1 kg /2 lbs chicken cut into pieces, bone-in, preferably skin on
  • 4 cups water add more if needed
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stalk celery sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce patis
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 medium-size potatoes quartered
  • 1 large carrot sliced
  • 1 head cabbage quartered
  • other choices of vegetables see notes
  • salt to taste


  • Place chicken, onion, peppercorns, and celery in a large pot. Cover with water and boil for 20 minutes with the lid on.
  • Pour fish sauce. Add carrots and potatoes (or similar starchy vegetables). Cook for another 10 minutes until meat and vegetables are fork-tender.
  • Add cabbage or your choice of leafy vegetables. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes with the lid on until tender. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with warm rice. Enjoy!


  • 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 vegetable options: potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, yam (gabi), broccoli, cauliflower, long beans (sitaw), saba bananas, napa cabbage, cabbage, pak choy or pechay, green beans, chayote and other green leafy vegetables.
  • If using green leafy vegetables adjust cooking time to 1 to 2 minutes. They cook fairly quickly than cabbage.


Calories: 568kcal