How to Cook Ginataang Papaya: Chicken, coconut & Papaya recipe

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  June 5, 2021

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Ginataang Papaya is a great and nutritious dish that one should try out, though Papaya in its unripe form can be an ingredient to other forms of Ginataan, like this salmon in coconut milk that use more vegetables, meat, seafood, and fish, the unripe, Green Papaya can still be a standalone ingredient to make Ginataan.

However, even by itself, the Ginataang Papaya is still quite tasty, having a creamy, savory flavor coming from the coconut milk (the ginataan).

Though, you can also add other ingredients, such as shrimp paste in the recipe.

Ginataang Papaya is also nutritious as you’ll get nutrients from the unripe Papaya, giving you healthier skin as they would say.

How to Cook Ginataang Papaya

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To make Ginataang Papaya, the ingredients that are required are really quite easy to find in the market or your nearby supermarket if you will.

The ingredients that you need are the unripe papaya, garlic, cooking oil, shrimp paste (bagoong), salt and pepper for taste, and the coconut oil (ginataan).

Afterward, you’re all set to start cooking Ginataang Papaya.

Steps on Cooking Ginataang Papaya

Also read: check out this Filipino coconutty snack Binatog

Ginataang Papaya

How to Cook Ginataang Papaya

Ginataang Chicken, coconut, and Papaya recipe

Joost Nusselder
Ginataang Papaya is a great and nutritious dish that one should try out, though Papaya in its unripe form can be an ingredient to other forms of Ginataan that use more vegetables, meat, seafood, and fish, the unripe, Green Papaya can still be a standalone ingredient to make Ginataan.
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Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people
Calories 466 kcal


  • 2 lbs chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ½ bunch spinach
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp ginger julienned
  • 8 ounces green papaya wedged
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • 1 pcs long green chili (optional)
  • 4 pcs Thai chili (or siling labuyo if available), chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the cooking pot and pour-in the cooking oil.
  • Saut the garlic, onion, and ginger.
  • Add the chicken and chef until the color of the outer part turns light brown.
  • Pour-in the coconut milk while stirring and bring to a boil.
  • Sprinkle some paprika then simmer for 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the coconut milk becomes thick.
  • Add the long green chili and Thai chili then simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add the green papaya then simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Put-in the spinach, salt, and pepper then simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat then transfer the cooked chicken to a serving plate
  • Serve hot. Share and enjoy!


Calories: 466kcal
Keyword Chicken, Coconut, Ginataang, Papaya
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