Filipino Chicken Curry – Best Home-Made Recipe to Try

My husband and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary this week. We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant in Capitol hill called the Saint for happy hour drinks and food. The next day, I made chicken curry for dinner – Filipino style of course! Filipino-style chicken curry is a modified version of “ginataang manok” or chicken cooked in coconut milk. The difference is the addition of spices (curry powder) and vegetables (potatoes and bell pepper).

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There are many variations in cooking chicken curry in the Philippines – especially since our country is made up of seven thousand islands and diversity is always a factor. This recipe came from my mom and I trust her completely when it comes to cooking, since she only cooked for a family of five for many years, and our home was always the favorite hang out of friends and family because of mom’s delicious cooking.

Filipino Chicken Curry ingridients

I made chicken curry many times for my husband and he always loved them. I love how I can share with him a part of my culture by cooking the dishes so close to my heart.

Filipino Chicken Curry – Best Home-Made Recipe to Try

Recipe by Laura MartinCourse: main courseCuisine: PhilippinesDifficulty: Medium


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Ingredients For Filipino Chicken Curry

  • About 2 lbs of chicken (legs, thighs, or both)

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp fish sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 thumb-size ginger, minced

  • 1 medium potato, washed and sliced into medium cubes

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced

  • 1 can of coconut milk

  • 1 cup of water or chicken stock

  • 2 tbsp curry powder

  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet. Saute onion, garlic and ginger.
  • Add chicken and lightly brown then add salt, pepper and fish sauce. Don’t cook through.
  • Pour 1 cup of water or chicken stock. Bring to a boil then add curry powder.
  • Let the chicken cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour in coconut milk. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add red bell pepper and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve with rice and enjoy!
Filipino Chicken Curry recipe
home made Filipino Chicken Curry


You may add carrots and celery if you prefer.

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