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Filipino Chicken Curry Recipe

Updated on March 30, 2018
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This chicken Adobo is a very popular dish among Filipinos. Nearly every household in the Philippines are cooking adobo for their meals.

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Filipino Chicken Curry using Chicken Drumsticks

Filipino chicken curry is a dish that is common to all Filipino people. In my country(Philippines), food is always a celebration when the family gathers for meals. We make sure that every guest who comes to visit us in our home are offered food, tea, coffee or any cold drinks.

In my village, when we visit our neighbours, we don't make any appointments. We just turn up, and you will be guaranteed an offer of tea, coffee, water or cold drinks or chicken curry or any food that is available.

Curry originated from other Asian countries like Thailand, India, Malaysia, China, and came to the Philippines and now it is all over the world like in the U.S. and England. I think it is becoming a worldwide cuisine. It is very popular here in England. There are so many Indian and Indonesian take away restaurants.

In my cooking as you can see in the photos, I actually use drumsticks or chicken legs because I like them but you can use a whole chicken especially if you are cooking for more than two people. It is more economical to use a whole chicken if you are cooking for the family or for guests.

Photos of cooking chicken curry

Chicken curry with rice and green beans
Chicken curry with rice and green beans | Source
Now the curry is ready to be dished out and enjoyed
Now the curry is ready to be dished out and enjoyed | Source
Chicken is left to simmer after the rest of ingredients were added.
Chicken is left to simmer after the rest of ingredients were added. | Source
Adding the water, just enough to cover the chicken
Adding the water, just enough to cover the chicken | Source
Adding the curry powder and spicy sauce mixture
Adding the curry powder and spicy sauce mixture | Source
Adding the carrots and potatoes
Adding the carrots and potatoes | Source
Adding the chicken to the browned onions and garlic
Adding the chicken to the browned onions and garlic | Source
Ingredients of Filipino chicken curry
Ingredients of Filipino chicken curry | Source

Filipino Chicken Curry Cooking Time(Guidance Only)

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: serves 8 people

Filipino Curry Ingredients

  • 1 kg or 2.2lbs chicken, cut into pieces as you like
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil, can use veg or olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 piece or 2 oz. onion, sliced
  • 1 3/4 oz. any spicy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup or 12 fl. oz. water
  • 2 medium pcs. or 3 1/2 oz. capsicum or bell pepper, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup or 7 oz. carrots, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 cup or 7 oz. potatoes, cubed and fried
  • 1 cup or 8 fl. oz. coconut milk, thick

How to cook chicken curry

  1. First of all, sauté garlic and onions.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and cook for further 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in Spicy Sauce Mixture, stir and bring to boil.
  4. Add carrots and potatoes. Simmer until vegetables are cooked.
  5. Add capsicum or bell pepper, coconut milk, and curry powder. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
  6. Serve hot with plain boiled rice or stir fried rice or naan bread

Filipino chicken curry

The chicken can be substituted with beef or lamb . You can also cook separate mix vegetables to accompany this dish. Some prefer to eat it with nan bread instead of rice. I like it with rice. If you want your curry really spicy then add more curry powder or fresh chillies. I prefer mild curries. My husband prefers hot curries. We all have our preferences.

Please note on my photos, I used chicken legs instead of a whole chicken because I am only cooking for two at the time then I thought I have no photos for my chicken curry hub so I took photos while cooking our supper.

Chicken curry Sauce

With this recipe, you can buy ready made curry sauce which are really authentic and very good. Also if you want it to be very hot and spicy, you can add a lot of chilli sauce or fresh chillies to add more spice to it and a bit of a kick to the recipe.

Filipino Style Chicken Curry

There are many ways of cooking Filipino Style Chicken Curry. In the Philippines, we cook curry so many ways that every recipe is accepted and tried. It depends really where you live in the Philippines, because every province has their own ways of cooking curry and have varying ingredients. Some prefer it spicier or hotter than others. Others prefer mild curries.

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    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, Peachpurple for your lovely comment. I also have a Malaysian friend at work and we have the same things in common like food and we get on so well. We are both Asians you see. I think you also have same food and cook same way as us.

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      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      your country chicken curry is the same as Malay curry, same cooking style and ingredients, yummy


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