Stewed chicken and potatoes in fish sauce is hearty, delicious, and the perfect pair for piping hot steamed rice. It’s easy to make, full of flavor, and budget-friendly, too. A sure dinner winner!

Ok, guys, here’s the rundown of Lalaine’s stewed chicken and potatoes in fish sauce. I was in the mood for a good bowl of tinola for lunch today and set out early in the morning to make it happen. I was happily sauteing the chicken in the customary onions, ginger, and garlic, eager for the delicious soup to come, when I opened my fridge to prep the papaya and found none!

Even the fresh bunch of spinach I was sure I bought along with the missing papaya was gone. I checked my receipt from Seafood City, and the two items were indeed on the list. When I asked G, he said he doesn’t remember seeing them when he unloaded the groceries.

I did pay for them but most probably forgot the bag they were in at the cashier from the look of things. Drat.

To say I was peeved with myself would have been an understatement. Not only did I have a raging craving needing to be appeased, but I also had about three pounds of chicken pieces already bubbling in fish sauce on the stove.

I added just enough water to the pot to allow the chicken to cook through instead of the quart if I was making the soup. I then pan-fried a couple of potatoes and dumped them in when the chicken pieces were tender.

When the sauce was mostly reduced, I added about half a teaspoonful of brown sugar to balance off the saltiness of the fish sauce.

Oh, my sweet heavens! The stew was so hearty and delicious with a steaming heap (alright, two) of rice, that good old bowl of tinolang manok was all forgotten.

Cooking Tips

I use bone-in chicken in the recipe, but feel free to swap boneless chicken thigh or breast to cut cooking time.
Pan-fry the potatoes until lightly browned and halfway cooked to keep from falling apart in the stew.
Do not skip the sugar! It might sound like an off ingredient in a savory stew, but it does help round off the overall flavor of the dish.
For color and extra nutrition, you can add a bunch of fresh spinach or chili leaves during the last minute.

How To Serve And Store

This chicken and potato stew makes a hearty and tasty lunch or dinner meal paired with steamed rice.
To store leftovers, let cool completely and transfer in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To reheat, place in a saucepot and heat to an internal temperature of 165 F. Alternatively, warm in the microwave at 2 to 3-minute intervals until heated through.


In a wide pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add potatoes and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned and almost tender. Using a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
Remove excess oil except about 1 tablespoon. Add onions, ginger, and garlic and cook until limp softened.
Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 to 7 minutes or until chicken starts to change color and juices run clear.
Add fish sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
Add water and bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top.
Lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Add potatoes and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.
Add sugar and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Continue to cook until liquid is reduced. Serve hot.


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