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Chicken Kare-Kare in a white serving dish
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4.65 from 14 votes

Chicken Kare-Kare

Chicken Kare-Kare with juicy chicken, tender vegetables, and a flavorful peanut sauce, it's hearty, tasty, and perfect with steamed rice
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 545kcal


  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 pounds chicken, cut into serving parts
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon annatto powder
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 large eggplant, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 bundle long beans, ends trimmed and cut into 3-inch lengths
  • 1 bundle pechay, ends trimmed and leaves separated
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a wide pan over medium heat, add rice flour. Cook, stirring regularly, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In a pot over medium heat, heat oil.
  • Add onions and garlic and cook until softened.
  • Add chicken and cook, stirring regularly, until lightly browned. 
  • Add fish sauce and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine water and annatto powder. Stir until well-dispersed and add to pan.
  • Bring to a boil, skimming scum that may float on top. Lower heat, cover, and simmer until chicken is tender.
  • Add eggplant and long beans and cook until tender yet crisp.
  • Add peanut butter and stir until well blended. 
  • In a bowl, combine rice flour and one cup of broth from the pot. Stir until very smooth and without lumps.
  • Slowly add to the pot, whisking to prevent lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue to simmer until sauce is slightly thickened. 
  • Add pechay and cook for another 2 to 3  minutes or until tender yet crisp.
  • Serve hot with sauteed shrimp paste on the side.



If using annatto seeds, soak in water for a few minutes until it bleeds into the liquid.


Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 887mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2.3mg