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Chicken Pochero

Make Sunday lunch extra special with Chicken Pochero! Chockful of potatoes, saba bananas, chorizo, and vegetables, this classic Filipino stew is hearty, tasty and sure to be a family favorite!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 853kcal


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 saba bananas, peeled and halved
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 pounds chicken, cut into serving parts
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 chorizo de bilbao, cut into 1-inch thick pieces
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • 12 pieces green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1/2 napa cabbage, end trimmed and leaves halved
  • 1 bunch pechay, ends trimmed and leaves separated
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add bananas and fry until lightly browned. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Add potatoes and fry until lightly browned. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Remove excess oil except for about 2 tablespoons. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened.
  • Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and juices run clear.
  • Add fish sauce and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce and water and bring to a boil, skimming any scum that accumulates on top.
  • Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  • Add potatoes and cook until tender.
  • Add chorizo de bilbao, garbanzo beans, and bananas. Cook until heated through.
  • Add green beans and napa cabbage and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add pechay and cook for about 1 minute or until vegetables are tender yet crisp. Serve hot.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.



Saba bananas lend a touch of sweetness that works really with the savory notes of the dish. Choose ripe but firm bananas and briefly pan-fry to help maintain shape


Calories: 853kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 1474mg | Potassium: 1999mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 8540IU | Vitamin C: 128mg | Calcium: 348mg | Iron: 10mg