Chicken Bicol Express

Chicken is substituted for pork in this spicy Bicolano dish.

You need not travel far to experience a taste of Bicol! Try this Chicken Bicol Express recipe and satisfy your adventurous taste buds! Bicol express is considered to be one of the best comfort foods for Filipinos. This hearty stew is rich, creamy, and packs in a flavorful punch with each spoonful. Bicol express typically uses pork as its main ingredient. However, this recipe uses chicken as a healthier substitute. Want to amp up the heat? Add in a few slices of siling labuyo. This is a sure fire way to spice things up!

Chicken Bicol Express

Joey De Larrazabal-Blanco
Chicken is substituted for pork in this spicy Bicolano dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 2-3


Chicken Bicol Express

  • vegetable oil
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 5 cloves Garlic chopped finely
  • 30 Grams ginger peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons bagoong alamang
  • 4-5 green finger chili (siling pangsigang) sliced on the diagonal, plus more for garnish
  • 300 Grams Chicken sliced into chunks
  • 1 250-ml can coconut milk (gata)


  • Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add a couple of swirls of oil. When oil is hot, add onions, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until onions are soft, translucent, and fragrant.
  • Add bagoong and chilies to the pan. Sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
  • Add chicken to the pan and fry until seared, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is tender and sauce is thick. Adjust seasoning, if needed, by adding a little more bagoong. Garnish with sliced chilies, if desired.

    TIP: Instead of chicken, try fish or shrimp if you want a seafood version, or vegetables if you want a vegetarian option. Don’t forget to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
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