Paleo Tropical Island Stew (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Nut Free)

This Paleo Tropical Island Stew made of chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes is such an easy Paleo meal! Perfect for a spicy weeknight dinner.
Course Main Course
Keyword Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Tropical Island Stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Author The Strategic RD


  • ¼ tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¾ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 big red onions, thinly diced (265g)
  • 1 big red onion, cut into 4
  • 3 chicken drumsticks
  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 4 small sweet potatoes, cut into cubes (420g)
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into cubes (282g)
  • 7 twigs fresh thym (12g)
  • 12 small tomatoes, (430g)
  • ½ + ½ cup water
  • 5 medium fresh garlic cloves
  • inch fresh ginger root, skin included (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon unrefined sea salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  • Pour the coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil into a pressure cooker. Let them heat up for 1 minute over medium heat.
  • Throw in your diced onions. Toss and turn until they become slightly golden brown.
  • Throw in all your chicken and and allow it to brown for about 7 minutes on one side. Once it has changed color, flip it over and let it cook another 3 minutes.
  • Add in your sweet potatoes, carrots, thyme, salt, and pepper. Give it a quick toss.
  • Close your pressure cooker and let it cook over low heat for about 20 minutes (or 30 minutes if the chicken you used is hard.)
  • In the meantime, blend together your tomatoes, cut-into-4 onion, garlic cloves and ginger root. *See notes below
  • Open the pressure cooker and increase the heat to medium.
  • When most of the water has dried up, add in your tomato mixture. Give it a quick toss and turn off the heat.
  • Once the Island Stew has cooled down, shake the thyme to remove all its leaves and throw away the stems.
  • Serve with some English cucumber or with any salad you want.


(1)  If you don’t mind your dish tasting coconutty, feel free to use only coconut oil.
(2) Feeling lazy to use your blender because you'll have to wash it afterwards? No problem! Skip this step and go directly to the next step. However, if you choose to do so, make sure that:
  • You have some garlic paste and ginger paste (Add ½ tablespoon of each.) 
  • When you start cooking, you dice and brown 4 onions instead of 3. 
  • Instead of letting most of the water dry up, leave about ½ the amount of water. 
  • Add the diced tomatoes. 
  • Follow the rest of the recipe.