Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil & cook 15 - 20 minutes.
In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil on medium high. Add chicken & sear 4 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.
Return skillet to medium high & heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add onion & bell pepper. Saute 4 minutes or lightly browned. Add garlic & saute 15 to 30 seconds.
Reduce heat to medium low. Add 1/2 cup water, tomatoes, okra, thyme & bay leaves. Cover & simmer 10 minutes or until okra is tender. Remove from heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add chicken & potatoes to skillet. Cover & let stand 5 minutes to absorb flavors.