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Chicken Afritada

Two days after posting my Foodbuzz 24x24's Salo-salong Kamayan sa Tag-araw which included 3 additional recipe posts, I'm ready to share another Filipino recipe with you...

Chicken Afritada is a tomato based dish that Filipinos really love. This is another one of those dishes that we've adapted from Spanish Cuisine. Afritada came from the Spanish word "Fritada" which means fried. Chicken Afritada which is basically pan-fried chicken stew with tomato sauce has become a very popular dish in the Philippines with many regional variations. But chicken, potatoes and tomato sauce or fresh tomatoes are always the basic ingredients. I personally prefer using tomato sauce instead of fresh tomatoes, only because it's easier and quicker that way. :)

This version of Chicken Afritada that I'm going to share with you is the one I grew up eating. This is how my Nanay used to cook it, and for me, there's no better way than this. I've loved it since I was a child...and my daughters love it it must be good! (^.^)

  • 2 lb chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup pineapple juice or juice from 1 lemon
  • 9 cloves garlic, minced (3 cloves for marinade and 6 cloves for sautéing)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3-4 medium-sized carrots, cubed
  • 3 potatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup green peas
  • ½ red or green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water (if you want it with more sauce)
  • salt and pepper

1. Marinate the chicken in soy sauce, pineapple juice or lemon juice and garlic for at least 1 hour. Drain the chicken. Save the marinade.
2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté garlic in oil until light brown. Add onions and sauté until almost translucent. 

3. Add the chicken. Saute until it turns light brown. Add the marinade and tomato sauce. Cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until chicken is almost cooked. Season with salt and pepper. 

4. Add the potatoes and bell peppers. Cover, lower heat to medium low and let simmer until vegetables are cooked. Add green peas and carrots during the last 10 minutes of cooking. From time to time, check to avoid drying and add water if necessary to attain the desired consistency of the sauce. 


5. Remove from heat. Serve hot with steamed rice.


  1. Lovely afritada. We usually cook fish afritada but your recipe really sounds so good. Your dish really looks like a proper Tagalog de sarsa, Tina.

  2. Looks delicious, love that it has veggies too along with chicken.

  3. Hmm! Yum! I start to realize I am very new to Filipino food as the name of the dish is not familiar to me. I'm learning a lot from you Tina! Keep them coming and soon I'll be pretty expert in Filipino dish! ;-)

  4. I like that pineapple juice inside, would have increased the flavors into this chicken dish.

    Maybe a bit of chilly flakes for our taste at home, you know we can really enjoy spicy food.

  5. Oh I love this recipe, maybe I should try it even tomorrow :)

  6. Gorgeous Afritada! I don't know alot about Filipino food but I have heard of this dish before and yours looks incredible. I love the pops of color and I bet that chicken just melts in your mouth

  7. Tina-you always have the most delicious and unique recipes that I truly admire, and love.
    Your chicken aftida looks so colorful, flavorful and absolutely divine!
    BTW-I finally copied and pasted the Mark Bittman pancake recipe...having all these issues with Google, just have to find solutions to eliminate thes gliches!

  8. I just love all of those vegetables in a recipe! :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  9. Pinay - this looks delicious. I haven't been exposed to Filipino food before, but I'm tempted to try this out since it looks so good.

  10. I notice the background on your ingredients shot looks like it was taken outside. Do u cook outside? anywho great photos...and like always...YUMMY!

  11. @Rachel: Sometimes I do cook outside especially when I'm cooking fish or something with bagoong so the house won't smell. LOL

  12. You are right! When the recipe had been passed on to you, and to the next generation (I'm sure you'll pass it on to your daughter), it must be a great recipe! Thank you for sharing Tina!! :)

  13. Anything that contains that much garlic has to be real gooooood! :) YUMMO!

  14. This is looks so yummy Tina! I've already bookmarked this under my next-dish-to-cook list! :D
    I'm sure my family will like this dish especially Messy coz she loves potato and food with tomato sauce!
    Cathy says this is nice too! ^.^

  15. Hi there!

    Just discovered your blog and I would like to let you know how much I love how simple your recipe's are. Made the kaldereta few days ago and it was a big hit. Did not change anything on the recipe and the result was perfect. I'm so excited and I can't wait to try your other recipes.

    Love, love, love!!!