Afritada, A Famous Filipino Stew

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Chicken Afritada is a popular tomato sauce based Filipino dish adapted from the Spanish cuisine and is also known as Apritadang Manok in Tagalog.  It is said that the influence started during the colonial era of Spain in the Philippines (1521-1898).

The word Afritada was derived from "fritada", a Spanish word that means "fried".  Hence, the first step in cooking this dish is to pan fry the chicken and other ingredients before stewing it with tomato sauce.  This dish is one of the best Filipino tomato based dishes that is easy to prepare.

Below is a simple recipe:

1 kg or 2 lbs chicken (thighs and legs); chop to your preferred serving pieces.
1 potato (cut to desired chunks)
1 carrot (cut to medium chunks)
1/2 cup green peas (optional)
1 onion; diced
4 cloves garlic; minced
2 bell peppers (mix red and green and sliced to desired shape)
1 can tomato sauce (or enough to cover the dish half way)
Fish sauce
Salt and pepper
Cooking oil

Instruction:
1.  Oil pan well and pan fry the chicken until golden light brown and set aside.
2.  On the same pan (put more oil if necessary), pan fry potato and carrot pieces for about 4 minutes and set aside.
3.  Saute garlic and onion (add oil if necessary before sauteing garlic and onion).  When garlic and onion turn golden brown, add chicken and season with fish sauce to taste (be careful not to overdo) and allow seasoning to be absorbed.
4.  Add tomato sauce let it boil then simmer immediately until chicken is tender.
5.  Add the carrot, potato, and bell pepper while simmering.  Add salt and pepper according to your taste.

Serve and enjoy!

We hope you enjoy this recipe.

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