Chicken Afritada

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Chicken Afritada is a popular dish in the Philippines much like a chicken stew in a colorful tomato based sauce. This is comfort food at its best.

Some may think that this is more Mediterranean in flavor and you may be right! After years of Spanish colonization there has been much Spanish influence on Filipino food and language. Either way, it's pretty delicious!

Some people cook this with pork instead of chicken – the recipe is the same. Other options include adding peppers and chicken liver instead of hot dogs. I think it is safe to say that most people will pick the hot dogs over the chicken liver. 

Chicken Afritada (4-6 servings)

  • 2-3lbs chicken, cut into pieces (Leg or thigh meat)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 tsp. crushed garlic (or 3-4 cloves)
  • 4 hotdogs, sliced
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 cup of green peas
  • 8 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 1 ¼ chicken broth or water with chicken stock
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Heat the oil in a large deep pan and cook the chicken for a couple of minutes on either side. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate.
  2. In the same pan, sauté the onion, garlic and hot dogs together. Once the onions look soft and the hot dogs lightly browned, add the chicken back in..
  3. Pour in the tomato sauce, chicken stock and bay leaves. Put a lid on the pot and simmer until the chicken is tender. This is usually about 30-35 minutes. You can peel and dice the carrots and potatoes in the meantime.
  4. Once the chicken is tender, add the potatoes and carrots. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots are cooked.
  5. In the final 5 minutes, add the green peas, salt and honey.
  6. Take off the heat and enjoy with rice!
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