Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada is simmered until perfectly tender in a fresh tomato-based sauce with potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers. This classic Filipino stew is easy to make and budget-friendly yet hearty and flavorful. Perfect for family dinners and special occasions!

afritadang manok with pinya in a serving dish
Chicken Afritada
Table Of Contents

  • Ingredient notes
  • Helpful tips
  • How to store and serve
  • Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada is a classic Filipino stew made of beef, pork, chicken, or fish braised in tomato sauce with potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers. It is a flavorful and hearty dish that’s commonly served for everyday family meals and special occasions.

chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, and potatoes

Ingredient notes

  • Chicken– Bone-in chicken works best in this recipe as it brings a deeper flavor. If you prefer boneless, choose thigh fillets as the breast can turn dry and chewy in the slow cooking process.
  • Roma Tomatoes– use ripe tomatoes as they’re sweeter and juicier
  • Vegetables– potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and sweet peas extend servings and add color and texture.
  • Fish sauce– adds umami flavor
sliced bell peppers and cubed carrots on a cutting board

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While I use canned tomato sauce for pork afritada, I prefer fresh tomatoes for my chicken version. It may entail a little more effort than opening a can, but it does bring a certain freshness and depth of flavor that’s worth the extra work.

To make the afritadang manok ultra-special for a party, I like to add juicy pineapples, which bring a fruity sweetness that complements the savory flavors of the dish. Filipino-style hot dogs, ham, or Vienna sausages are a fun and tasty addition to easily extend servings.

browned chicken and softened fresh tomatoes in a pan

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Helpful Tips

  • Cut the potatoes and carrots into uniform size to ensure even cooking. Pan-fry them before adding to the stew to help them keep shape and from falling apart.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, add about a tablespoon of tomato paste.
Chicken Afritada in a white serving platter

How to store and serve

  • Chicken Afritada is delicious as a main dish for lunch or dinner with steamed rice. It’s also great for parties or special gatherings and is sure crowd pleaser!
  • Store leftovers in a airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days or freeze for up to 2 months.
  • To reheat, place in a saucepan and heat over medium heat to an internal temperature of 165 F.

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