Afritada Chicken Recipe
Chicken Afritada, also known as Apritadang Manok, is another classic tomato sauce-based dish adapted from Spanish cuisine. The origin of this delicious Filipino dish dates back during the colonial era (1521-1898) of Spain in the Philippines. In fact, Afritada was derived from the Spanish word "fritada" which means "fried". One of the methods of cooking that was introduced by the Spaniards to Filipinos is pan-frying, in which a minimal use of cooking oil is used just to lubricate the pan for frying.
In cooking Chicken Afritada, therefore, is to first pan fry the chicken and other vegetables before stewing it in tomato sauce. The common vegetable ingredients used in this dish are potato, carrot, and bell pepper. Additional list of ingredients includes adding green peas to add more sweetness to the dish, long chili pepper to add more spices, ketchup as substitute for tomato sauce, evaporated milk, and pineapple. You can use pork instead of chicken for Pork Afritada version.
In the long tradition of Philippine cuisine, there are popular tomato sauce-based dishes that are often served on "fiestas", and other festive celebrations. Among of these dishes are: Afritada, which originally, uses chicken as its meat ingredient; Menudo which uses pork as its original meat ingredient; authentic Mechado uses beef as its meat ingredient and original Caldereta uses goat.
Chicken Afritada Ingredients
- 2 lbs chicken (thighs and legs); cut in serving pieces
- 4 cloves garlic; minced
- 1 small onion; diced
- 2 bell peppers (red, green, or combination), sliced
- 1 potato; quartered
- 1 carrot; cut in chunks
- 1/4 cup green peas (optional)
- 1 can tomato sauce
- Fish sauce
- Salt and pepper
- Cooking oil
Chicken Afritada Cooking Preparation
- Pan fry chicken until color turns right brown. Set aside.
- Pan fry potato and carrot in 3 minutes. Set aside.
- Saute garlic and onion. Add chicken and season with fish sauce to taste.
- Allow little time for seasoning to be absorbed.
- Add tomato sauce and simmer until chicken is tender.
- Add the carrot, potato, and bell pepper. Stew and balance seasoning with salt and pepper according to taste.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
- If the dish sauce is too thick, you can simply balance it by adding water or chicken broth.