Chicken Afritada Recipe

Do you like dishes cooked in tomato-based sauce? If you will be throwing the question back to me, I’ll definitely say YES. I adore stews in tomato sauce, pasta, and and other similar dishes.

Chicken Afritada

My most favorite Filipino food, pork menudo(this was my very first recipe post, by the way), is also cooked in tomato sauce.I asked the question because I observed that there are plenty of delectable Filipino foods cooked in tomato or tomato-based sauces. Take the Beef Mechado, Chicken Asado, Beef Kaldereta, Lengua Estofada, and even the Beef Pochero as few of the examples. I enjoy eating all these dishes and I never get tired of the taste because each of them has a unique flavor that differentiates one from the other.

Here we are with another delicious tomato-based chicken dish that will surely capture your attention: Chicken Afritada. This might be an everyday dish served in Filipino households; however, having the complete ingredients and putting some love in your cooking will definitely turn this ordinary dish into something extra-ordinary.

It is given that we all have different ways in cooking certain dishes. There might be differences in ingredients and methods but we still refer to the same dish. I am curious; I love know how Chicken Afritada is done in the different regions of the Philippines. How do you do this in your hometown?

Thank you in advance for your response.

Chicken Afritada Recipe
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Serves: 6
  • 2 lbs chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 large potato, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 large bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 pieces hotdogs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1. Pour-in cooking oil in a cooking pot or casserole then apply heat.
  2. Pan-fry the chicken until the color turns light brown (about 3 minutes per side).
  3. Remove the chicken from the cooking pot.
  4. On the same cooking pot, sauté garlic and onions.
  5. Put-in the sliced hotdogs and pan-fried chicken then cook for a minute.
  6. Pour-in tomato sauce and chicken stock then add bay leaves. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Add the potato and carrots then simmer for 7 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  8. Put-in the bell pepper, green peas, salt, sugar, and ground black pepper then cook for 3 minutes more.
  9. Turn-off heat then transfer to a serving plate.
  10. Serve with steamed rice. Share and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6


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  1. Turned out absolutely perfect!!

  2. Jen Pagobayan says:

    hello Sir!
    can I add coconut milk/gata on this kind of recipe? please help. Thankyou & more power!

  3. Maric says:

    Hi Vanj! Im just wondering, can I use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce for this? Thanks!

  4. Danny says:

    please can you send me the estimated ingredients preparation for 30 persons of Afritada’s.

    I Appreciate your kind & help.. thank you & god bless.

  5. Mayang says:

    thanks for the recipe! i’m cooking it now and it’s perfect! more power and more recipes coming! Big Big thanks!

  6. theodie says:

    thanks for the tips.i really don’t know how to cook but with you around i’m really blessed…thanks..really i’ am…. i have learned a lot.May i ask something can i replace the tomato sauce with oyster sauce.please clear up my mind…?I”ve try this chicken afritada once and my husband just love it…he just ask me if i could try to cook it with oyster sauce…cause he love to eat dishes most especially with oyster sauce…..please help….i ‘ll gladly appreciate your help…thanks!!!!!!

  7. Cool recipe. We did one last night without the dogs (My wife doesn’t let me eat them anymore).

  8. just made this for dinner and it was delish!
    I added patis (fish sauce) and it was perfect.

    Thanks for the recipe =)

  9. Merry Ak says:

    Done. Very tasty;-) thanks a lot

  10. OK, I was born in the Philippines, but was raised here in the U.S. Since I became a mother and married to my soulmate, I finally started to really try to cook. Tonight is the first time I’m cooking chicken afritada and it’s still simmering as we speak! I can’t wait to taste it. Thank you for your videos, as it helps very much. I am so proud to be a Filipina!

  11. annie says:

    Also try squeezing juice of half a lemon to the chicken stock. You’ll love the taste! :)

  12. tuti.fruityy says:

    thumbs up! You are the best!

  13. Well I’ve tried making Pork Afirtada, Beef Mechado, and both has had good results, haven’t tried to make chicken afritada yet. But I will one of these days. All these tomato based dishes are quite unique take this one for example out of the other tomato based dishes that uses hot dogs except pinoy style spaghetti. Some people take cooking as a daily chore but you know what maybe for most of us who have had people cook meals for us all our lives, I admit I’m one. But then when you are the one finally cooking these meals that you have been eating most of your life it is quite different. I mean it is quite fullfilling also it gives to yourself a sense of accomplishment each day especially when you love what you do and then you put your heart in that dish you are making the result is when people tell you how delicious your dish is. I think it can say a lot about a person who cooks.

  14. hallo! had just made this and it was really good! thanks for sharing!

  15. john guadalupe says:

    thanks for sharing i’ll try it at home during my day-off…

  16. My menudo, afritada and kaldereta seem to have the same sort of ingredients… all tomato sauce base, all with potato and carrots and peppers.. my menudo is the only dish i would put sausages in.amazing though how the taste come out different.. i suppose it’s the flavours of the meat that makes the difference.. anyhow.. i looove tomato sauce based dishes too… thanks for this recipe ;-)oh. i also add some raisins to my dishes, to sweeten them up a bit 😉

  17. Jeminice says:

    Nice! I’ve been waiting for this kuya. Thank you for sharing! I will definetely try to make this! More power to you ^_^

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