Chicken afritada is a popular Filipino-Spanish inspired dish made with chicken and vegetables, and stewed in a tomato and garlic broth. Fish sauce gives this simple dish a Southeast Asian flair you will find yourself craving again and again!
Chicken Afritada Recipe
Fish sauce is one of my favorite condiments of all time. If it wasn’t for the name, I’d be convinced it’s made out of pure magic!
You know the secret ingredient you taste whenever you have Thai, Vietnamese or some other delicious Southeast Asian dish? That’s fish sauce. It can transform a dish from meh to amazing! Such as this chicken afritada recipe: on its own it’s already yummy, but add a couple of tablespoons of that gold liquid and pow!
All of a sudden you’ve created something exotic and deliciously intoxicating.
There are many recipes on how to make chicken afritada (since it’s more of a home style dish than a restaurant one) and every version couldn’t be more varied. That’s the beauty of this dish; it’s versatile and it gives you the freedom to add your own twist to it.
My own version is very basic and colorful. I wanted lots of veggies, garlic, umami and saltiness.
Since I’m not very familiar with the history of the dish, I didn’t want to mess with what is most often found in classic, old style afritada recipes.
I also tried to keep the list of ingredients as minimal as possible, to speed up the prepping and cooking process.
We all have busy lives and I can see we all prefer simple and easy recipes (my top 5 most popular recipes take less than 20 minutes to make) over time consuming ones. This is a good one to keep in your meal rotation as it’s quick, tasty and kid friendly.
You can make chicken afritada ahead of time and keep it refrigerated until before serving. Reheat it on the stove or in the microwave and serve with pasta or rice.
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Chicken Afritada Recipe
Chicken afritada is a popular Filipino-Spanish inspired dish made with chicken and vegetables, and stewed in a tomato and garlic based broth. Fish sauce gives this simple dish a Southeast Asian flair you will find yourself craving again and again!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 23 minutes
- Total Time: 33 minutes
- Yield: 4 people
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Filipino
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 medium onion (sliced into thin half moons)
- 1 pound chicken breasts of fillets
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 8 ounces can diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 large carrot (roughly chopped)
- 1 potato (peeled and chopped into bite size pieces)
- 1 small red bell bell pepper (cored, seeded and sliced into strips)
- 1 small green bell pepper (cored, seeded and sliced into strips)
- 1/2 cup green peas
- In a deep pan over medium high heat, add oil, garlic, onions and cook for 3 minutes, until onions have started to soften.
- Add chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the outer part of the chicken is cooked.
- Add chicken stock, canned tomatoes, water, sugar and 1 tablespoon fish sauce. Stir well, bring to a a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add carrots, potatoes, bell peppers and green peas and stir well. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 7 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
- Turn the heat off, add remaining fish sauce, stir and serve.
This chicken afritada will keep refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
Keywords: recipe, stew