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Chicken Afritada
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4.92 from 12 votes

Chicken Afritada

Afritada is a Filipino favorite with tender chicken cooked in a rich savory tomato-based sauce. Cooked low and slow until the oil separates from the sauce and the meat becomes fork-tender. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: afritada, apritadang manok, chicken afritada
Servings: 4
Calories: 516kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 big carrot - cubed
  • 1 big potato - cubed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 medium red/green bell pepper
  • 1 ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 2 pounds chicken - drumstick or wings
  • salt
  • ¼ cup potted meat (optional)
  • ¼ cup Kraft cheese (grated processed cheese) or Velveeta (optional)


  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Fry carrots and potatoes until edges are lightly browned. Set aside.
  • Sear chicken for 2-3 minutes each side. Remove from oil and set aside.
  • In the same skillet with oil. Saute garlic and onion until aromatic and limp.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce and 1 cup water. Turn heat to low and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes until the tomato sauce loses some of its sourness.
  • Add the chicken and ¼ - ½ cup water or as needed. Season with salt. Cover and simmer for another 30-40 minutes or until the chicken are cooked through and the sauce is reduced with the oil floating on the surface.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots and bell pepper, butter, potted meat and grated cheese. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and serve with hot rice.



Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 623mg | Potassium: 860mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4025IU | Vitamin C: 45.7mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2.3mg