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! 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.

What Is Chicken Afritada?

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.


1/4 cup canola oil
2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into cubes
1/2 small red bell pepper, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch thick strips
1/2 small green bell pepper, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch thick strips
4 pounds chicken, cut into serving pieces
1 small onion, peeled and sliced thinly
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
6 large Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 cup water
1/2 cup frozen sweet peas thawed
salt and pepper to taste

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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