How to cook Chicken Afritada (Filipino Dish)

Chicken Afritada

Prep time: 45-60 minutes

Serves: 4-5


2 lbs chicken -sliced in small bite pieces (whatever part u prefered the most)

1 tbspn Olive oil

1/4 cup minced garlic

1/4 cup onion, sliced

1 medium tomato, sliced

1 cup tomato sauce or 1/2 tomato paste (just add more water)

2 tbsp Fish sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp ground pepper

1 cup water or chicken stock (just use 1/2 cup if you're using tomato sauce)

1/2 cup green peppers, sliced in strips

1 medium carrot, sliced or cubed if desired

Cubed potatoes - 1 1/2 inch wide by 1 inch is fine Sweet dill pickles (small) Sliced in half diagonally


Heat 2 tablespoons oil and saute garlic, onion, tomatoes. Add chicken until cooked. Add patis, sautee for a couple of minutes then add tomato sauce/paste and water. Cover and simmer for about 20-25 minutes in medium fire. Add green peppers, sweet dill pickles, carrots and fried potatoes if desired. Remove cover and simmer for another 15 minutes until sauce thickens or add water if necessary.


- If there is no canned tomato sauce/tomato paste - lots of fresh tomatoes is okay, much better and healthier.

- The longer you simmer in slow fire the better, so that all the sauce will incorporate really well with the meat and the rest of the ingredients. This also improves the color which looks more appetizing.

- When peeling potatoes, leave some skin out. The nutrient potassium is actually in the skin. Either you can fry it or you can bake(20-25mins) then broil(8-10mins) it in your toaster, much easier.

-When I cook this dish, I cooked the whole chicken parts, this way I get different types of meat in there. My husband likes the white meat, my daughter wants to eat the drumstick part, my son thighs and I get the wings or drumettes. Isn't that Perfect? :=)

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Steph 7 years ago

I'm trying to get rid of things in my fridge/pantry and noticed I have everything to make afritada except the onions (only have green onions) bell peppers, potatoes and dill pickles. Will the taste significantly change without those ingredients? I promised myself I wouldn't buy any groceries during the week.

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kitchenbiyotch 7 years ago Author

That should work also. It's just that it wouldn't have the perfect taste of what beef afritada should taste like. I'm sure it will be edible and as tasty as it is. Remember, just simmer it for longer time. That's where the secret is.

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ALB21467 7 years ago from United Arab Emirates

I love cooking, I will try your version of Afritada!

Do you have recipe for "Beef Mechado"? Thanks!

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kitchenbiyotch 7 years ago Author

Sure, I will post the recipe for Beef Mechado.


Elsie 6 years ago

Hi! Is it ok to use a different type of cooking oil?

i'm only a student and i can't afford olive oil!


jinky 6 years ago

dear can you put nice beef steak please

mhellow garcia 6 years ago

hi... ill try your afritada soon..

do you have any tips - idea on what kind of food can i cook that will last 2-3 days outside the fridge (maliban sa adobo)ive been eating adobo for like a year now........

please i really need help.. heheh

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kitchenbiyotch 6 years ago Author

@ elsie,

sure you can use any type of cooking oil.

canola/vegetable is fine.

@ jinky,

will do. thx

@mhellow garcia,

-bistek (bcoz of lemon as long as there's no too much onions)

-anything paksiw bcoz it has vinegar as long as again, there's not much tomatoes/veggies in it i.e. paksiw na fish, paksiw na lechon, binagoongan, dinuguan.

-basically, anything with vinegar.

If you're not into veggies at all, you can cook like afritada, menudo n put a little bit of vinegar in it.

The acidity in the vinegar prolongs the lifespan of the food and can be stored outside the fridge in room temperature.

pinay.bigsister 5 years ago

This recipe is a winner ! I tried this today and my whole family loved it ! I have been looking for recipes from other sites but what caught my attention was your procedure of sauteeing the chicken in patis and also mixing pickle relish in the sauce. The blend of flavors turned out wonderfully ! I have been following other sites for Filipino recipes but I have now become a fan of yours and printed out your other recipes as well - Pinoy Spaghetti, Adobo, Menudo and Caldereta. I love that you like adding pickle relish like I do. Thanks again for a great recipe !

Koka 4 years ago

How many potatoes and how many pickles?

Winnie 4 years ago

Tis recipe was awesome and simple. I googled it because I ran out of Mama Sita mix. I have all the ingredients except for the pickle relish and lemme tell ya, my d

Winnie 4 years ago

This recipe is awesome and simple. I googled it because I ran out of Mama Sita's mix. I had all the ingredients except for the pickled relish and lemme tell ya, my dish didn't miss it at all. Thanks for this recipe and I will have to come back for more of your recipe.

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