Last Tuesday, we fancied a Filipino style meal. So, I decided to cook a Filipino stew called Chicken Afritada, which is highly influenced by Spanish stew.
I learned how to cook this dish from my mom when I was in Grade 6. We love Chicken Afritada and here are the reasons why it certainly captured our attention:
- The recipe is simple – it is easy as pie.
- It is cooked in tomato sauce.
- It is colorful and visually appealing.
- It can be served either lunch or dinner.
This is my mom’s version of Chicken Afritada. While the original recipe use tomato sauce, my family and I opted for fresh tomatoes – you’ll get a healthier and tastier flavor than when just simply using canned tomato sauce. I still use 2 spoonful of tomato paste, though just to balance the flavor. Also, I cook it slowly to obtain a thick and rich sauce. I think that’s the secret to get a terrifically amazing Chicken Afritada.
To me, recipes from the family are truly the sweetest. And, if you love stew, tomatoes and chicken – this recipe is perfect for you.
- 1 kg of chicken thighs or boneless chicken breast
- 2 medium size carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 medium size potatoes, washed, peeled, and sliced
- 1 medium size onion, sliced
- 5 cloves garlic, crunched and minced
- 1 small size red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 small size green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 small can of green peas
- 2 spoonful tomato paste
- 1 Knorr chicken cube
- 2 pieces dried bay leaves
- ground Kampot black pepper, to taste
- 750 mL water
- olive oil
- Put olive oil in a cooking pot and heat it up.
- Put in garlic and onion and sauté.
- When onion gets soft (white color), put-in the chicken. Stir. Cook until lightly brown.
- Pour in the water. Cover. Boil for about 5 minutes.
- Add bay leaves, tomato paste and Knorr chicken cube. Stir. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, carrots, bell pepper, green peas and potatoes. Stir. Cover. Then it let cook for 30 minutes in a medium heat. Stir occasionally to make sure no scorched crust forms at the bottom of the pot.
- Add Kampot black pepper. Stir. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Put it in a serving dish.
- Serve, share and savor this delicious Filipino chicken stew – Afritada with hot steamed rice!