Chicken Afritada - Filipino's favorite stew!

Chicken Afritada

Whenever we're talking about food that Filipino's inherited from the Spaniards, Afritada is one of the dishes that stand out. In Philippine cuisine there are several dishes that use tomato sauce based ingredients and Afritada is definitely one of them.
Chicken Afritada in a Bowl

Chicken Afritada

There are two types of Afritada, pork and chicken, and chicken is the easier version to cook. That is why I often prepare this dish rather than the pork counterpart. I have to admit I like the pork version better, but when you have limited time to spend in the kitchen, Chicken Afritada makes the perfect candidate to satisfy my taste buds. Now the recipe! Ingredients:
  • 2 Large chicken breasts cut into 2 in. cubes
  • 5 Beef franks hotdogs cut in 1 in. diagonal pieces
  • 1-15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1-8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1 Medium sized onion sliced thinly
  • 4 Garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 2 Medium potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 Large carrot cut in 2 in. long pieces
  • 1 Red bell pepper seeded and cut in 1 in. strips
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Tsp. Ground black peppercorns
  • ½ Tsp. MSG
  • ½ Tbs. Salt
Note: You can substitute the hotdogs with chicken liver if you prefer. I have also combined chicken and pork belly before with great results. Directions: In a large pot combine chicken, garlic, onion, ground black pepper, msg, tomato sauce, (both cans) and bay leaf. Stir and bring it to a simmer. Cover pot and let it cook for 12 minutes on medium low heat. Add hotdogs, carrots, and potatoes. Stir and cover pot and let it cook for another 15 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender. Adjust taste by adding more salt & pepper if needed. Finally add the red bell peppers and cook it for another 5 minutes. Serve rice and top with chicken Afritada and patis for dipping sauce. Enjoy! Patis = Fish Sauce

Chicken Afritada Ingredients

Chicken Afritada in a Bowl

Chicken Afritada in a Bowl

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29 Responses to “Chicken Afritada”

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  4. Joyce says:

    I am a filipino wife by marraige..almost thirty years ! I cook filipino style just about every day. We have adapted so many american recipies to filipino….Afritada is one of our favorites……We use chicken….and potatoes ….but use vienna sausage and add a splash of paprika to give it a little kick. Thank you fro such a wonderful site!

  5. ktdrew28 says:

    wow! I’m glad i found this website! i always make this at home using del monte tomato sauce. salamat kaibigan! =)

  6. Malagu says:

    I remember when I was a kid seeing the hotdog and wondering why my Tita put hotdog in the chicken afritada :).

    Thanks again and good recipe. Bring back some memories :).

    Next I will try the pork afritada 🙂

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  9. cathy says:

    for the Chicken afritada,can i replace the chicken breast for chicken wings instead? If so, how many chicken wings can I use? by the way I love the “pinoy pork bbq” i made it and I can honnesly say that it is one of my favorites =) it was so DELICIOUS. Thank u for the recipe.


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  11. Jojo Colinares says:

    Hi Robert!

    Just like them, I accidentally found your website while searching for possible family trees. My father, Melvin, is from Basey, Samar. I’m in Liloan, Cebu but based in Batangas on weekdays.

    Anyways, I’m glad I’ve found this site. I cook for my family as well but not that great. I can only cook a few recipes and inconsistenly good. Thus, I can make use of this site. In fact, I’ll prepare Chicken afritada for my lunch today since most of the recipes are in. Will just substitute beef franks with ordinary hotdog.

    Thanks a lot!

  12. mommy nelia says:

    at last i found the right afritada! i alwaya cook afritada the old fashioned way.thanks to this site

  13. mariz says:

    Great i found this site,now its easy for me to cook what’s the best for my family and I’ll prepare Chicken afritada for our lunch today! it’s one of our favorites and kids love it…thanks on this site!..u help me a lot.

  14. angel says:

    yuh….i like this viand but the problem is that i dont know how to cook it……………….

  15. foodcurious says:

    i love to cook but i cant perfect my recipe if im using tomato sauce sometimes its good sometimes its not, maybe bcoz i dont taste everything that i cooked.

  16. ren says:

    hi. do you have an alternative for msg? my husband and i don’t use msg so if you have an alternative for that let me know thanks.

  17. There isn’t really a substitute for it, the only thing you can do is add more ingredient to make the flavor more noticeable.

  18. Tristan says:

    Can i substitute turkey for chicken? What are the adjustments should i take if its possible? Thanks.

  19. Hi Tristan,

    Yes, you can certainly substitute this recipe with Turkey, just keep in mind that turkey meat is a bit bland than chicken, so you need to make an adjustment towards the end. You will need to add more fish sauce if you like it and if not just add more salt or chicken cubes (bouillon) towards the end. Just make sure you do it a little at a time. Good luck on your cooking.

    Robert Colinares

  20. Sydney says:

    If I decide to use chicken livers instead of hotdogs, do i still add them the same time the hotdogs would be added? Does more cooking time need to be added?

  21. Hi Sydney,

    I never tried chicken livers with this recipe, so I am not really sure but since it’s chicken I would definitely want the livers to be thoroughly cook. With that being said I would go a head and add them the same time adding the hotdogs. I don’t think the any cooking time need to be added, juts make sure that the chicken livers will cook for at least ten minutes or so. Good luck with your cooking and let us know how it turns out.

    Robert Colinares

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  24. tata brown says:

    i’m learning to cook and it’s my first time to browse at your site and seems to like it. just curious, what is MSG? this is referred to as one of the ingredients, thank you.

  25. Hi TaTa,

    MSG stands for Monosodium Glutamate, MSG is also one of the most research seasoning and most controversial. If you would like to learn more about it you can check the article I wrote about here at this link:

    Robert Colinares

  26. Edna says:

    My son is always looking for Filipino dish and i am not a good cook, but through your website i can be a good cook from now on wards thanks a lot more power to you and your wedsite.

  27. Kristina Salazar says:

    Thank You for the recipe.

    I have been looking for a good one for a while. The picture of the ingredients really help know how much too cook.

  28. mommy says:

    Do you add patis sauce as afritada is cooking?

  29. Mommy,

    I Apologized for late response. Yes, you can add patis as you cook the Afritada.


    Robert Colinares

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