Chicken Afritada – Benny’s Style

Chicken Afritada is a dish made up with chicken pieces stewed in tomato sauce (Yes, I’ve been cooking a lot with Tomato sauce). If you search online you’ll find a lot of different ways to cook Afritada. Some calls for pineapples, some uses tomato paste while some use fresh tomatoes. Some recipe’s requires a specific part of the chicken, but for my version I used a whole chicken and just sliced the way I wanted to. I also used a pack of tomato sauce and fresh tomatoes.

Some  or maybe most of the recipe’s online requires chicken broth or chicken bouillon. I tried my best not to rely too much on flavoring such as bouillon’s and store bought chicken broths. I thought it would taste different but to be honest it actually came our great! The chicken was very tender and potatoes and carrots were perfectly soft. Plus the sauce tasted really fresh from the fresh tomatoes and bell pepper.

Let’s start cooking!

What you’ll need:

500 gms of chicken (skin on or off, up to you)

4 pieces large tomatoes (sliced thinly)

1 large onion

4 cloves of garlic

2 pieces Potatos (cubed)

2 pieces carrots (cubed)

1 large Bell Pepper

250 gms tomato sauce

1 cup of green peas (I used more)

2 cups hot water

1 tbsp of paprika

4 tbsp of olive oil

1-2 tbsp of brown sugar

Salt and pepper
Lets get it on!

1.) Heat your pressure cooker and add the oil.

2.) Season your chicken with salt and pepper.

3.) Brown your chicken (about 8-10 mins in high fire).

4.) Add the garlic and Onion and continue cooking for 5 minutes.

5.) Now add the paprika and tomato sauce.

6.) Add the 2 cups of hot water and cover.

7.) Pressure cook for 5 minutes (I start timing when my pressure cooker starts releasing pressure). If you’re not using a pressure cooker, add more water and cook for 15-20 mins.

8.) Add the bell pepper and tomatoes, cook until the tomatoes are soft.

9.) Add the potato and carrots.

10.) let it simmer for another 5 minutes on low, add the green peas then turn off the fire and let the residual heat cook the potato and carrots.

11.) Season it with salt and pepper, add a little bit of sugar to adjust the sourness of the tomatoes.

I didn’t really expect too much from this dish as I have prepared this a lot of times. the difference this time is that I did not use chicken broth or chicken bouillon, and it still came out as a great dish!

This recipe is good for 2-4 people. Best served with hot rice or bread. Enjoy!  Try this recipe and let me know what you think about it.


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