Chicken Afritada Recipe (Without Tomato Sauce)

Monday, October 09, 2017

Chicken Afritada is one of the staple dishes in the Philippines. Paired with rice, the dish is commonly cooked and served at home. With simple ingredients such as potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, bell pepper, and chicken, anyone can make this dish easily in one pot or pan.

chicken afritada
There are different ways to prepare and cook Chicken Afritada. Most of the time you’ll see Chicken Afritada recipes cooked with tomato sauce, but I prefer to use fresh tomatoes instead. Fresh tomatoes make the dish lighter, healthier, and it’s less sour, too.

Here’s how to cook no tomato sauce Chicken Afritada

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Serves 3 to 4 persons


-    ¾ kg chicken (tinola or adobo cut)
-    2 large cloves garlic, chopped
-    1 medium onion, chopped
-    1 medium carrot, sliced
-    2 medium potatoes, quartered
-    1 medium bell pepper (red or green), sliced
-    8 to 10 medium tomatoes, sliced
-    2 tbsp canola oil
-    2 tbsp fish sauce
-    1 and ¼ cup water
-    freshly ground pepper to taste
-    1 dozen quail eggs, boiled and peeled (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

1.  Heat canola oil in a pot or pan. On high heat, start frying the carrots 30 seconds on each side. Set aside.

2.  Fry the potatoes 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side until it becomes half-cooked. Set aside.

3.  Fry the sliced bell peppers 45 seconds on each side and set aside.

4.  Turn the heat down to a medium and start frying the chicken, about 4 minutes on each side until it turns a bit brown. Cover the pan when frying. Set aside.

5.  On the same pan, add garlic and onion. When the onion becomes translucent, add the sliced tomatoes and ¼ cup of water. Cover the pan and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

6.  Once the tomatoes become soft, mash the tomatoes with a spoon or ladle. The skin of the tomatoes should separate from the flesh. Add fish sauce and 1 cup of water. Simmer for another 3 minutes until you get all the juices from the tomatoes.

7.  Once you get the liquid consistency, place back the chicken in the pot and simmer for about 30 minutes over medium heat. Cover the pan. When the chicken becomes tender, add freshly ground pepper, potatoes and carrots and simmer for another 10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked.

8.  Add the bell pepper and simmer for about two minutes. Turn off the heat and add boiled quail eggs. Serve with hot rice and fish sauce as a dip.

Vegetables for Chicken Afritada: garlic, carrots, onion, bell pepper, potatoes, tomatoes

Frying carrots for no tomato sauce Chicken Afritada recipe

Lightly fried chicken for Afritada

Chicken Afritada: Simmering chicken in tomatoes
Chicken Afritada with quail eggs


1.  If you don’t have canola oil, you can use regular cooking oil or vegetable oil. Olive oil is not commonly used in Filipino home cooking.

2.  Remove excess chicken skin if you don’t want your Chicken Afritada to be oily.

3.  Fry the chicken in batches so they can be cooked easily. If there’s still blood in the chicken, prolong the frying time for about 6 minutes on each side.

4.  For a much appetizing aroma, use two bell peppers. Using both red and green bell peppers add color variety to the dish.

Enjoy your Chicken Afritada and share this recipe!

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