This Healthy Chicken Afritada recipe uses all fresh ingredients and is tasty, delicious, simple to make and in 35 minutes, dinner is served! It's a one-pot meal so how's that for easy cleaning too! It's a perfect and quick weeknight meal. Ready to get started?
Chicken Afritada is a popular Philippine dish and can be made using other types of meat, like pork or seafood. It is such a versatile dish, in that you can omit the meat and in place of, use any type of vegetables for a vegetarian meal.
There are many ways in how you can make Chicken Afritada, like frying the meat, or using canned tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes and I have even added plantains to give this dish a more tropical flavor. However, I wanted to opt for a healthier version of the dish that I can also prepare in less time and have a delicious dinner ready in minutes.
The sauce really makes this dish using fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, peas, and of course onions and garlic. Optional to serve this dish with steamed rice, so you can sop up that savory sauce.
I LOVE making Chicken Afritada especially when I have fresh ripened tomatoes from the garden as the summer flavor of the tomatoes is unbeatable! However, having said that, you can make this dish all year long by using fresh, vine-ripened, bright red tomatoes from the grocery store. Hope you give this one a try!
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🥰 Why I Love This Dish
- It's quick and easy to make, healthy, and delicious!
- It's colorful! Just look at the fresh ingredients and the finished dish, doesn't that make your mouth water just a tiny bit? Hah! 🤤🤩
- It's gluten-free and can be modified to make the dish vegetarian/vegan, keto, and low-carb. See Expert Tip below.
- Can be served for lunch or dinner or bring to a Potluck dinner party.
- It tastes even better the next day!
- It's a one-pot meal! Sauté, simmer, and can be served using the same cooking pot. This is one of the reasons why I LOVE my Le Creuset Skillet.
🥘 Ingredients Needed
Gather up these ingredients to make your Chicken Afritada.
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Garlic cloves (crushed)
- 1 Medium Onion (quartered)
- 2 to 3 Medium-sized ripe Tomatoes (quartered)
- 2 pounds Chicken Breast (boneless, cut into bite-sized)
- 2 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
- 1 cup Chicken Broth
- 1 Dried Bayleaf
- ½ teaspoon Peppercorns
- 10 Petite Gold and Red Potatoes (sliced in half or left whole)
- 1 Carrot (peeled and cut ½" diagonally)
- ½ each of Red and Green Bell Pepper (cut into strips)
- ½ cup of Peas (fresh or frozen)
🧧 Key Ingredient Notes
- Fish Sauce - Can be found in the Asian aisle at your local grocery store or you can buy it online. I use a brand called Red boat - it is 100 percent pure, first press, "extra virgin" Vietnamese fish sauce. It's made from only two ingredients, the freshest black anchovy, and sea salt. It's naturally Gluten-Free. Be sure to read the label as some may contain wheat and MSG.
🔪 How to Make This Dish
- STEP 1: Sauté garlic and onions with olive oil, until lightly golden in color in hot skillet over medium heat.
- STEP 2: Add and sauté tomatoes for a minute or two.
- STEP 3: Browning the meat is optional. Add chicken and cook until opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
- STEP 4: Flavoring process. Add the fish sauce, chicken broth, bay leaf, and black peppercorns.
- STEP 5: Cook the root vegetables. Add the potatoes and carrots.
- STEP 6: Finishing touches. Add bell peppers and peas and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Serve while warm. Enjoy!
❓Frequently Asked Questions
On the recipe card below, be sure to click on 1x, 2x, or 3x accordingly to increase the amount of serving you need.
Absolutely! Afritada tastes even better the next day.
Promptly place it in the refrigerator in a sealed container within 1 to 2 hours of serving. And IF you even have any leftover store in the coldest part of the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Well-wrapped leftovers can be kept in the freezer for up to three months.
Fish Sauce! If you're not familiar with this condiment, let me tell you, it has a very pungent smell and taste. So be forewarned! It's briny, fishy, and savory so it adds a full punch to this dish. Think umami complexity! I used 2 tablespoons for this recipe. When you make this, maybe start with one tablespoon and see how much you need to personalize the flavor of this dish according to your taste.
I would recommend serving this with a side of Giardiniera for a spicier flavor or add a dash of Hot Sauce.
Any skillet or sauté pan would work great. My two favorites are Le Creuset Braiser and Le Creuset Skillet.
Steamed rice of course! Seriously, though since the dish is considered a one-pot meal, you really wouldn't need anything else. Maybe a nice crusty bread would be great too to sop up the sauce. You can even eat this like a soup.
👩🏻🍳 Dietary Expert Tips for this Recipe
Here are suggestions to modify this recipe for specific diet needs:
- Vegetarian/Vegan: Omit the use of meat and replace it with tofu, add/or increase the amount of vegetables. You can also add any of your favorite vegetables. Use vegetable broth or water instead of chicken broth and use salt instead of fish sauce.
- Gluten-free: The recipe in and of itself is gluten-free. Please read the label while fish-sauce is naturally gluten-free, some North American brands have added wheat to it.
- Keto: Chicken thighs would be a great option to also add to this recipe along with the pork. However, omit the potatoes and don't use carrots, or peas in this recipe. Note that when cooking this dish, keep the temperature of the oil at medium and do not allow the oil to reach overly high temps.
- Low Carb: If eating with rice, limit to ⅓ cup of cooked rice.
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