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Cooked Chicken Afritada with Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, Carrots, Potatoes

Chicken Afritada

  • Author: Jocelyn Wilhelm
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A simple to make one-pot meal that is tasty, delicious, and ready to serve in 35 minutes using fresh ingredients like tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, red and bell peppers, and peas.


  • 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 and cut into bite-sized)
  • 2 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Dried Bayleaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon Peppercorns
  • 10 Petite Gold and Red Potatoes (sliced in half or left whole)
  • 1 Carrot (peeled and cut 1/2" diagonally)
  • 1/2 each of Red and Green Bell Pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1/2 cup of Peas (fresh or frozen)


  1. In a skillet, over medium-high heat, add olive oil. When heated through, add and sauté garlic until lightly golden in color.  
  2. Add onions and sauté until soft and translucent for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and sauté for a minute.
  4. Add the chicken and cook until opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Optional to browning the meat slightly. 
  5. Add the fish sauce and chicken broth, while scraping the bottom of the pan lightly. The caramelization from the meat and veggies add to the flavor as well. Add bay leaf and black peppercorns. Cover, lower the heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the potatoes and carrots and cook for 5 more minutes, while keeping the dish covered in the skillet.
  7. Uncover and then add bell peppers and peas and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Serve while warm. Enjoy!


  • Meat - Chicken thighs (with bone or boneless) would work great for this recipe. Feeling adventurous, use a whole chicken cut-up so everyone can have their pick of either dark or white meat. Other than chicken, this Chicken Afritada recipe is also great to cook using pork, beef, or seafood. Do keep note that if you want something to cook in under 30 minutes, use a cut of meat that doesn't need tenderizing.
  • Tomatoes - I always make this dish using vine-ripened tomatoes either from the garden or store-bought. The flavor truly is magical when using nothing but fresh ingredients. So with that said, pick fresh ingredients like potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and peas. Disclaimer: I used frozen organic peas in this recipe to keep my cooking time at 30 minutes. 
  • Petite Gold or Red Potatoes - I love using this especially when I'm in a hurry because you don't need to peel, or dice and although the bag says that it's pre-washed, I still like to give the potatoes a quick rinse. If you prefer you can use other types of potatoes. My favorite is the Yukon Gold. Did you know that potatoes with darker-colored skin (like Yukon Gold potatoes) are healthier and better for you? Well, now you do!
  • Fish Sauce - Did you know it's Gluten-Free? Be sure to read the label to make sure there's no wheat in it. (See KEY Ingredients Note above.)
  • Any chicken broth will work for this dish, however, I prefer my own homemade chicken stock.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Philippine

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