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Afritada Manok

Afritada Manok (Filipino chicken and vegetables in tomato sauce)

(Filipino chicken and vegetables in tomato sauce)

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Afridata — also known as apritada or apritadang — is an easy-to-make, homestyle dish that shows the strong influence of the Philippines' Spanish colonial history. Savory chicken and the bright flavors of fresh vegetables are bathed in a garlicky tomato sauce and served over hot rice.

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Oil -- 3 tablespoons
  • Chicken, cut into pieces -- 2 1/2 pounds
  • Onion, chopped -- 1
  • Bell peppers, chopped -- 2
  • Garlic, minced -- 2 to 3 cloves
  • Tomato sauce -- 1 cup
  • Chicken stock -- 2 cups
  • Fish sauce (patis) or soy sauce -- 2 tablespoons
  • Boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks -- 1 pound
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste

Method

  1. Heat the oil over medium-high flame in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the chicken, a few pieces at a time and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the onion and bell peppers and saute, stirring often, until cooked through but still crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute for another 1 or 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook to reduce its volume a little, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients along with the reserved chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken and potatoes are both cooked through.
  4. Adjust seasoning and serve over steamed white rice.

Afritada Variations

  • Substitute pork shoulder, cut into bite-sized chunks, for some or all of the chicken. Or add some pork liver for added flavor.
  • Use sweet potatoes for some or all of the regular potatoes. Or try adding some chopped carrots or peas.

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