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Chicken Afritada Recipe

This chicken Afritada recipe calls for simple ingredients and is ready before you know it. You can even leave it alone while it simmers and go do whatever else needs to happen around the house.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: chicken afritada, chicken afritada recipe, how to cook chicken afritada
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 36 oz chicken drumsticks about 8 medium
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 oz red onions diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 10 oz potatoes cut into chunks
  • 6 oz carrots cut into chunks
  • 4 oz green peas fresh or frozen
  • 2 oz red bell peppers diced
  • 1/4 cup homemade tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped


  • Rub 1/2 tsp paprika evenly onto 36 oz worth of chicken drumsticks.
    step 1: Rub the drumsticks with paprika
  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Dip the tip of your chopsticks into the oil to check the temperature; if the oil sizzles, it’s ready for you to add the drumsticks to sear for about 5 minutes. Flip and sear the other side for another 5 minutes.
    step 2: Sear the drumsticks and set aside
  • Place the chicken in a bowl and set aside. Add to the skillet 2 oz diced onions and 1 tbsp minced garlic and stir quickly for about 30 seconds.
    step 3: Sauté the aromatics
  • Add 10 oz potatoes, 6 oz carrots, 4 oz green peas, and 2 oz bell peppers and sauté with the aromatics for 3 minutes.
    step 4: Sauté the vegetables
  • Add 1/4 cup tomato sauce, 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt. Stir everything well to incorporate.
    step 5: Stir in the seasonings
  • Add the seared chicken back into the skillet. Carefully pour in 2 cups unsalted chicken broth. Add a bay leaf. Move the pieces around so all of the drumsticks touch the bottom. Turn the heat to high, and when everything comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 35 minutes.
    step 6: Add the chicken back in with the broth and simmer
  • Sprinkle 2 tbsp chopped cilantro on top and serve.
    step 7: Serve


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 1008mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 8600IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg