Chicken Afritada

Lately I have been experimenting with making Paleo versions of a few Filipino dishes that I grew up eating and between random scribbles on pieces of paper and relying on my memory to remember the exact measurements of each ingredient, I’ve finally decided that I will post them so that I can keep track of the substitutions I used!

This Chicken Afritada is a classic Filipino dish that has Spanish influences and can be classified as a thick tomato based stew. The ingredients from the original recipe are almost Paleo except for the potatoes, hotdogs, msg and soy sauce that are usually added. The key to making this flavorful is simmering the tomato sauce with bay leaves until the sauce is no longer tangy and almost reduces by half.

I ran out of sweet potatoes which I was planning to use instead of white potatoes but I loaded it with enough vegetables that it didn’t fell like it was missing anything!


Chicken Afritada
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb chicken thighs, cut into 2" pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • ¼ cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or bone broth)
  • 1-15oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 pcs bay leaf
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (adjust according to taste preference)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a pot, saute chicken pieces in 1 tsp coconut oil over high heat for 1-2 minutes until lightly seared.
  2. Lower heat to medium, add garlic, onions and fish sauce. Saute until fragrant.
  3. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce and bay leaves then reduce heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for at least 45 minutes until the sauce is no longer tangy.
  5. Once the sauce has thickened, add the carrots, bell peppers and peas.
  6. Season with black pepper and add more fish sauce if desired.
  7. Cover and simmer some more until the vegetables are cooked.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!!


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