One-Skillet Chicken Afritada

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This easy-prep chicken dinner is healthy and full of flavor.

If you have yet to experience the flavorful, family-friendly appeal of Filipino cuisine, you’re sure to become familiar with it soon. Filipino restaurants are popping up in cities across the U.S., and with good reason. The use of simple cooking techniques and the blending of popular, taste bud-friendly ingredients makes Filipino food an instant hit with first-time diners.

Chicken Afritada is a popular Filipino dish often prepared in Filipino households, usually for a large group of family members. If you’re looking for ways to deviate from your usual chicken dinner recipes, this bold and healthy chicken dish may be a great starting place. Slowly cooking chicken with flavorful veggies including tomatoes, peas, carrots, onions, and garlic, ensures that every bite is full of savory goodness. And from a health perspective, you can’t go wrong with the lean protein in chicken, mixed with a variety of healthy veggies. Antioxidant-rich tomatoes, fiber-filled peas, and carrots brimming with vitamins and minerals are all perfect ways to add flavor and nutrients to your dinner.

And because this dish is easy to prepare in large quantities, it’s a great idea for family dinners. You can even make a large batch of it and freeze the leftovers for another day. Its simple cooking technique and inexpensive ingredient list may make this a dinnertime staple in your home. Serve it on a bed of rice for a complete meal.

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One-Skillet Chicken Afritada

This family-friendly meal is a favorite from the Philippines and is full of nutritious ingredients that are scrumptious and filling.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 piece of chicken and sauce
Course Dinner
Cuisine Philippines


  • 1 pound chicken breasts or chicken thighs (divide into 4 portions for serving), skin on and remove the skin just prior to serving if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 onion medium, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 14 ounces tomato sauce container, plain or tomato puree
  • 4 bay leaves torn
  • 2 carrots medium, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 1/2 cups green peas fresh or frozen


  • Rub the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Over medium-high heat, brown both sides of the chicken in a saucepan with olive oil then transfer them to a plate and set aside.
  • Put down the heat to medium. In the same saucepan, sautè the garlic and onions until they are cooked through. Put back the chicken in the saucepan.
  • Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce and bay leaves then cook for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, add the carrots and potatoes.
  • After 10 minutes, add the bell pepper and peas then season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for another 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Serve warm with warm steamed white rice.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1piece of chicken and sauce | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo

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Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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  1. Do the carrots and potatoes really get done in that short time? I cut them in small, uniform pieces and they still take a good amount of time for them to get soft enough.

    1. Yes, the carrots and potatoes become soft during the 20-25 minutes of cooking time. They should be finely diced, and the boiling liquid from the broth helps to speed up cooking time.

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