Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada. It caught my attention the fresh chickens on the rack, when I fast by Al Maya Supermarket earlier this evening. Then I thought why not cook a chicken dish tonight, it’s a little late already and wanted a good dish. Although fresh chickens are more expensive than frozen, the extra cost is compensated by the time save to de-freeze especially when you’re already really hungry after a day of hard work.

Afritadang Manok

Fresh chickens come from the local poultry in the cooler part of UAE at Al Ain. There are several brands to choose from I bought one from Al Ain Poultry Farm

Afritadang Baboy at Manok with Kamatis at Skyflakes

Afritada is another dish prepared during especial occasions. Of course there are countless variations of this popular dish. Here is the recipe of the Chicken Afritada I prepared.


1 kilo chicken, cut into serving pieces with the bones intact
1/2 head garlic, minced
2 medium size onion, chopped
4 potatoes, quartered
2 red and green bell pepper, sliced
1 medium size carrot cut same size as potato
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup patis
3 pcs. bay leaf
salt and pepper
cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

In a bowl marinate chicken with salt and pepper for 10 to 20 minutes before cooking. In a sauce pan stir fry chicken for 3 to 5 minutes or until color turn to golden brown. Remove from pan, set aside. In same sauce pan sauté garlic, onion and chicken, stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes, Add patis and stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in 3 cups of water and tomato sauce, add in bay leaf and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Add in potatoes and carrots, simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes or until chicken and vegetables are cooked and tender. Add bell pepper, season with salt and pepper, thicken sauce with cornstarch dissolve in 1/4 cup of water, cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot.


  1. im not good in cooking, but when i tried one of your recipies,my family love it. i gain self confidence.thanx a lot for sharing your recipies! keep up the good work! and keep posting new recipies!

  2. i like the potatoes and carrots in afritada my fave of all and the sauce of course

  3. when do you put the bayleaf?

  4. Thanks for asking, I have now rectified the recipe.

  5. can i change the patis with soy sauce my husband dont like patis.

  6. I suggest just use salt instead, soy sauce will darken the dish.

  7. just wanna ask..after marinating chicken, will i still include the marinating sauce in the pan with chicken or ill just put only chicken and dont include the 1 i used in marination? tnx!

  8. i want to cook but i dnt know if ill still include the marinating sauce in the pan with the chicken.what will i do to the marinated sauce? thx!

  9. There should be no left-over marinating sauce, all that was done was the meat was marinated with salt and pepper, good luck...

  10. I love to cook and experiment. Thank you very much for having this blog. This is the best recipe site for OFWs. Since im also in UAE the ingredients are easy to find. Very convenient. Keep it coming. -aMoR-

  11. @-aMoR-,
    Thank you for the nice compliments.

  12. Your page is worth surfing for...beneficial indeed..thanks for sharing your expertise...

  13. my hubby's kind of difficult to feed as he would always compare my cooking with his mom's. i saved your site to his favorites and made it his menu :) -GBuenavista


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