Chicken Afritada is a popular Filipino dish which is chicken stewed in tomato sauce. This simple yet hearty dish usually served with white rice. As a busy mom, this is on my regular menu rotation.

Marinade Ingredients:

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 lemon

1 tablespoon garlic paste

1 tablespoon ginger paste

4 tablespoons olive oil

2-3 pounds of chicken thighs and legs (or chicken breast if you prefer)

4-6 cloves of garlic minced

1 medium onion chopped

1 six ounce can tomato sauce

1-2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon whole peppercorns

1/4 cup of chicken broth or water

3 medium size potatoes, cubed

3 carrots sliced into 1/2 inch length

1 red bell pepper sliced into strips

1/2 cup green peas (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

Mix soy sauce, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ginger paste, garlic paste and ground black pepper then pour over chicken to marinate for at least an hour.

In a pot, use remaining olive oil to sauté onions until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for a minute or two before adding chicken. Once the chicken is brown,  add tomato sauce, broth/water, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Cover and simmer until chicken is almost cooked through (approximately 30 minutes).

If the sauce dries while cooking, add some water and turn down the heat.

Add potatoes and red bell pepper strips and simmer at a lower heat until vegetables has cooked through then add carrots and peas during the last fifteen minutes of cooking.

Season to taste and serve with white rice.

Sometimes I add spanish stuffed olives and/or capers, this of course is optional. Enjoy!