Chicken Afritada

This is one of the quickest and easiest recipes I make whenever I am in a hurry or just do not feel like doing something grand in the kitchen.

There's just way too many chicken pieces (of different cuts and sizes) inside the fridge and I've just got to find more creative ways to cook them. For now, this chicken afritada will do. =)

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Chicken Afritada

1/2 kg chicken, cut into serving pieces
2-3pcs potatoes
2pcs carrots
1pc each of red and green bell peppers
2 cups tomato sauce
3T soy sauce (you may adjust according to your taste)
1cup water
1 onion
5cloves garlic
2pcs bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1 pk of seasoning granules or 1 chicken broth cube
1can green peas (optional)

How I did it:
I sauteed the onions and garlic in a saucepan. I added the chicken pieces and let it brown on all sides and cooked through. The potatoes, carrots, bell peppers and bay leaves are then added. I poured in the tomato sauce and soy sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes. Water is added according to your preferred sauce consistency. Season the afritada with salt and pepper and seasoning granules.

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M loves saucy and tomato-based dishes so I have to learn a lot of them. I sometimes change the sequence of adding in the ingredients - like adding the potatoes, carrots, etc after stirring in the tomato sauce and adding the soy sauce only in the end - but the I still get the same taste and consistency. A lot of times I don't measure what I add in, but simply rely on "tantiya" as meals like these in time, becomes very easy to make if you know the taste you're looking for.




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