Dining In: Taste of the Philippines

A melting pot of flavors makes a delicious braised chicken.

By Chef David Lapham | Photography by Pamela Ashley Pasco

Our photo editor Pamela Pasco’s mom, Evangeline, a great home cook, was born in the Philippines and raised her family on classic dishes, like chicken afritada. She provided the recipe below and taught us how to make it.

Although the Spanish roots of the word afritada indicate something fried, in the Philippines it refers to a tomato-based stew with the uniquely Philippine addition of fish sauce.

Chicken Afritada

2 lb chicken, cut into pieces

2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp flour

4 Tbsp vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

18 oz can tomato sauce

2 Tbsp fish sauce

1 bay leaf

1 Tbsp dried oregano

8 oz water

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

4 medium potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces

2 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 cup frozen peas

Dry chicken parts and dredge in flour seasoned with salt and pepper; shake off any excess flour. Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and brown chicken parts on both sides, about seven minutes; do this in batches to prevent crowding the pot. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.

To the same pot, add the remaining two tablespoons oil and the garlic and onion and cook over medium-low heat until translucent, about five minutes. Add the tomato, browned chicken parts, tomato sauce, fish sauce, bay leaf, oregano, water, bell peppers, potatoes and carrots. Simmer 35 minutes, then add the peas and cook three more minutes.

Serve with white jasmine rice.

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Astoria Plaza Suites 7773
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Sunrise Holiday Mansion 5369
Royal Tagaytay Estate, Alfonso, Cavite
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Non-RCI affiliated resorts:
Manila Hotel
1 Rizal Park, Manila; 011-63-2-527-0011; manila-hotel.com.ph; doubles from $210* a night
Kalinaw Resort
General Luna, Surigao del Norte; 011-63-921-320-0442; kalinawresort.com; doubles from $220 a night
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  • Published: Spring 2015