Top: Chicken afritada on white rice, cooked hamonado-style (with pineapples);
Bottom: Pork afritada
Alternative namesApritada, apretada[1]
CourseMain dish
Place of originPhilippines
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsChicken/beef/pork, tomato sauce (or banana ketchup), carrots, potatoes, red and green bell pepper
Similar dishesMenudo, kaldereta, hamonado, pininyahang manok, igado, guisantes

Afritada is a Philippine dish consisting of chicken, beef, or pork braised in tomato sauce with carrots, potatoes, and red and green bell peppers. It is served on white rice and is a common Filipino meal.[2] It can also be cooked with seafood.[3][4]


The name afritada is derived from Spanish fritada ("fried"), referring to the first step of the preparation in which the meat is pan-fried before simmering in the tomato sauce.[5]


Afritada has different names based on the main ingredients of the dish. The most common ones are afritadang manok (chicken afritada),[6] afritadang baka (beef afritada), and afritadang baboy (pork afritada).[4] Afritada can also be used to cook seafood, like fish (afritadang isda) or mussels (afritadang tahong), utilizing the same basic process as meat afritadas.[7][8]

Afritada is also commonly cooked hamonado-style (with pineapple chunks). This sweet variant is usually known as "pineapple afritada".[9] It is commonly confused with pininyahang manok, braised chicken also made with pineapples. However, the latter does not use tomato sauce.[10][11]

Similar dishes

Similarly, Filipino menudo and kaldereta both also use tomato sauce or banana ketchup. However, menudo includes sliced liver, while kaldereta exclusively uses goat meat. Igado contains liver but no tomato sauce.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Apretada". Tagalog Lang. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Colinares, Robert (2007) "Pork Afritada" no site". Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  3. ^ Merano, Vanjo. "Chicken Afritada Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Polistico, Edgie (2017). Philippine Food, Cooking, & Dining Dictionary. Anvil Publishing, Incorporated. ISBN 9786214200870.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Afritada, A Famous Filipino Stew". FilStop. Archived from the original on December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Chicken Afritada Recipe". Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Fish Afritada". Mama's Guide Recipes. April 30, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Afritadang Tahong". Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Pineapple Chicken Afritada". Kawaling Pinoy. April 7, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple Chicken)". PinoyWay. Archived from the original on December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "RECIPE: Pininyahang Manok". ABS-CBN News. February 7, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Chicken Afritada (Afritadang Manok)". Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes. Retrieved December 13, 2018.