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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[edit]

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[edit]


  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.