I love rice and so does my husband. We try to find different ways to prepare and enjoy this wonderful food. Through time, we found hundreds of recipes, some simple and some exotic, and have enjoyed preparing them. We've found some real winners, which I have published on this blog and some that are not so great, which are in my personal "do not" repeat folder. I have created this site to share those memorable dishes - which are all about this wonderful food called "rice".

Afritada (Filipino Pork and Chicken Stew)

Spain occupied the Philippines for over 400 years.  Not surprising then to find foods with a lot of Spanish influence.  Afritada reflects that Spanish influence.  This can be made with just chicken or just pork.  We love the combination at my house since it covers everybody.  My husband loves the pork and my mother loves the chicken. So, you can't go wrong.  I made some changes to make it easier. 


1lb of chicken parts (breast, thighs, wings, etc.)
1lb pork shoulder or butt (cut into chunks)
4 potatoes (cut into chunks)
1 large onion (chopped)
1 cup chicken stock
1-2 bay leaves (1 large or 2 small)
4 carrots (peeled and cut into chunks)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 green bell pepper (cut into bite size chunks)
1 red bell pepper (cut into bite size chunks)
1 20oz can of tomatoes (roughly chopped in food processor)
1 20oz can of stewed tomatoes (roughly chopped in food processor)
1/4 cup canola or olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 small can of garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed) - optional

In a food processor, roughly chop the canned tomatoes.  Process until you get the texture you want.  Short pulses for some chunks, or longer processing if you want more of a puree.  Do the same with the stewed tomatoes.

In a large pot or dutch oven, heat an 1/8 cup of the oil in high heat.  Add the pork chunks and lightly brown for approximately 3 minutes.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Do the same with the chicken, and add that the pork.  In the same pot, add the rest of the oil and the potatoes.  Cook the potatoes for approximately 4 minutes until some of the sides have browned.  Remove the potatoes and set aside.  Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the chopped onions and the bay leaf to the hot oil in the pot. Cook the onions until they are translucent, approximately 3 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes and stewed tomatoes.  Continue cooking stirring constantly until tomatoes are heated through.  Add the pork, chicken and potatoes back into the pot.  Continue stirring until all the meat and potatoes are well coated with the tomatoe/onion mixture.  Add the carrots, peas and the chicken broth; continue stirring.  Cover and reduce to medium heat and keep at a low boil.  Keep covered and cook until chicken, pork and potatoes are tender, continue stirring to ensure that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan and burn; this should take approximately 30 minutes.  Season with salt and lots of pepper.  Add the both the red and green bell peppers. If using garbanzo beans add that at this time.  Continue cooking for another 10 minutes to allow peppers to cook but still have a crunch.  Taste for seasoning.  Add salt and pepper if necessary.  Serve hot over steamed rice.

1 comment:

  1. I felt the recipe sounded a little bland. I added some garlic, jalapeno, sprinkled some St.Louis rib rub on the meat, leek, used fresh tomato as they are in season, and left small onions whole.
    It was a fantastic fall dinner, our guests were amazed.