Pineapple Chicken Afritada is a delicious twist on a classic Filipino stew. With a rich tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and a touch of sweetness from pineapples, it’s hearty and delicious!
I have a number of delicious recipes from my recent trip to Thailand and Malaysia in the works but before we cross the wide seas, let me first an amazing twist on a classic Filipino dish.
Chicken afritada with juicy pineapples is an easy way to level up our favorite stew. Hearty, tasty, and with the perfect medley of sweet and savory, it’s sure to be a family favorite!
Classic afritada is traditionally made of bone-in chicken pieces, potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and tomato sauce.
Green peas, chickpeas, Filipino-style hot dogs and/or sausages are also commonly used to further extend servings. The dish is pulled together with garlic and onions to provide a depth of flavor as well as seasonings such as fish sauce, salt, and pepper.
In this version, we are kicking things up by replacing the water with pineapple juice and adding juicy pineapple chunks. It is a great example of how the addition of one or two simple ingredients can take an everyday fare to a whole new level of yum.
The hint of sweetness brought by the fruit perfectly balances the richness of the stew for spot-on flavors!
As we are using the packing liquid to braise the chicken, use canned pineapples in natural juice, and not in syrup lest the dish will be overly sweet.
Pan-fry the potatoes and carrots before adding to the stew to keep them from falling apart.
Cut the ingredients in uniform size to ensure even cooking.
How to serve
Serve with steamed rice for lunch or dinner. To complete the tropical theme, try it with coconut rice!
To store leftovers, let cool completely and transfer in an airtight container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To reheat, place in a saucepan and heat to an internal temperature of 165 F. Alternatively, warm in the microwave at 2 to 3-minute intervals until heated through, stirring between intervals.