Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mommy Jen Cooks: Chicken Afritada

Last Saturday, I had all the time in the morning to cook for our lunch. It was a great time na ilabas ang cooking skills since wala akong pasok in the afternoon. I woke up to Jami's cry asking for his "Didiya" (milk) and can't go back to sleep anymore. I went to palengke to shop (wow! shop talaga!) some ingredients for my Lumpiang Shanghai and Chicken Afritada. =)

I was supposed to cook the Lumpiang Shanghai a day before. I had the necessary ingredients to make the shanghai pero wala pala akong nabiling wrapper! Toinks :p

I cooked the Chicken Afritada first since it would take longer times for cooking and preparations. You see, I am not a very good cook and I don't have a chef skills running in my blood so I have to rely on online recipes. I stalk Panlasang Pinoy blog and youtube channel for his recipes. My mantra is, I would try his recipe then see if I'll like it or I can adjust it to my preference next time. I perfected the Ginataang Hipon, Sitaw at Kalabasa which I cooked every week until I get it to perfection according to my taste. Hehehe! So imagine nyo na lang ang pagka umay ni Daryl sa Hipon at Kalabasa. Hahaha! Pwede na namin i skip ang recipe na ito until end of the year maybe? Hahaha! =)

Anyhow, I'll share with you the recipe or you can go straight to Panlasang Pinoy blog.

Chicken Afritada
  • 2 lbs chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 large potato, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 large bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 pieces hotdogs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1¼ cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1.  Pour-in cooking oil in a cooking pot or casserole then apply heat.
  2. Pan-fry the chicken until the color turns light brown (about 3 minutes per side).
  3. Remove the chicken from the cooking pot.
  4. On the same cooking pot, sauté garlic and onions.
  5. Put-in the sliced hotdogs and pan-fried chicken then cook for a minute.
  6. Pour-in tomato sauce and chicken stock then add bay leaves. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Add the potato and carrots then simmer for 7 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  8. Put-in the bell pepper, green peas, salt, sugar, and ground black pepper then cook for 3 minutes more.
  9. Turn-off heat then transfer to a serving plate.
  10. Serve with steamed rice. Share and enjoy!

 I opted not to add the green peas since I don't like them. I actually put a lot of tomato sauce, and little of the water so I ended up not having enough sauce for the chicken.

So how would I know if I like the recipe or not? I usually follow the recipe, then I'll adjust it according to my taste. If I found it good naman, then I'll keep the recipe. If not, I have to alter something in it. I am no expert in cooking since I am still trying to learn them.

One thing that I noticed is that, ang hirap pala mag luto kung picky eater ka.. Hayyy.. Just like me, sobrang picky eater ko so hindi ako makapili ng ibang recipe. Anyhow, I am looking to follow more recipes. Nowadays naman, recipes are just a click away diba? =)

Let me know if you tried this recipe and if you liked it.

1 comment:

  1. Sarap naman nyan, Jen! Gusto ko yang maraming photos na parang nagluluto rin ako habang nagbabasa. Hehe. :)

    P.S. I agree, sobrang daming recipes online na pwedeng iluto. Mas madali na maging wife and mommy ngayon when it comes to cooking for the family.


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