Chicken Afritada (Spanish-style Chicken Stew)

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I took Bertolli Riserva Marinara to recreate this Filipino dish called Chicken Afritada made with chicken thighs, onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, peppers, olives and green peas for a hearty dinner.

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§  A special blend of vine-ripened, freshly crushed tomatoes from our farms in California

§  Freshly crushed garlic

§  Imported Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

§  Imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil

§  No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

Chicken Afritada (Spanish-style Chicken Stew) 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Paprika
  • 1 cup large chopped potato
  • 1 cup large chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1.2 jar Bertolli Riserva Marinara
  • 1/4 cup Spanish pimento stuffed green olives
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas

Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat with olive oil. Pat the chicken thighs dry and season each piece with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and sprinkle of paprika. Brown in the pan until skin is golden brown. It will not be cooked all the way through.

After all the chicken has a golden brown and crispy skin, take it off the heat. There may be excess fat and oil in the pan, so discard extra fat and only keep about 1-2 tablespoons in the pan.

Then, add all the vegetables except for the olives and green peas. Toss together and pour 1/2 jar of Bertolli Riserva Marinara sauce.

Scrape the bits and pieces on the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to lift all the flavors up into the sauce.

Add the chicken thighs back in along with any of the juices that may have been on the plate.Then, add the olives and let simmer together, on low and covered.

Occasionally, uncover and stir gently making sure the chicken is being covered in the sauce and cooking all the way through. Simmer for about 25 minutes.

After 20-25 minutes, check to make sure the chicken is cooked all the way through, scrape the bottom of the pan and add the frozen green peas. Stir and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Serve over rice or with your favorite sides. If you have any extras, you can just save them for later in a freezer that sits upright.

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fabiana salvo
Oct 1, 2017 at 15:13:11
I made this today: Chicken Afritada, it came out amazing. follow every step in this recipe! my husband and father in law LOVED IT and they are Russian!
Sep 17, 2021 at 18:28:26
I made this the other day. Chicken Afritada, my husband & daughter loved it. I will definitely make this more often.