Filipino Chicken Afritada with Pineapple

beach-1834329_1280Are you new to Filipino cuisine but unsure where to start?  Melissa Harrison, food enthusiast at BuzzFeed, has published a good resource to get inspired: 24 Delicious Filipino Foods You Need In Your Life.  She includes an easy recipe for Biko, a delicious sweet, sticky-rice dessert, to more elaborate and complex entrées such as Kaldareta, a hearty meat and vegetable stew.

For those eager to dive in, try this delicious chicken dish great for an intimate dinner party or family meal:

Chicken Afritada with Pineapple for 4
Prep Time: 20 mins.  Cook Time: 50 mins.  Total Time: 1 hrs. 10 mins

Ingredients

2 lb. (900g) chicken drumsticks, skin on

3-4 small potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 carrot, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

1 14 oz. (400g) can tomato puree

1 8 oz. (225g) can pineapple chunks, reserve syrup, drained

2 tablespoons soy sauce

3 dried bay leaves

1/2 cup green peas

Salt and pepper, to taste

6 tablespoons cooking oil, divided

Instructions

In a big pan over medium heat, heat 4 tablespoons of oil. Add potatoes and cook for about 1 minute. Then add carrot and cook for about 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and cook for about 1 minute. Remove all vegetables from pan and drain on paper towels.

Warm the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Then add chicken and brown it slightly. Add the tomato puree, pineapple syrup, soy sauce, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is almost tender. Stir occasionally.

Add potatoes, yellow bell pepper, carrots, and pineapple chunks and continue to cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked. Add the green peas, season with salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes more. Serve hot. Enjoy!

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