Chef Melissa Miranda’s version of chicken afritada, a popular Philippines stew, isn’t her lola’s afritada—and that’s totally okay with her. The chicken and hearty vegetables that comprise afritada are often stewed together, but here Miranda cooks each element of the dish separately and then combines them in a skillet. The reward for all your effort is a sublime mixture of textures in every bite: crispy-skinned chicken, tender-but-not-mushy vegetables, and velvety stewed tomatoes. “This is a dish I grew up eating and is one of my go-to comfort foods,” she says. “Although it’s not as recognizable as chicken adobo, it’s definitely close to the hearts of my team and myself.”
Watch Melissa make this recipe on our YouTube channel.