Filipino Chicken Adobo

Filipino Chicken Adobo is an incredibly flavourful chicken dish! If you haven’t tried this Filipino classic, you have to change it right now! This is an easy recipe with everyday ingredients, perfect for a busy midweek dinner.

Filipino Chicken Adobo

This is probably one of the most popular Filipino dishes abroad!

Have you heard about it? πŸ™‚ If not, all you need to know is that Filipino chicken adobo is chicken braised in vinegar and soy sauce with lots of garlic, black pepper, and bay leaves.

My Filipino friends advised me to also add onion, sugar, and ginger. I love it! As with every dish, there are many different versions, some people add carrots, potatoes and coconut milk too! So experiment and choose what works for you!

The above ingredients are basically all you need to prepare this dish! You can find all the ingredients in a regular supermarket. So easy!

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How to make it

This is an incredibly simple recipe. You’ll love it!

Here’s the quick overview of the process:

  1. You start with quickly marinating the chicken in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, ginger, and pepper. Then, you brown chicken on the pan and remove it.
  2. Now it’s time to cook the onion until translucent.
  3. After that, you transfer the chicken back to the pan, you add reserved marinade, and you simmer the chicken covered.
  4. For a few last minutes, you uncover the pan to let the sauce thicken.
  5. That’s it!

Serve chicken adobo with lots of rice, chopped green onions, and lime wedges!

The sauce has a very deep, strong flavor and you don’t need much of it. That’s why I like to simmer it until it becomes a thick glaze, but feel free to simmer it less so it’s more broth-like. Up to you! πŸ™‚

Easy and delicious Filipino Chicken Adobo made with everyday ingredients. Easy one-pot meal. Quick one-pot meal. Chicken recipe. Easy chicken recipe. Asian recipe. Filipino chicken recipe. Chicken food photography. Chicken food styling.
Easy and delicious Filipino Chicken Adobo made with everyday ingredients. Easy one-pot meal. Quick one-pot meal. Chicken recipe. Easy chicken recipe. Asian recipe. Filipino chicken recipe. Chicken food photography. Chicken food styling.

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This Filipino Chicken Adobo is incredibly flavourful! Easy recipe with everyday ingredients, perfect for a busy midweek dinner!

Yields3 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 10 mins

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Chicken adobo
 6 Chicken thighs
  cup Rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar, white vinegar)
 ½ cup All-purpose soy sauce
 ½ Water
 6 Garlic cloves
 4 Bay leaves
 ½ tbsp Slightly crushed black peppercorns (adjust to your taste)
 1 tbsp Brown sugar
 ½ Onion
 1 tsp Grated ginger
 1 Small carrot (optional)
 Oil
To serve
 Cooked rice
 Lime wegdes
 Chopped parsley or green onions

1

In a big bowl mix soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic, grated ginger, and black pepper. Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes.

2

Remove the chicken from marinade, shaking off the excess. Reserve the marinade. Heat a large pan/skillet with a little bit of oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken nicely both sides.

3

While the chicken is frying, finely chop the onion.

4

Remove the chicken from the pan. Add onion and fry for 3 minutes, until translucent. Add carrot, and fry for 2 minutes more.

5

Transfer chicken back to the pan, add reserved marinade, water and bring to boil. Then, lower the heat, cover the pan, and let the chicken simmer for around 40 minutes. Stir from time to time.

6

Uncover the pan, and simmer the chicken for 20 minutes more, the sauce should thicken. Flip the chicken from time to time.

7

Serve with rice, lime, and chopped parsley or green onions!

Ingredients

Chicken adobo
 6 Chicken thighs
  cup Rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar, white vinegar)
 ½ cup All-purpose soy sauce
 ½ Water
 6 Garlic cloves
 4 Bay leaves
 ½ tbsp Slightly crushed black peppercorns (adjust to your taste)
 1 tbsp Brown sugar
 ½ Onion
 1 tsp Grated ginger
 1 Small carrot (optional)
 Oil
To serve
 Cooked rice
 Lime wegdes
 Chopped parsley or green onions

Directions

1

In a big bowl mix soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic, grated ginger, and black pepper. Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes.

2

Remove the chicken from marinade, shaking off the excess. Reserve the marinade. Heat a large pan/skillet with a little bit of oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken nicely both sides.

3

While the chicken is frying, finely chop the onion.

4

Remove the chicken from the pan. Add onion and fry for 3 minutes, until translucent. Add carrot, and fry for 2 minutes more.

5

Transfer chicken back to the pan, add reserved marinade, water and bring to boil. Then, lower the heat, cover the pan, and let the chicken simmer for around 40 minutes. Stir from time to time.

6

Uncover the pan, and simmer the chicken for 20 minutes more, the sauce should thicken. Flip the chicken from time to time.

7

Serve with rice, lime, and chopped parsley or green onions!

Filipino Chicken Adobo

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Easy and delicious Filipino Chicken Adobo made with everyday ingredients. Easy one-pot meal. Quick one-pot meal. Chicken recipe. Easy chicken recipe. Asian recipe. Filipino chicken recipe. Chicken food photography. Chicken food styling.

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35 Comments

  1. Chad 12 June 2019 at 15:04

    I’ve heard so much about how delicious Chicken Adobo is but never had it before. I can’t wait to cook it myself. Thanks a lot.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 08:57

      You have to try!

      Reply
  2. Edward 12 June 2019 at 22:06

    I always fight for this delicacy of ours. This should be our national dish and not sinigang

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 08:57

      πŸ™‚

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  3. Cristina Petrini 13 June 2019 at 02:27

    I love chicken but sometimes you always cook it in the same way so I’m always looking for new and original recipes like this!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 08:58

      You have to try this recipe!!

      Reply
  4. Aritha 13 June 2019 at 05:34

    Mjammie Ewa. En what a nice photos.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 08:58

      πŸ™‚

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  5. Ceci Rey 13 June 2019 at 06:55

    Great recipe. I make something similar…but never knew what to call it. Your photos are excellent too!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 08:59

      Thank Ceci!

      Reply
  6. Kiwi 13 June 2019 at 07:25

    I love Filipino food. I dont eat meat except for seafood but I love eating Filipino food when I get a chance.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 08:59

      πŸ™‚

      Reply
  7. Krysten Quiles 13 June 2019 at 07:47

    Mmmm that looks absolutely mouth watering. Will definitely be pinning this recipe to make later, I bet it’s going to be a hit!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 08:59

      Great!

      Reply
  8. glenny 13 June 2019 at 11:03

    chicken adobo is one of my fav dishes !!!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 16:49

      I feel the same way! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  9. Alexandra Cook 13 June 2019 at 14:45

    That is a really good recipe. I would devour this dish!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 16:50

      I love it!

      Reply
  10. Deola 13 June 2019 at 16:04

    This looks delicious. Definitely going to try this out. Hopefully, it comes out as nice

    Reply
    1. Ewa 13 June 2019 at 16:50

      It will!

      Reply
  11. Brittany Vantrease 14 June 2019 at 11:25

    This is very similar to a dish that my mother-in-law shared with me after she went to a potluck. The chicken was shredded and not whole, but the ingredients are very similar to this and it was very yummy so I’m sure yours is even yummier because I’m sure braising it brings out more flavor and there’s also ginger!

    Reply
  12. vicky hallnewman 14 June 2019 at 14:22

    I have never tried Filipino food before but this recipe makes me want to make it. It looks tasty and filling.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 15 June 2019 at 11:36

      You have to try!! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  13. Leah 14 June 2019 at 19:36

    Thank you so much for showing your steps! I find it so much simpler to repeat that way!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 15 June 2019 at 11:37

      πŸ™‚

      Reply
  14. HolyVeggies 15 June 2019 at 04:56

    that chicken looks so crunchy and delicious!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 15 June 2019 at 11:37

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  15. Goingwithkaren 17 June 2019 at 00:51

    Never ever tried or heard of Adobo chicken. Thanks for inspiring me to try it.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 17 June 2019 at 16:00

      You have to πŸ˜‰ !

      Reply
  16. Grandma's House DIY 17 June 2019 at 10:43

    This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at the To grandma’s house we go link party, I’ll be featuring you when the next party starts on Wednesday!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 17 June 2019 at 16:02

      πŸ™‚

      Reply
  17. Laurie 17 June 2019 at 20:14

    Your dish and presentation of it is beautiful. I don’t even eat chicken (vegan here) but you’ve done an excellent job in tempting me.

    I can tell that you’ve taken the time to make this really attractive. Keep up the good work!

    Found you at the Homestead Blog Hop!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 18 June 2019 at 14:59

      Thank you Lauire πŸ™‚

      Reply
  18. Miz Helen 18 June 2019 at 17:09

    This recipe has such rich flavor and the chicken is so moist, it will be delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Ewa 19 June 2019 at 09:46

      Thanks Helen πŸ™‚ You have to try!

      Reply

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