Margo's Chicken Adobo

Margo's Chicken Adobo

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"Use equal parts vinegar, soy sauce and water. The secret ingredient is cinnamon. This can also be made in the slow cooker: after browning chicken, onion and garlic, transfer to slow cooker, add the rest of the ingredients, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or 4 hours on high."
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1 h 10 m servings 323 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 323 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 18.3 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs:
  • 7.4g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 29.8 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 96 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 1150 mg
  • 46%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Heat canola oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and pan-fry the chicken drumsticks and thighs until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken pieces, and set aside. Stir onion and garlic into the hot skillet, and cook and stir until the vegetables are browned, about 8 minutes.
  2. Pour in apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and water; stir in bay leaves, peppercorns, and the cinnamon stick. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, scraping up and dissolving any browned flavor bits from the bottom of the pan. Return chicken pieces and any juice that has formed to the pan.
  3. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and simmer until the chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 45 minutes.


  1. 23 Ratings

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Turned out fantastic - followed it to a T, and could not have been more pleased with the outcome. Very easy to make and prepare side dishes while the chicken simmers. The whole family loved it, ...

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I personally thought it had a bit too much vinegar. I think it would be better in I cut out some of it.

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Turned out fantastic - followed it to a T, and could not have been more pleased with the outcome. Very easy to make and prepare side dishes while the chicken simmers. The whole family loved it, ...

This recipe was amazing, very simple to make, and a great balance of flavors. I didn't change the recipe at all.Even my picky children asked me to make it again. The next tie I make it I might t...

Fantastic recipe...5 stars all the way around for ease of preparation and taste...great recipe! Thanks so much for submitting this gem!!

This was my first attempt making chicken adobo and it turned out wonderfully. I really appreciate how easy it was to make and with so few ingredients(pantry staples, no less!). I didn't have a...

I tried this last night. The flavor is awesome but the sauce was a bit watery. I am going to add some cornstarch & water in order to make it a bit more gravy like & stick. Next time I make this...

Excellent! Just like my neighbor used to make. I did add an additional cup and a half water and used 1/4 tsp of cinnamon (did not have a stick). Served with steamed white rice and broccoli, both...

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! A wonderful combination of flavors to tickle the taste buds of even the most finicky eaters. Easy to make, and although I didn't quite have a full cup of soy sau...

VERY GOOD!! Amazing flavor with just a few ingredients and very little effort! My kind of recipe. The whole family loved it, even the little one. I will definitely make this again!

very simple and tasty traditional Adobo chicken dinner .. we remembered our Filipino friend used to make and tasted just like it!!!

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