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Chicken Adobo Recipe
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Chicken Adobo

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"This is a family favorite and is served over rice. Easy to prepare, especially when you are in a hurry. "

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Place the chicken in a 6-quart pot. Pour the water, vinegar, and soy sauce over the chicken. Add the sugar, onion, garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves to the pot; bring the mixture to a boil for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low; simmer until the chicken is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the chicken from the pot and continue cooking the sauce until it thickens, about 10 minutes; season with salt.
  2. Return the chicken to the pot, making sure the chicken is covered entirely by the sauce. Cook together until the chicken is reheated, about 3 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 22, 2010

I will be making this tonight for the first time but to the person who made the above comment "In Filipino cuisine, Adobo refers to a common and very popular cooking process indigenous to the Philippines where pork or chicken is slowly cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, crushed garlic, bay leaf, and black peppercorns, and often browned in the oven or pan-fried afterward to get the desirable crisped edges. "

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 02, 2010

The recipes as stated would be way to vinergary! There is an easier way of calculating the liquid ingredients. 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar and 1 part soy sauce. Also, nix the sugar (not needed) and you don't need to salt to taste because it will be salty enough from the soy sauce. Some use the low-sodium soy sauce because of this. I have been making Adobo for over 20 years now taught to me by my mom.

Jan 21, 2010

This is the Filipino Adobo, so if you're looking for the Mexican/Latino version - this recipe isn't for you. I love Adobo and my friend's Lola (grandmother in Tagalog) makes the BEST kind! So luckily I had that flavor memory to go off of. This recipe yields a very vinegary Adobo when following the recipe exactly and takes longer to make than stated. I added an extra 1/4c soy sauce, 2t sugar and 1 clove garlic to the recipe. I let the chicken simmer, turning occasionally, for an additional two hours to soak up the new flavor of the sauce. I just made this last night and after the adjustments it tastes pretty close to what Lola makes. But the original recipe as it stands doesn't measure up.

Mar 03, 2011

I agree with the others here that the recipe will be too sour. I would recommend a 1:1 vinegar to soy sauce ratio - but you must experiment to suit your taste.

Jan 25, 2010

The vinegar taste was way too strong.

Jan 21, 2013

This is a good basic recipe for Adobo. I don't know why people are panning it. My aunt (from Capiz, PI) always made it with plenty of vinegar. I use more garlic, and also add plantains.

Jan 25, 2010

This was a quick and fantastic recipe that I and my family of three guys enjoyed immensely!!!

Sep 27, 2011

This is the simplest adobo recipe I have seen. Found it a tad salty for my liking. Fixed it by adding some chilli flakes.


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  • Calories
  • 584 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 213 mg
  • 71%
  • Fat
  • 32.8 g
  • 50%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 62.4 g
  • 125%
  • Sodium
  • 789 mg
  • 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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