Chicken Adobo

January 13, 2014 in entree,food

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Chicken adobo recipe, easy chicken recipe

I never thought that a dish called Chicken Adobo would end up being one of our family’s favorite dish of all time. I mean, we aren’t Filipino, and my kids have this weird aversion to chicken on the bone, unless they are hot wings. But, this chicken adobo recipe is legit.

chicken adobo recipe, easy chicken recipe

I wrote about this recipe almost 5 years ago on this here website. I was introduced to this delicious entree during my time with a sponsor family after I was activated on 9/11. They were the family of a fellow shop mate of mine, Randy. They fed me all of their wonderful Filipino specialties. Lola, Randy’s grandmother, made the best Chicken Adobo. Seriously. I begged her to make it once a week and make enough for us to take for lunch the next day.

I ended up finding this recipe for Chicken Adobo. I was so excited I made it the next day. It was great, but it wasn’t Lola’s (I always make a recipe the way it’s written the first time, out of respect to the cook, then adjust if needed). I made it 2 more times and figured out what I needed to adapt in order to bring back the memories. I love how the vinegars and soy sauce give the chicken an auburn color and provide a tangy and exciting taste to an otherwise bland protein. Sorry chicken, but it’s true. Check out the awesome below.

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo recipe, easy chicken recipe

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon canola oil
8 pieces of dark meat chicken
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves

Take out a large saucepan.
Heat the oil in the pan under medium heat.
Once the oil shimmers, place the chicken pieces, skin side down, in the pan.
Let it brown for 5 minutes and then flip over and let it brown on the other side for 5 minutes.
Take the chicken out of the pan and place on a plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the oil.
Place the garlic in the pan and sauté for about a minute.
Slowly poor in the vinegars and soy sauce. Be careful! the fumes can cause you to tear up.
Turn the heat down to low.
Scrape up the bits and goodies from the bottom of the pan, add the peppercorns and bay leaves.
Add the chicken back with the juices, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, take off cover and cook for another 15 minutes, spooning the juice over the chicken every once in a while.
Once done, pull out the bay leaves and serve over white or brown rice.

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Michele January 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

Oh that sounds better then good-it sounds delish!! I have used Adobo spice combo from the jar but never tried making anything like this!!

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Rosey January 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

That’s great that you kept plugging away at it until you got it like you wanted it to be!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) January 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

Sign me up!! It sounds delicious and I have a feeling it would be a big hit around our house :)

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Britney @ The Princess & Her Cowboys January 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

This looks amazing and so easy! Definitely something that I need to add to my list for cooking. I have never really tried anything with peppercorns but I’m always up to trying something new!

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Amiyrah January 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Britney, the peppercorns don’t really make the dish spicy but it provides such a great experience for your taste buds. Even my kids love it!

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Amber Edwards January 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Oh my goodness, that looks absolutely amazing. I can taste it right now! I have to make this!

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell January 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

No wonder this has become a family favorite. I have got to try it and I think it’s gonna be a win over here too!

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Lawna January 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Wow, this recipe sounds amazing! I bet my family would love it!

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Elise January 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I’d never heard of this dish before, but it looks delicious!

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication January 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

This sounds so good! I’m a big fan of chicken in all forms LOL But it’s nice to get some new flavors sometimes, too!

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Pam January 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I have only had chicken adobo from the food trucks in St. Louis. Since we live about eight hours away from there, this will be great for me to make it at home!

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Kristin Sumner January 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I have always wondered how to make this dish. Saving to my recipes for something new to try.

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Chubskulit Rose January 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

THat is one favorite dish at my house too, my husband specially. Adobo is one of the dishes that Filipinos love.

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Veronica January 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

I am vegan, so I don’t eat chicken but boy does that look delicious

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Amanda Love January 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm

We love chicken in our house and we’re always looking for new ways to make it. It’s hubby’s day to cook tomorrow and coincidentally we’re doing chicken. I wonder if he’ll make this for me if I get all the ingredients? I want to try this! Thanks for sharing.

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Theresa January 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Man, I wish I could convince my husband to eat dark meat because that looks so mouth watering good!

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becca January 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm

this looks simply divine something i would love to try for the family

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Jennifer Williams January 13, 2014 at 9:37 pm

That would go perfectly with my black beans and rice – I will have to try this out. Thank you for sharing.

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Joanna Sormunen January 13, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Never had heard about Chicken Adobo before but the pics look really good and I like the recepy, too. I pinned it so I can try out at ease later on. Thank you for sharing.

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GossipMoms January 13, 2014 at 11:29 pm

I love chicken different kinds to, But I never tasted Chicken Adobo, But it Dam shore looks good.

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Maria January 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm

wow!! This looks sooo good!! I love the different vinegars you used.

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Tough Cookie Mommy January 14, 2014 at 12:19 am

There is nothing that tastes as good as chicken that has been seasoned correctly. These photos are mouth-watering.

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kay adeola January 14, 2014 at 9:09 am

Sounds and looks tasty,i have that thing with any kind of meat on the bone too i hate it i think it just smells funny no matter how good it is cooked lol,also i am not keen on the darker meat on a chicken.

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Amiyrah January 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

Kay, my son doesn’t like bone-in chicken and dark meat, but he devours this recipe. I think it’s because of the sweet and sour flavor, and because the vinegar does something heavenly to the meat.

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Ashley Gill January 14, 2014 at 10:38 am

I’ve never head of Adbo Chicken.. it looks awesome! I think this may be something my family likes, but they aren’t big fans of chicken on the bone either.

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Tess January 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

Ive never tasted this recipe, but the photos make it look very flavorful!

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Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty January 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm

If the photos are anything to judge by, this looks beyond tantalizing and delicious! I’ll give it a try!

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Nikki January 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Yum! I love chicken and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. I’ll have to try this!

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Raqs January 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Thank you for featuring one of our best dishes. I am Filipino and by the look of it, I think you nailed it! Now you make me crave, I guess I have to cook some tomorrow.
Just to add, you can also cook this in slow cooker just put all the ingredients together and the chicken will be falling out the bones. Yum!

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Justin August 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Glad you like our one of the best dishes in Philippines! :D
There are still lot of foods you must try.

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