Chicken Adobo

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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’re 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


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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  1. 1.13.14
    Michele said:

    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!!

  2. 1.13.14
    Rosey said:

    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.

  3. 1.13.14

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

  4. 1.13.14

    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!

    • 1.13.14
      Amiyrah said:

      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!

  5. 1.13.14

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

  6. 1.13.14

    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!

  7. 1.13.14
    Lawna said:

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

  8. 1.13.14
    Elise said:

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

  9. 1.13.14

    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!

  10. 1.13.14
    Pam said:

    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!

  11. 1.13.14

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

  12. 1.13.14

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

  13. 1.13.14
    Veronica said:

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

  14. 1.13.14

    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.

  15. 1.13.14
    Theresa said:

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

  16. 1.13.14
    becca said:

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

  17. 1.13.14

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

  18. 1.13.14

    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.

  19. 1.13.14

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

  20. 1.13.14
    Maria said:

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

  21. 1.14.14

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

  22. 1.14.14

    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.

    • 1.14.14
      Amiyrah said:

      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.

  23. 1.14.14

    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.

  24. 1.14.14
    Tess said:

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

  25. 1.14.14

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

  26. 1.14.14
    Nikki said:

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

  27. 1.21.14
    Raqs said:

    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!

  28. 8.19.14
    Justin said:

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

  29. 12.29.14
    mary said:

    I’ve had this before and it was one of my favorite chicken dishes EVER! I dated a guy who’s dad was Filipino and made this stuff. He called it GILLY-GILLY. This looks almost exactly like he would make! Sooooo good!!! My mouth is watering now !

    • 1.3.15
      Amiyrah said:

      Mary, we just love this dish here. Chicken drumsticks and thighs are always a great price, so this is what I make when I get a jumbo pack. I’m not ashamed to say that it even tastes great when it’s cold!