Chicken Adobo

Adobo is more a style or method of cooking with the use of many kinds of food, such as chicken or pork and many kinds of vegetables as well. The Spanish word Adobo means marinade or sauce. As I stated earlier the Spanish were a big influence on the culture and cooking of contemporary Filipinos. Soy sauce, sugar, and white vinegar are the main ingredients for Adobo, which gives it a tart, sweet flavor.

Serve this delicious dish over plain white rice and your choice of side dishes…enjoy!

Since most Filipino households include at least two generations of family members, the majority of these recipes are designed to feed a large group, so if you are feeding a smaller group, you can cut the recipe proportionality.

chicken adobo

Ingredients for Chicken Adobo

  • 3-4 kg of chicken (you can substitute pork)
  • 3 tablespoons of peppercorns
  • 6 garlic gloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup white vinegar (you can also use coconut or wine vinegar)
  • ¾ cup of sugar, white or brown
  • 2 cups of water (you can add more as you cook to dilute the vinegar, if it is too tart)

Directions for Chicken Adobo

Place the liquids in a large pot; add the spices, which you could wrap in a cheese cloth, if you don’t want the spices in the final product; add the chicken and bring to a boil, turn down the heat and let simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, add water frequently as needed. You could also let it cook until the meat is falling off the bones, which is the way a lot of people like it. Or, you can use a slow-cooker and let it cook for six hours.

Serve this delicious dish over plain white rice and your choice of side dishes…enjoy!

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