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Filipino Chicken Adobo

My mom always makes her saucy chicken adobo recipe when I come home to visit. I think it's even better the next day as leftovers—she says it's because of the vinegar. — Michael Moya, Taste of Home Senior Marketing Manager
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, smashed and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • In a shallow dish, combine the first 6 ingredients. Add chicken; refrigerate, covered, 20-30 minutes. Drain, reserving marinade. Pat chicken dry.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown chicken. Stir in water and reserved marinade. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until chicken is no longer pink and sauce is slightly reduced, 20-25 minutes. Discard bay leaf. If desired, serve chicken with cooking sauce.

Filipino Chicken Adobo Tips

What does chicken adobo taste like?

Chicken adobo is a very flavorful dish with a mildly sweet, tangy garlic and soy flavor. The acid in the vinegar breaks down the fibers in the chicken, making it very tender.

Why is it called adobo?

"Adobo" comes from the Spanish word "adobar," which means "marinate." In Filipino cuisine, the marinade for a chicken adobo recipe is traditionally vinegar-based. Serve this flavorful dish with a simple Almond Rice Pilaf or a Veggie Rice Bowl for color and flavor.

Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 234 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 1315mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein.