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chicken adobo recipe

Classic Filipino Chicken Adobo

This family favorite chicken adobo recipe is to die for! The tender chicken is tangy, savory, and sweet and has just the perfect balance of flavors. There is a reason why this dish is arguably the most popular Filipino dish out there. Some might even say it is the national dish of the Philippines.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x



810 skinless chicken thighs

1/2 cup of water or chicken stock

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar

8 garlic cloves

1 tbsp black peppercorns

6 bay leaves

avocado oil for searing the chicken

salt and pepper


  1. Add some oil to a pan.
  2. Brown the chicken on both sides. Lightly salt and pepper on both sides. Remove the chicken pieces once browned.
  3. Remove some of the oil. I like to use paper towels.
  4. Add the garlic and black peppercorns. Saute for a minute until it is fragrant.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients and add back the chicken.
  6. Let it come to a boil, and turn the heat down to a low-medium simmer. Cover with lid.
  7. Cook for 20 minutes on a low simmer.
  8. Open the lid and turn the heat up to medium-high heat to let the braising liquid reduce to your desired consistency for about 5-7 minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
  • Author: Carmen
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: asian
  • Method: braising
  • Cuisine: asian

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