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Classic Chicken Adobo Recipe


Chicken Adobo is a popular Filipino dish known for its deliciously tangy and savory flavors. This traditional recipe has been passed down through generations and is beloved for its simplicity and incredible taste. In this detailed recipe, we will guide you through the process of creating the perfect Chicken Adobo, ensuring tender chicken pieces, well-infused flavors, and a truly satisfying meal.


- 2 pounds (900g) chicken, cut into serving pieces

- 1 cup white vinegar

- 1 cup soy sauce

- 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and minced

- 1 medium-sized onion, sliced

- 3 bay leaves

- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

- 1 tablespoon cooking oil

- 1 cup water

- Salt to taste


1. Marinating the Chicken:

   - In a large bowl, combine the chicken pieces, soy sauce, minced garlic, and black peppercorns.

   - Mix well, ensuring every piece is coated with the marinade.

   - Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the chicken to a resealable bag.

   - Allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight for maximum flavor.

2. Cooking the Chicken Adobo:

   - Heat the cooking oil in a large, deep pan or Dutch oven over medium heat.

   - Add the sliced onions and sauté until translucent and fragrant.

   - Remove the marinated chicken from the bowl, reserving the excess marinade.

   - Carefully place the chicken pieces into the pan, skin side down, and brown them for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

   - Pour in the reserved marinade, vinegar, and water.

   - Add the bay leaves to the pan and gently stir to combine all the ingredients.

   - Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.

   - Allow the chicken to simmer for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the chicken is tender and fully cooked.

   - Stir occasionally and skim off any excess fat or foam that rises to the surface.

   - Adjust the seasoning by adding salt to taste, keeping in mind that the soy sauce already adds saltiness.

3. Finishing Touches:

   - Once the chicken is tender and cooked, remove the pan from the heat.

   - Allow the dish to rest for a few minutes to let the flavors meld together.

   - Serve the Chicken Adobo hot with steamed rice, spooning the thickened sauce over the chicken.

   - Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or green onions for a pop of color and added freshness.

Tips and Variations:

- For an extra dimension of flavor, you can add a teaspoon of brown sugar or a drizzle of honey to balance the tanginess of the dish.

- To enhance the aroma, you can toast the black peppercorns lightly before adding them to the marinade.

- You can experiment with different cuts of chicken, such as bone-in or boneless, depending on your preference.

- Some variations of Chicken Adobo include adding potatoes or hard-boiled eggs to the dish during the cooking process.


With its rich history and robust flavors, Chicken Adobo is a true Filipino culinary gem. This recipe provides a step-by-step guide to help you recreate this classic dish in your own kitchen. Enjoy the tender, succulent chicken pieces coated in a tangy and savory sauce. Share this delightful meal with family and friends, and savor the taste of authentic


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