Filipino Adobo Chicken Recipe

Filipino Adobo Chicken Recipe

Adobo is a classic Filipino dish made with chicken, vinegar, garlic and soy sauce. It’s one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines and can be found in many restaurants. Adobo Chicken is a simple yet flavorful dish that combines all the flavors of traditional adobo with juicy chicken thighs for an amazing meal.

How To Make Filipino Adobo Chicken

This recipe for Filipino adobo is chicken that’s been braised in a combination of soy sauce, vinegar, peppercorns, and bayleaf.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes



  • 2lbchicken leg quarters,or 1 lb each of chicken drumsticks and chicken thighs, bone-in, and skin-on
  • 2ozgarlic,peeled and crushed
  • 2bay leaves
  • cupsrice vinegar
  • ¾cupsoy sauce
  • ½cupchicken broth,or water
  • 3tbspbrown sugar,plus more to taste
  • 3tbspvegetable oil
  • 1tbspwhole black peppercorns
  • salt and ground black pepper,to taste

To Serve:

  • green onions,chopped
  • steamed rice


  1. In a deep skillet, add all ingredients except the oil. Heat up to a boil then turn down the heat to simmer for at least 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the chicken and set the sauce aside.

  2. Heat up the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken in batches on all sides for no more than 5 minutes per batch until golden brown. Set aside.

  3. Heat the sauce to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer over very low heat.

  4. Add the seared chickens and cook for roughly 35 minutes until cooked through.

  5. Turn the chickens occasionally and continue stewing for another 25 to 35 minutes or until your liquid has reduced to a syrup.

  6. Serve family-style or portion accordingly. Garnish with green onions and serve with rice!


  • Calories: 683.02kcal
  • Protein: 43.01g
  • Cholesterol: 211.82mg
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