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Chicken Adobo: A Special Recipe

Updated on May 21, 2013
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Adobo's Universal Taste Appeal

Adobo is one of the famous Filipino dishes and often times dubbed as the Philippine's national dish. The 'global' popularity of this dish can perhaps be attributed to the many overseas Filipino workers who leave the Philippines and bring their own version of this recipe abroad and eventually introducing them to their foreign colleagues or fellow expats. Added to this, there is also the growing interest by international travel media in Philippine food lately.

Anyway, this particular Adobo recipe is a resulting amalgamation of my observations of other people preparing the dish. I took some techniques from each and then bound together as a single recipe which proved to be a success owing to its 'universal taste appeal', a lousy description I coined after foreign friends from the US to Europe raved about the dish after tasting it.

The conventional Adobo recipe is to put all the ingredients (meat, soy sauce, water, garlic, pepper and oil) in a pot and then cook. While this recipe is fine, there's actually other things you can do to elevate it further in terms of taste and refinement. Precisely, this is how my resulting recipe is all about. Techniques like stir frying the meat in onions and adding sugar or deep frying the potato before adding it are some of those things I borrowed from others and incorporate it this recipe.

Chicken as my meat of choice is for the very reason that it's healthier and easier to cook compared to pork, another popular meat used in Adobo.

Without much ado, here is a chicken recipe which you should try at home.

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the resulting dish served with riceingredientsstir-frying the chicken in onions, sprinkled with brown sugarputting the soy sauce, vinegar, & pepper corns
the resulting dish served with rice
the resulting dish served with rice
stir-frying the chicken in onions, sprinkled with brown sugar
stir-frying the chicken in onions, sprinkled with brown sugar
putting the soy sauce, vinegar, & pepper corns
putting the soy sauce, vinegar, & pepper corns

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 2-3 people


  • 300 grams chicken breast, cut into big cubes
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 big onion, sliced thinly
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 10 pcs pepper corns
  • 4 pcs bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 5 pcs potato, cut into half and deep fried

What to do?

  1. Prepare all ingredients. Cut the meat and sprinkle salt. Slice the onions. Crush the cloves of garlic. Deep fry the potatoes and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions until it produces aroma. Put the meat and sprinkle sugar. Put garlic. Mix well and then cover. Leave it to cook for 12 mins in medium heat.
  3. Once the meat is almost cooked, put soy sauce, vinegar, pepper corns and bay leaves. Cover and let it cook for another 8 mins.
  4. Add the deep fried potatoes and mix it with the sauce. Let the dish rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. The dish is normally served with rice.

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