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How to make a Killer filipino dish called Chicken Adobo ( one of my favorites)

Updated on September 10, 2013

Chicken Adobo

A simple, but delicious filipino recipe.
A simple, but delicious filipino recipe. | Source

A National Dish and it's history

Before i get into telling you how to make a killer recipe for chicken adobo i' d like to inform readers of a little history behind our national dish and where the word adobo actually originated.

You can basically find chicken adobo being cooked in every filipino household around, as far back as i can remember during my childhood days when my grandmother use to cook this dish for us till my adult days the recipe has pretty much been the same and consisted pretty much the same basic ingredients. Adobo is typically serve best with rice and that is how most filipinos eat it.

When the Spaniards invaded the Philippines in the 16th century they adapted to the way of life in the country and observed the populations way of cooking chicken as kind of unorthodox and new. They referred to this method as Adobo which means to marinate the ingredients in spanish.

To marinate, it's the secret process to this dish and it's what makes it so delicious.

Lets Get Cooking !

Ok now that you know a little history behind this dish it's time to get our ingredients together and get cooking. In the end you will have mastered the art of cooking adobo and hopefully you will have an aromatic, delicious and flavorful Chicken Adobo dish in front of you after this tutorial.

So lets get started, below are the cooking apparatus and ingredients you will need to complete this dish.

  • A wok, skillet, or crock pot and a container to marinate all the ingredients in.
  • something to stir the ingredients with.

The following list are the ingredients you will need for this dish.

  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 ( 3lb ) chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 large onion cut into quarters and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup of vinegar
  • 2/3 cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Before we begin it is important that i mention to add all the ingredients in along with the chicken into a container big enough to house everything in to marinate. Now depending on how long you want everything to marinate is totally up to you but i recommend marinating all the ingredients overnight for maximum flavor ( believe me it's worth it).

OK so i' m assuming at this stage the chicken has been marinated so lets get started.


1. heat the skillet medium to high heat and pour the vegetable oil in.

2. pour the marinated ingredients into the skillet and let the chicken brown on both sides and then remove them from the skillet and place them separately saving them for later.

3. throw in the garlic and onion in the skillet until they are brown and tender and caramelized for 6 minutes.

4. put the chicken back and pour the vinegar and soy sauce and season with black pepper and the bay leaf.

5. increase the heat to high and bring to a boil and, reduce heat to medium- low and cover, all the while letting the chicken simmer until the chicken is tender and fully cooked. This process takes about 35-45 minutes

After that you're all ready to serve and eat and don't forget about the rice ! after all what's a good chicken adobo dish without some white rice ?

I hope you enjoyed cooking with me and hope you share this recipe with friends and family members!

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The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-From Food Blog, to Food Truck, and Beyond

Farberware Classic 17-Piece Tool and Gadget Set

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Oceanstar Bamboo Cooking Utensil Set, 7-Piece

This is a perfect set of Food storage unit to store your extra food in, leftovers are always the best and I was always told that it is never good to throw or waste food.


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    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never heard of chicken adobo, it looks and sounds delicious. I will attempt this recipe. thank you. and thank you for the follow.

    • Lyricalvibes profile imageAUTHOR

      Reza Vergara 

      5 years ago from Orange County, CA.

      @ Thelma no problem, and thank you for taking your time to stop by looking forward to reading more of your content.

      @ jack yes you're right, there's no sure way of cooking chicken adobo every family seems to have their own recipe but all of them taste real good.

      I lived in chicago for 7 yrs and have tasted some pretty good adobo over there, well chicago in general is a melting pot of all kinds of people with the knowledge of how to cook great food. I loved going to Taste of Chicago.

    • Jack Burton profile image

      Jack Burton 

      5 years ago from The Midwest

      Adobo is kind of like chili in America.... every Filipino family has their own, special recipe and swears that it is the best in the world. :-)

      You can tell that because there are about 1,000 hubs on how to prepare the meal, including one from me and I am a white boy from southern Illinois. And all of them are probably delicious.

      It is highly addictive and once you start eating it you will be hooked for the rest of your life.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy! I love chicken adobo. It´s a long time now since I have eaten this food. Thanks for reminding me about chicken adobo and for following me. Have a great day with your young family;-)


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