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filipino chicken adobo

Filipino Chicken Adobo

Filipino Chicken Adobo is a savory Asian dish marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and spices. It’s then simmered down to a delicious glaze that penetrates deeply into the meat. Addictive and delicious served over hot white rice!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Filipino Chicken Adobo
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 554kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Marinade:
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Garnish:
  • Chopped green onions


  • In a large bowl dish, combine the marinade ingredients. Add chicken, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  • Next, drain, reserving the marinade, and pat dry chicken with paper towels.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat and brown chicken well. Set aside.
  • Add onion and cook until very tender, 5-6 minutes.
  • Add garlic, and brown sugar, stir, and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add 1 cup of water and the reserved marinade. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Add back the chicken into the sauce, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, until chicken is no longer pink and sauce is slightly reduced, for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Discard bay leaves when done cooking.
  • Serve chicken with cooking sauce and rice.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions.


Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 2129mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg