Chicken Adobo is a popular Filipino dish known for its savory and slightly tangy flavor. It’s a cooking method that involves marinating meat, often chicken, pork, or a combination of both, in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, and black peppercorns. The marinated meat is then simmered until tender.

Chicken Adobo

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Chicken Adobo is a versatile dish, and variations exist based on regional preferences and family recipes. Some people prefer it with a bit more sauce, while others may reduce the liquid for a drier consistency. It’s often served with steamed rice and is a staple in Filipino cuisine.


  • 2 lbs chicken pieces (legs, thighs, or a combination)

  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly

  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and minced

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns (crushed)

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon oil (for sautéing)

  • 1 cup water

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Green onions or cilantro for garnish (optional)


  • In a bowl, combine the chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves.
  • Mix well to ensure the chicken is evenly coated.
  • Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour, or even overnight for more flavor.
  • Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.
  • Add the sliced onions and sauté until translucent.
  • Add the marinated chicken to the pot, including the marinade.
  • Cook for a few minutes until the chicken is browned on all sides.
  • Pour in 1 cup of water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Once the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened, remove the bay leaves.
  • Serve the Chicken Adobo over steamed rice.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro if desired.

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