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Chicken Adobo Recipe

A hearty one-pot dish that is equal parts tangy, sweet, and salty, Chicken Adobo is simple to make and has endless variations, depending on the family and the part of the Philippines where it's made. Consider my recipe a solid base for your own mouth-watering version as you make this dish again and again.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings, 2 pieces each
Calories 995kcal


  • 1 head garlic sliced in half horizontally
  • 2 green chiles such as serrano or jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 8 chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, bone-in and skin-on
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • ¾ cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 5 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar light or dark
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked white rice for serving, optional


  • Heat 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium. Add chicken skin side down and cook, lifting pieces with tongs once or twice toward the end to let hot fat flow underneath, until fat is rendered and skin is crisp and golden brown, 7–10 minutes. Transfer skin side up to a plate. Because drumsticks are covered entirely in skin, you can brown both sides, but it’s not necessary.
  • Add ¾ cup vinegar, ¾ cup soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, 5 bay leaves, and reserved garlic and sliced chile to Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low, stirring to dissolve sugar. Season generously with pepper.
  • Return chicken to pot skin side up. Cover and cook chicken very gently, adjusting heat to maintain a bare simmer and turning pieces once, until meat is very tender and pulling away from the bone (but not so tender that it’s falling apart), 35–40 minutes.
  • While chicken is simmering, cook 1 cup rice in a medium pot according to package directions. Transfer chicken to a clean plate. Increase heat to medium-high and boil braising liquid, shaking pot often, until liquid has formed a rich sauce thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and return chicken to pot, turning to coat in sauce.
  • Serve chicken and sauce over rice. Thinly slice remaining chile and scatter over, then season with more pepper.


Adapted from Bon Appetit.


Calories: 995kcal