Basic Chicken Adobo

    1 hour 15 minutes

    Adobo is a Filipino cooking style which uses vinegar, soy sauce and whole black peppercorns for a lovely blend of piquant flavours.

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    Serves: 5 

    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
    • 1 cup (250ml) white vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
    • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 whole chicken (1 - 1 1/2 kg), cut into pieces
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. In a large pot, combine the water, vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns, garlic and salt. Mix together, then add the chicken pieces and simmer over low heat (uncovered) until chicken is cooked through and tender (25 to 35 minutes).
    2. Remove chicken from pot and brown in oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
    3. Return chicken, with oil/juices, back to pot with reserved sauce. Cover and simmer over medium heat until desired amount of sauce is yielded – approx another 15 mins.

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    I'm Filipino-Amer. and I like to try other adobo recipes. This recipe needed some adjustments to it. Salt didn't need to be added because the soysauce is salty enough-the water didn't need to be added because it waters down the flavor and adding 1 to 2 bay leaves are a big part of this recipe. There are also several variations to cooking this recipe. Traditional stove top cooking can be messy so baking is great, leave the skin side up and broil for 10 mins, crunchy chicken skin is "ono" (delicious) and the crockpot is the other alternative cooking method. For those of us who work and just want to come home and EAT. I hope this was helpful : )  -  12 Oct 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I've watched my Filipino friends countless times fix Chicken Adobo. This recipe is very good. I personally skin whole pieces of chicken and place them in a baking pan. Mix up the vinegar/soy sauce/juice of one lime/5 bay leaves/4 pods of minced garlic/ 1/3 cup of cooking oil and water.. like a marinade. Then pour this mixture over the chicken.. cover and bake. The chicken comes out VERY tender and full of flavor. The juices in the pan are used as a topping to hot jasmine rice. This is a one pan dish in our house and fixed at least 3 times a month!  -  16 Oct 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Chicken Adobo is delicious when it's done well, and I learned while working in a Filipino restaurant. The chef uses sherry vinegar instead of plain. While the dish is generally characterized by saltiness (Filipinos love salty and sweet flavors), it shouldn't be overwhelmingly salty so you should be able to cut the salt. The sherry vinegar really makes it special.  -  12 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)