Chicken Adobo

Flavorful Chicken Adobo made with incredibly tender chicken thighs and a tangy vinegar and rich soy based sauce. The chicken is browned then cooks right in the sauce for plenty of time to absorb all those delicious flavors. It’s the perfect easy chicken dinner recipe!

Chicken adobo chicken thigh on a plate over rice garnished with green onions.

What is Chicken Adobo?

Chicken adobo is one of the most popular Filipino dishes, and it seems as though everyone has their own way of making it. Bone-in skin-on chicken pieces are braised in a super simple sauce made up of minimal ingredients yet it packs a flavorful punch.

You’ll always find soy sauce and vinegar in the dish. Then in authentic adobo there’s usually garlic, bay leaves and black peppercorns. Then not always standard is sugar. I personally think the sugar is a must to balance the salt and acidity of the sauce. I’ve made it without and it’s not near as good.

What About Marinating or Browning?

Sometimes chicken is marinated in the sauce, other times that step is skipped. I skip it because I think it has enough time to soak up flavor while cooking. Frequently you’ll find chicken is browned first in adobo, other recipes just add raw thighs right to the sauce mixture and simmer. But why not brown it to add more flavor?

Then you’ll find variations on the ingredients used for example the type of vinegar can vary from cane vinegar, to coconut vinegar or palm vinegar. And some people like to add a vegetable right to the dish while simmering such as potatoes and onions.

And as far as the soy sauce goes, for me I find full strength soy sauce to be overwhelmingly salty so I like to use half regular and half low-sodium.

The great thing about this dish is that it’s pretty forgiving so ingredients can be adjusted to taste. I the idea is to stick to the staple ingredients and to have plenty of sauce so the chicken ends up nicely seasoned and then there’s extra sauce to serve over rice.

I highly recommend this recipe, not only will the whole family enjoy it but it’s a breeze to prepare! Then just serve it with white or brown rice and a steamed vegetable to complete the easy meal. View the Recipe

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