• Gary Corcoran

Chicken Adobo

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

Adobo is a popular Filipino dish that involves chicken or meat marinated in vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, soy sauce, pepper and sugar. It's a simple dish and countless versions abound. Here is my take on it.

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo

Serves 4


1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or plain white vinegar

1/2 cup good soy sauce like Tamari

7 bay leaves

5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 T brown sugar

1 t fish sauce

1 t red pepper flakes

A dash or two of cayenne pepper

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs

2 T olive oil

2 large onions, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 cup boiling water

Mix the first 8 ingredients together in a bowl. Add chicken and let marinade for at least 1/2 an hour or overnight.

Heat a heavy-bottom pot or cast-iron pan on medium high heat for about one minute. Add oil and brown chicken pieces for a minute or so per side. You are not looking to cook the chicken, just brown a little. Sear in two batches. Remove to bowl with your marinade.

Now add onion and sauté for a few minutes till soft. Add chicken back to pan and pour the marinade over your chicken. Add water and stir to combine. Cook for 18 - 20 minutes till sauce has thickened a little, turning chicken a couple of times. Serve with your favourite rice dish like Thai sticky rice.


Note: if using bone-in chicken, cook for an additional 6 - 8 minutes.

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