Chicken Adobo (Filipino Braised Chicken)

Chicken Adobo (Filipino Braised Chicken)

This chicken adobo, “adobong manok,” formula will give you splendid, peppery, and flavorful delicate chicken that feels like a warm embrace it shows signs of improvement when you blend the adobo “sabaw,” or soup, with new steamed rice. It’s an exemplary Filipino solace food that is anything but difficult to make at home for anytime.

It’s no big surprise it’s one of the Philippines’ most popular dishes simply like chicken inasal and pork BBQ sticks!


Not to be mixed up with Spanish style adobo that utilizes paprika and oregano, this Filipino form is something totally unique. Filipino adobo is indigenous to the Philippines and every area has its own form, similar to pork adobo, fish adobo, shrimp adobo, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

At the point when Spanish colonizers saw this cooking technique, they saw how Filipinos utilized vinegar to marinate meat, which was like the Spanish expression for marinating or pickling, “adobar.” They named it “adobar de los naturales” or adobo of the locals. The incorporation of soy sauce was affected by Chinese travelers later on.

Filipino adobo regularly tastes acrid, pungent, and somewhat sweet contrasted with Spanish adobo, which can be spicier and offers an alternate flavor profile dependent on the spices and flavors utilized like paprika.

Chicken adobo is presumably one of the most mainstream and notable variants of adobo. For this formula, I like to remain with the conventional, basic fixings that give probably the most tasty, delicate bits of chicken.

Adobo is essentially a cooking cycle and dish that can incorporate meats and vegetables that are marinated and cooked in a mix of vinegar, soy sauce, pepper, and garlic. Numerous districts include various fixings as well, similar to coconut milk or even turmeric. Chicken adobo is very like Vietnamese braised pork thịt kho, however with venegar and a more peppery kick.

The vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most significant elements for this formula and I would truly prescribe setting off to your nearby Filipino or Asian market to purchase pure sweetener vinegar, as Datu Puti Sukang Maasim.

Natural sweetener vinegar contrasts from white refined vinegar since it’s somewhat not so much acidic but rather more smooth, while white refined vinegar has a sharp and overly impactful flavor profile. While you can utilize white refined vinegar in chicken adobo, the sharp flavor may come out excessively solid and you should change the sum utilized in a formula.

In the event that you can’t discover unadulterated sweetener vinegar close by, you can likewise substitute with white wine vinegar rather in light of the fact that it has a comparable corrosiveness and flavor profile.

Chicken and marinade

I like to eat party wings and drumsticks for this formula since I love eating bone-in chicken pieces (better flavor and fattier). These pieces likewise cook quicker when braising in a stew. You can likewise utilize different bits of chicken like thighs, my sweetheart’s mother hacks up an entire chicken into littler pieces–no loss there! Contingent upon the thickness of various pieces, you may need to alter the cooking time–simply check for delicacy and inward temperature while braising.

Marinating the chicken is likely one of the most significant pieces of the adobo cycle since it assists with enhancing and soften the meat. While I’ve seen plans promote a 30 moment marinating measure, I’ve marinated numerous chicken plans (chicken karaage, Korean singed chicken, and cà ri gà) to realize that the more you marinate chicken, the better the flavor. For this formula, I marinate the chicken for in any event 3 hours to get a decent measure of flavor, notwithstanding, I would marinate for the time being on the off chance that I had sufficient opportunity.



  • 2 lb chicken wings and drumsticks
  • 3 tbsp cane sugar vinegar Datu Puti brand preferably
  • ¼ c soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp garlic (about 10 cloves) minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp peppercorns


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 ¾ c water

Cooking tips

Here are some tips for cooking chicken adobo:

  • Marinate the chicken for at any rate 3 hours. The more you marinate the chicken, the better the flavor will be before it’s cooked.
  • Keep the marinating fluid to use for braising, yet in addition add enough water to your pot so it’s somewhat above chicken and it can braise appropriately. You need to watch the pot to mix at times, trial, and include more water if fundamental. Be cautious when blending in order to not break the chicken meat from tumbling off the bone.
  • On the off chance that you view that your adobo tastes as too vinegary and still needs to cook, include one teaspoon of earthy colored sugar to change and afterward taste once more. Rehash if vital.
  • It’s hard to fix an oversalted stew, so start off by underseasoning and realize that your fluid will diminish. You can add water to weaken it, yet realize this fix will make the stew more liquidy than might be proposed.
  • In the same way as other Filipino plans, chicken adobo is best presented with hot, steaming rice. The solid kind of chicken adobo matches so well with the light kind of rice.



Prep your chicken. In the event that you have wings, try to isolate the pieces between the level and the drumstick to make for simpler cooking.

In a blending bowl, join the vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, straight leaf, and peppercorns. Include the chicken and blend so each piece is secured with the marinade. Move chicken and marinade sauce into an impermeable holder and spot it in the refrigerator for in any event 3 hours. The more you marinade, the better the flavor is imbued into the chicken. The best chicken adobo I’ve had was marinated for the time being.


  • Move the chicken from the ice chest to the counter around 20-30 minutes before cooking.
  • Warmth a pot over medium warmth and include the vegetable oil. Earthy colored the chicken for around one moment on each side or until the skin turns a light earthy colored. On the off chance that you can’t brown the chicken simultaneously, you can do this in clusters and move the sautéed pieces on a plate and put in a safe spot.
  • In the wake of cooking the pieces, place all the chicken into the pot and include the extra marinating fluid (remember the cove leaf).
  • Include the water and dull earthy colored sugar into the pot and mix. The water level ought to be correct where the head of the chicken compasses, however not over the chicken.
  • Raise the warmth to medium-high (320 °F) and heat the fluid to the point of boiling for around ten seconds and afterward bring down the warmth medium-low (260 °F) with the goal that it stews. Spread with the top and stew for 20 minutes.
  • Eliminate the top, mix the substance, and take the warmth up back to medium (300 °F) heat revealed to diminish the fluid for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Check the temperature of the chicken to ensure it arrives at 160 °F. Trial and modify the soup dependent on your inclination, it ought to be flavorful, tart, and have enough pungency. Recollect this is intended to be eaten with rice to adjust it.
  • Tips: If your chicken adobo is excessively pungent, add each tablespoon of water to weaken in turn and taste once more. On the off chance that your chicken adobo is excessively tart or has a lot of vinegar flavor for your preferring, take a stab at including one teaspoon of dull earthy colored sugar and taste once more.
  • Serve promptly with rice.

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