Chicken Adobo is a classic Filipino dish that holds a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of many. This savory and tangy recipe is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of the Philippines. Whether you're a seasoned home cook or a food enthusiast eager to explore new flavors, this guide will help you create a delicious Chicken Adobo that's sure to impress.

Chicken Adobo


For the best Chicken Adobo, it's essential to use fresh, high-quality ingredients. Here's what you'll need:

  • Chicken (preferably a mix of thighs and drumsticks)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vinegar (preferably cane or white vinegar)
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Bay Leaves
  • Whole Black Peppercorns
  • Onion (optional, for added sweetness)
  • Sugar (optional, to balance the tanginess)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Water


Step 1: Preparing the Chicken

  1. Clean and cut the chicken into manageable pieces, trimming any excess fat.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels to ensure a good sear during cooking.

Step 2: Making the Marinade

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine:
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  1. Marinate the chicken in this mixture for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight for deeper flavor.

Cooking Process

Traditional Method:

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Sear the chicken pieces until they are golden brown, then set them aside.
  3. In the same pan, sauté minced garlic until fragrant.
  4. Add the marinated chicken back into the pan, along with the marinade.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through. If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the lid during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Modern Appliances:

Pressure Cooker:

  1. Follow steps 1-4 from the traditional method.
  2. Set the pressure cooker to high and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Release the pressure naturally before opening.

Slow Cooker:

  1. Follow steps 1-4 from the traditional method.
  2. Transfer everything to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

Tips for Perfect Adobo

  • Balance the Flavors: Adjust the soy sauce and vinegar to achieve your desired balance of salty and tangy.
  • Sweeten to Taste: Add a tablespoon of sugar if you prefer a slightly sweet undertone.
  • Customize: Feel free to add potatoes or boiled eggs for extra richness and texture.

Serving Suggestions

  • Traditional Pairing: Serve Chicken Adobo over steamed white rice to soak up all the flavorful sauce.
  • Garnishes: Top with freshly chopped green onions or fried garlic for added crunch and aroma.
  • Side Dishes: Pair with a simple vegetable stir-fry or a tangy cucumber salad to complement the rich flavors.


Chicken Adobo is more than just a meal; it's a culinary experience that brings people together. Give this recipe a try and share your own twists and variations. We'd love to hear about your experiences and see your delicious creations!

Happy cooking!

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