Chicken Adobo

Katrina Roubedeaux


This is a comfort food for me. I was raised eating this dish; however, everybody in my family seems to make it their own way. It took me a few years to figure out how I liked best. This is my perfected version.

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15 Min
40 Min
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Family pkg
chicken legs and thighs
2 Tbsp
olive oil
2 Tbsp
sesame oil
1 medium
yellow onion (halved and sliced)
7 clove
garlic (halved and smashed)
fresh ground pepper
bay leaves
1 1/2 c
soy sauce, low sodium
1 1/2 c
apple cider vinegar
32 oz
beef broth
3 Tbsp
1 (8 oz) can(s)
tomato sauce

How to Make Chicken Adobo


  • 1In a large, heavy bottom sauce pan, on medium heat, sauté onions in the olive and sesame oils until onions are translucent.
  • 2Add the garlic and bay leaves to the sautéed onions. Be careful not to burn the garlic; stir the onions and garlic together until the garlic is heated through and fragrant. With a slotted spoon remove the onions, garlic, and bay leaves and set aside.
  • 3Remove the chicken pieces from the package and generously ground fresh peppercorns over the chicken.
  • 4Add the chicken to the oil mixture and brown evenly. Be sure to only brown approximately four pieces of chicken at a time. The idea is to brown the outside not steam the chicken.
  • 5Once all of the chicken has been browned, return the all the chicken to the pot. Cover the chicken with the onions, garlic, and bay leaves mixture.
  • 6In a large measuring cup, mix the soy sauce and vinegar.
  • 7Pour the soy sauce and apple cider vinegar mixture over the chicken.
  • 8Pour the beef broth over the chicken.
  • 9Sprinkle the sugar over the top and mix the ingredients together.
  • 10Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a low medium. I like to leave a vent to allow the steam out.
  • 11When the chicken cooks through add a can of tomato sauce. Mix the tomato sauce into the liquid. Allow the sauce to come up to a boil. Allow the adobo boil for about 2-3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Over cooking the chicken will make it dry.
  • 12Serve over steamed rice.

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About Chicken Adobo

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Filipino
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Dairy Free, Low Carb
Hashtags: #adobo, #Filipino food

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