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Chicken Adobo (with Garlic)

Adobo is the most popular Filipino food, both in the Philippines and abroad. It is, for us, a taste of home. Check this recipe of Adobo with toasted garlic.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Servings: 4
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 1 pound chicken - cut into parts
  • 1/2 cup coconut vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium onion - sliced
  • 4 pieces bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn
  • 3-4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil


  • In a pot, combine all except the last two ingredients. Place the pot on the stove and boil at medium heat for about 20-30 minutes or until the meat is tender.
  • Then let it simmer for a few minutes more until the sauce is reduced into half and thickens. I usually prefer it when the meat is so tender it is almost falling off the bones and the sauce is really thick so I let it simmer until it reaches this phase. Another version of Adobo would stop in this step and that is fine.
  • In a pan or skillet, sauté garlic in hot oil until browned and crisp. Remove the browned garlic from pan and in the same oil, cook the chicken meat (without the sauce) for a few minutes (about 3-5 min) then add the sauce and simmer for another minute or two.
  • Place Chicken Adobo in serving plate and sprinkle with the browned garlic. Serve with steaming hot plain rice.


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1704mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4.4% | Vitamin C: 6.1% | Calcium: 4.2% | Iron: 12.8%