Filipino Chicken Adobo


Perhaps the most famous dish in the Filipino repertoire, chicken adobo has as many versions as there are cooks in the Philippines. Some recipes omit garlic, others add coconut milk, some feature brothy sauce, and others reduce that liquid to an intense glaze. Try this healthy recipe first (with plenty of white rice), then the next time around, go wild.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
5 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 5 chicken drumsticks (about 1 3/4 pounds)

  • 5 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1 3/4 pounds)

  • 1 large yellow onion, quartered and sliced 1/4 inch thick

  • 8 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 5 bay leaves

  • ¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1 cup cane vinegar (see Tips) or unseasoned rice vinegar

  • cup reduced-sodium soy sauce


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat until it starts to shimmer. Add drumsticks and cook until brown on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add thighs to the pot and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to the plate with the drumsticks.

  2. Add onion, garlic, bay leaves and peppercorns to the pot; cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic just begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add vinegar and soy sauce and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits. Return the chicken to the pot and turn to coat with the sauce. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is very tender, about 1 hour.

  3. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook, stirring often, until reduced by about one-third, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve the chicken with the sauce.


Tips: Although cane vinegar is made from fermented sugarcane syrup, it's not sweet. It is fresh, light and less sharp than other vinegars. Find it at Asian markets or online.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

432 Calories
27g Fat
6g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 432
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 40g 80%
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 219mg 73%
Vitamin A 81IU 2%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Folate 13mcg 3%
Sodium 756mg 33%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 47mg 11%
Potassium 509mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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