Chicken Adobo

Adobo is a popular dish in the Philippines as well as many other countries. Adobo is actually a Spanish terminology for marinade, sauce or seasoning.


• 2 lbs / 1 kg. of chicken cut into serving pieces
• 3 dried bay leaves
• 4 tbsp. Soy Sauce
• 2 tbsp. Vinegar
• 2 large potatoes, cut into medium cubes
• 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
• 1 to 2 cups of water
• ¼ cup cooking oil (optional)
• ½ tbsp. white sugar
• 1 tsp whole black pepper corns.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, the vinegar and the crashed garlic cloves. Stir add the chicken pieces and marinade in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a frying pan, add the cooking oil and apply medium heat.
  3. When the oil is hot enough, add all the chicken pieces and fry both sides for about 5 minutes each.
  4. Once the chicken is done, add the remaining marinade and the water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add the potato cubes and let it boil for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Add the dried bay leaves and black pepper (peppercorn). Simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes until the chicken is tender.
  7. Add 1 to 2 tbsp. of vinegar. Stir occasionally for about 5 to 10 minutes while still on a medium heat.
  8. Once done, take it all out of the pan and put it in one large serving dish and serve while hot.
  9. Serve with steamed rice.

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