Filipino Chicken Adobo

The 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. When Span colonized the Philippines for over 300 years, they bought with them so many great things that Filipinos still use today, and one great example of this is Adobo. Though there are other delicious versions of Adobo, most Filipinos still prefer the simplest one. Aside from its ease of preparation, you can also use different ingredients like pork, beef, seafood or vegetables and still get the best out of it. Now, I want to teach you how to prepare and cook Philippine Adobo.

For this one, we will be using Chicken as our primary ingredient for making this delicious dish.

• 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.

Article and recipe written for Live To Eat by Joel Barrameda. Joel is a blogger, graphic designer and an article writer. He is a Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate who loves to cook and plans on starting a food blog. But for now, he is still developing a blog for graphic design and photography. Find out more and visit Joel’s blog here.

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