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Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo

Despite its very few ingredients, this tasty recipe definitely doesn’t lack on flavour and comforting aromas! A delicious full-flavoured Filipino dish perfectly paired with Jasmine rice.

  • 31 - 60 Minutes
  • Easy
  • Serves 3

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Chicken Adobo




  • 2 pouches Tilda Steamed Jasmine Rice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 8 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 6 chicken thighs or legs with the bone in

How to make Chicken Adobo

  1. In a large deep-sided frying pan, add the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, peppercorns, sugar and bay leaves.

  2. Nestle the chicken pieces skin side down into the pan and simmer over a low heat.

  3. Bring the chicken pan up to the boil and then simmer, covered 20 minutes.

  4. Turn the chicken over and the cover and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the lid and increase the heat so the sauce can reduce down by half and thicken slightly.

  6. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to pack instructions and serve alongside the chicken adobo.

How long to simmer chicken adobo?

Chicken adobo is typically simmered for about 30 to 45 minutes to allow the flavours to develop and the chicken to become tender.

What is chicken adobo?

Chicken adobo is a popular Filipino dish made with chicken pieces marinated in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and spices. It is then simmered until tender and flavourful.

What to eat with chicken adobo?

Chicken adobo is often served with steamed white rice, which helps balance the richness of the dish. It pairs well with vegetables or a side salad to add freshness to the meal.

How to make chicken adobo sauce thicker?

To make the chicken adobo sauce thicker, you can continue simmering the dish without the lid for a bit longer until the liquid reduces and thickens. Alternatively, you can mix a small amount of cornstarch with water and add it to the sauce to thicken it.

Is chicken adobo spicy?

Chicken adobo is not inherently spicy, but it has a rich and savoury flavour with a slight tang from the vinegar. The level of spiciness can be adjusted by adding or reducing the number of chilli peppers or pepper flakes in the recipe.

What does adobo chicken taste like?

Adobo chicken has a savoury, tangy and slightly sweet taste with a depth of flavour from the marinade and the simmering process. The combination of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and spices creates a delicious and comforting dish.

Can you freeze chicken adobo?

Yes, you can freeze chicken adobo. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or freezer bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Defrost and reheat thoroughly before serving.