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Filipino Chicken Adobo

My mom always makes her saucy chicken adobo recipe when I come home to visit. I think it's even better the next day as leftovers—she says it's because of the vinegar. — Michael Moya, Taste of Home Senior Marketing Manager
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, smashed and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup water


  • In a shallow dish, combine the first 6 ingredients. Add chicken; refrigerate, covered, 20-30 minutes. Drain, reserving marinade. Pat chicken dry.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown chicken. Stir in water and reserved marinade. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until chicken is no longer pink and sauce is slightly reduced, 20-25 minutes. Discard bay leaf. If desired, serve chicken with cooking sauce.

Filipino Chicken Adobo Tips

What does chicken adobo taste like?

Chicken adobo is a very flavorful dish with a mildly sweet, tangy garlic and soy flavor. The acid in the vinegar breaks down the fibers in the chicken, making it very tender.

Why is it called adobo?

"Adobo" comes from the Spanish word "adobar," which means "marinate." In Filipino cuisine, the marinade for a chicken adobo recipe is traditionally vinegar-based. Serve this flavorful dish with a simple Almond Rice Pilaf or a Veggie Rice Bowl for color and flavor.

Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 234 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 1315mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein.


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  • Lady Fingers
    Mar 14, 2021

    Delicious! Don't be scared of the vinegar, but serve the sauce on the side -- the chicken is to moist and tender that we didn't end up pouring any on. I did add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the sauce, which pushed it just slightly in a sweet-n-sour direction. Nice that way too.

  • Julie
    Jan 11, 2021

    My family absolutely loves this without any changes. We have several times a month.

  • v
    Nov 18, 2020

    i didn't likes. 1 cup is too much vinegar! now, it is very sour

  • cory1111
    Nov 8, 2020

    This recipe is so easy and tastes great, I make it on a regular basis, my wife loves it.

  • David
    Sep 2, 2020

    Simple recipe with amazningly great flavors. We served with rice and the sauce was wonderful with the rice. Will do it again soon.

  • Jacob
    Aug 15, 2020

    I don't know about anybody else... But I love my Adobo with some large hardboiled eggs and chicken liver. Still an awesome recipe.

  • Cody
    Jul 8, 2020

    Great recipe! Wonderful recipe tastes like my grandpa made it! My family is from Cebu originally and this really hit the spot!

  • Geri
    Jul 5, 2020

    No comment left

  • John
    Jul 3, 2020

    I made this a second time. The first time, the taste of vinegar was too strong, so I put less this time and shortened the marinating period. Ended up perfect for me and my grandma.

  • Mia
    Jun 25, 2020

    The adobo is pretty good I like to add a bit of ginger cook a bit longer than on the recipe and used apple cider vinegar it’s not as intense as white vinegar