Chicken Adobo is often a Filipino style dish, and this savory recipe can be cooked up in no time!

This super easy recipe is cooked on the stovetop for a fragrant, hearty, one-pot entrée that will become a family and a crowd favorite!

Chicken Adobo on a plate

Adobo is not only a preparation method but also the name of the seasoning.

Adobo seasoning packets can be purchased, but why not make it from scratch? This particular recipe will cooks the chicken in a savory seasoning and sauce for maximum flavor.

Want to set it and forget it? Try this easy crockpot version that can be switched up for milder or stronger flavors depending on who’s enjoying it.

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Ingredients & Variations

CHICKEN This recipe can be made with chicken thighs, legs, or breasts, but for the most tender results, chicken thighs and drumsticks are the best choices!

Thighs and drumsticks are less expensive, and leaving the skin on adds extra flavor!

ADOBO SAUCE For a classic chicken adobo recipe, you will want to use the spices listed in the recipe below.

Want some heat? Kick the heat up a notch with the addition of chipotle chiles.
Don’t have cane vinegar? Opt for cider vinegar! While the flavor will change it is the best alternative to traditional cane vinegar.
Out of soy sauce? Swap it for a dark soy sauce, it will increase the saltiness of this recipe though. Silver Swan soy sauce is a traditional soy sauce that can be used in this dish. It is slightly sweeter than a traditional soy sauce.

Chicken browned for Chicken Adobo

How to Make Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo has a special flavor all its own, and it’s not hard to make it happen!

  1. Brown chicken in oil in a dutch oven.
  2. Saute the onion and add remaining ingredients.
  3. Top with the marinade and simmer until thickened and chicken is cooked.

Serve with white or brown rice, and don’t forget to top it with more of the yummy sauce!

Chicken Adobo with rice and green onion

What to Serve with Chicken Adobo

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to perfect sides.

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Chicken Adobo with rice and green onion
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Easy Chicken Adobo

This super easy recipe is cooked on the stovetop for a fragrant, hearty, one-pot entrée that will become a family favorite!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs or drumsticks (bone-in, skin-on)
  • ½ onion slivered
  • cup white cane vinegar
  • cup soy sauce reduced sodium
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves

Instructions 

  • Heat oil in a deep skillet. Add chicken and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and set aside. Add onion to the pan and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook covered for 30 minutes. Flip chicken, cover, and simmer an additional 20 minutes or until chicken is tender (keep an eye on the liquid and add a bit of water if needed).
  • Remove bay leaves and serve with rice and a drizzle of the sauce if desired.

Notes

For best results, use cane vinegar often found in the Asian aisle of your grocery store or online. Cider vinegar can be substituted.
Regular soy sauce or dark soy sauce can be substituted but will produce a saltier dish. Silver Swan soy sauce is a traditional soy sauce that can be used in this dish. It is slightly sweeter than a traditional soy sauce.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 326 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 1288mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine Filipino

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  1. Delicious. Followed recipe but used cider vinegar and low sodium soy sauce. Will add spice next time but not needed.5 stars

  2. In most traditional Filipino households, onions are not used. Rather garlic, peppercorn and bay leaves are the base. The protein is allowed to sit/marinade (the rest of the ingredients) for no more than 30 minutes before proceeding to cook. We don’t normally fry before stewing. However, there is another version of adobo (from the northern parts) wherein the cooked meat is fried in a little oil, without the sauce/marinade. Then again, another version does not even use soy sauce (white adobo version or adobo puti). Lastly, your version of adobo (sans onion) that adds a bit of coconut milk.

  3. This recipe looks good and easy. But you call it Adobo chicken. You also talk about the seasoning. But in the list for the ingredients there is no Adobo seasoning in the list of ingredients. I see bay leafs, peppercorns, soy sauce, garlic, white cane vinegar but no Adobo seasoning. So if there is no Adobo in it. Why is it called Adobo? Plus I did not find the listing on how to make your own Adobo seasoning and what goes in it. If you can let me know how to make the seasoning and how much goes in the recipe that would be great. Thanks!!

    1. Hi William, this recipe is making chicken adobo from scratch, using the ingredients listed! Yes, it’s that easy. Please read the post which will give you more information and enjoy the chicken.

    1. A lot of the sodium comes from the soy sauce and overall the dish has quite a salty flavor. This recipe uses low sodium soy sauce, I can’t say for sure how to reduce the sodium but would suggest checking the packages of the products you use for the lowest sodium versions.

    1. The information on cane vinegar is included in the notes of the recipe.

      For best results, use cane vinegar often found in the Asian aisle of your grocery store or online. Cider vinegar can be substituted.