Unless you're a vegetarian, I'd wager one of your weekly purchases at the grocery is chicken. I always pick up a pack of skinless boneless breasts, but week after week of the same ho hum preparation, while comfortable, can be a bit boring. Using just a few ingredients I already had on hand, I started adding this adobo preparation to my chicken repertoire and it was an instant hit.

There are numerous styles of adobo marinades from around the world, but this process follows a more traditional Filipino recipe which involves stewing the chicken thighs in vinegar. Soy sauce and a few spices add a ton of flavor and help create a delicious, tender meat.

On those days when you're looking for a bit more zip and zing at dinner time using just a handful of ingredients from your pantry, try this Adobo Chicken over steamed rice for happy faces all around!


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Adobo Chicken (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 40 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1.5-2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 1/4 Cup white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Small Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Dried bay leaves


1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl or Ziploc bag (for easier cleanup) and marinate chicken for 1 hour to overnight.
2. Place all the ingredients in a medium size pot, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Uncover, raise the heat to medium high and allow the sauce to reduce for about 10 minutes.
4. Shred chicken thighs or serve whole over rice.
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  • Makai

    Thanks for the Filipino recipe! I am Filipino and have struggled with adobo for years as I attempted to replicate my dad's recipe. His was so difficult because it was one of those \"add a pinch of this, about this much of that, a dash of this...\" and I just couldnt get it so i decided to buy a Filipino cookbook and that was a slightly different version of adobo although delish in its own right.

    I'll try your recipe next time! And I like Michelle's post about brown sugar, beer, and ginger--mmmmm!

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  • Jodie

    O.M.G. This is SO GOOD!!! Made this on Friday using chicken breasts, and can't wait to have it again!

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  • TanyaW

    Thanks for posting an adobo recipe! I'm 1/2 Filipino and my little towheaded 1/4 Filipino son loves adobo. I think every Filipino will agree that their mom/dad's recipe is the best out there :)

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  • Lee Anne

    what do you recommend serving w/ it? (for a well balanced meal.)

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    • Catherine

      I would serve it with some steamed vegetables on the side with rice :)

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  • Lori Ann

    Made this for dinner tonight with brown rice and your roasted coin carrots. I used bone-in leg & thighs. It was delicious! Usually my DH is the chef and he was amazed when he tasted the chicken, loved it, and asked \"what's in it?\" that I was able to recite the ingredients, since there were so few! Thanks for the tasty and easy recipe.

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  • sljg71

    So easy! I think I have made this 3 or 4 times. I triple the liquids so we can have a thin gravy for rice. My family loves this!

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  • Joyce

    This is so easy and delicious! And everyone will have all the ingredients to this already in their cupboard.

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  • Simone

    I replaced the soy sauce with Brag and it was very tasty.

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  • Rebecca

    Is there a reason why I can't marinate the chicken in the pot I'm going to cook it in? Just wondering... Thanks so much!

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  • rcunningham23

    Made this for dinner tonight and my three picky eaters absolutely loved it. So easy to put together! A definite keeper, Thank you!

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  • laura520

    Catherine, this looks great! I can't wait to try with my 8 yr old. I love that you include many authentic recipes for kids to try. I like serving dinner from other regions. That's not to say I don't enjoy the good mac n' cheese too!

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  • laura520

    I was about to make this for dinner tonight, but I am out of bay leaves! Is there anything else I can sub for close to the Adobo flavor?

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  • Tamara

    Wow--- I was shocked at how delicious this recipe was based on its humble ingredients. And ridiculously easy. My 2.5 year olds gobbled it up! Thanks!

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  • GAinFL

    I'd love to try this recipe but am a bit unsure. It seems there is not enough liquid to boil after marinating the chicken - it's less than half a cup for 1.5-2 lb chicken. One post mentioned tripling the liquid to have some sauce for rice. I guess I can at least double the liquids to make sure there is enough to boil and cook the chicken...

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