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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!


Adobo Chicken

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Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marinate: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes



  • Place all of the ingredients in a bowl or Ziploc bag (for easier cleanup) and marinate chicken for 1 hour to overnight.
  • 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.
  • Uncover, raise the heat to medium high and allow the sauce to reduce for about 10 minutes.
  • Shred chicken thighs or serve whole over rice.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 590mg
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. 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!

  2. 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?

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

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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 🙂

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

  13. 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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