Chicken Adobo

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A popular chicken dish originating from the Philippines. Rich in taste and unique in flavor. This dish gives you an experience you can’t miss.

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What’s the main process in this dish?

Marinating the chicken in vinegar, soya sauce, and black pepper. This gives the chicken a unique taste once it is prepared.

Would this be too sweet?

It’s the right combination of sugar, salt, and sour that makes this dish a blast in our mouth. All the ingredients are added for that perfect yet special taste.

Are there other methods of preparing chicken adobo?

Yes. There are many ways. Another very common and distinct way is the Spanish/Mexican style. It is less sweet and has different ingredients added instead like oregano.

What is chicken adobo best served with?

A bowl of rice. Mashed potatoes. Or even make it desi with a roti. You can also go green with a salad. It all comes down to your preference. 

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Chicken Adobo

Course: Main CourseCuisine: World Cuisine, PhilippineDifficulty: Medium


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Enjoy the simple & easy to follow tutorials by Urban Teapot and make delicious Chicken Adobo at home!


  • Marinating the chicken
  • 1/2 kg Chicken

  • 3 tbsp Soya sauce

  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder

  • 3 tbsp Vinegar

  • Preparing the chicken adobo
  • 5 tbsp Cooking oil

  • 1 pc Onion

  • 6 pc Garlic cloves

  • 3 pc Bay leaf

  • 1 tsp Black peppercorns

  • 1/2 tsp Lemon zest

  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup Water


  • Marinating the Chicken
  • Into a bowl add soya sauce 3 tbsp, vinegar 3 tbsp, black pepper powder 1 tsp, chicken 1/2 kg – stir everything properly – let the chicken marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Preparing the chicken adobo
  • Into a heating pot, pour cooking oil 3 tbsp and start adding the marinated chicken into the oil to fry.
  • Fry each side of the chicken for 5 minutes on medium to high heat.
  • Take out the fried chicken on a plate and keep it aside.
  • After this into a heating pot add cooking oil 2 tbsp, chopped onion 1 pc – fry the onions till it becomes translucent on medium heat.
  • Add chopped garlic 6 cloves and cook it until the raw garlic smell goes off.
  • Add bay leaf 3 pc and cook it for 2-3 minutes on medium-high heat.
  • Add fried chicken and leftover marinated sauce into the pot and mix well.
  • Add black peppercorns 1 tsp, brown sugar 1 tbsp, lemon zest 1/2 tsp, water 1/2 cup into it.
  • Cover with lid and let it cook for 20 minutes on low heat.
  • After, open the lid and cook the sauce of chicken for 6-7 minutes on high heat – to make the gravy thicker.
  • Switch off and serve the delicious chicken adobo.

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  • You can also use particular Philippine soya sauce and sugarcane vinegar instead of the simple ones.
  • You can marinate the chicken overnight.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 20.9g 33%
    • Saturated Fat 3.6g 18%
  • Cholesterol 96mg 32%
  • Sodium 760mg 32%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 342mg 10%
  • Total Carbohydrate 8.1g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.1g 5%
    • Sugars 3.7g
  • Protein 37.7g 76%
  • Calcium 3%
  • Iron 10%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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