Adobo Chicken – one of the easiest chicken dishes ever!

Adobo Chicken - The Sweet Road

My dear friend, Christine L., introduced this chicken-and-rice dish to us a few years ago, and we’ve made it countless times since then. It’s perfect for when you want something hearty for dinner, but don’t feel like putting in too much effort: it’s extremely easy to put together, you just throw everything into the pot and let it simmer. For a healthy side, add a steamed or stir-fried vegetable. At different times, we’ve had it with carrots, zucchini, spinach, or broccoli. Adobo Chicken is also a great sick-day dish – if you don’t feel like making chicken noodle soup, try making this instead.

Adobo Chicken in the pot - The Sweet Road

Adobo Chicken
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Filipino
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Serves: 3 - 4
  • 1- 2 teaspoons olive, peanut, or vegetable oil
  • - 1 onion, chopped
  • - 1- 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • - 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • - 4-6 Chicken Thighs OR 2 Chicken Breasts
  • - ½ cup vinegar
  • - 4 cups chicken broth OR water
  • - ¼ cup soy sauce
  • - Black pepper to taste
  • - 1-2 bay leaves
  • - 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  1. If you're using chicken thighs, remove the skin on some or all of the thighs to cut down on fat (optional). If you're using chicken breasts, cut each breast in half.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a sauté pan or medium stockpot. Sauté onions, garlic, and ginger. Brown the chicken. Add everything else and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, covered, until chicken is as tender as you like. This usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
  3. Remove bay leaves and ginger. Add salt and more pepper and/or soy sauce to taste. Serve with hot cooked rice and your choice of steamed or stir-fried vegetable. If you used chicken thighs, you can also refrigerate the dish and then skim off the fat before reheating and serving.


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