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Bursting with flavor, Filipino Chicken Adobo is easy to make, with simple ingredients- perfect for meal prep or weeknight dinners!

Chicken Adobo Recipe

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  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: main, chicken
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Savory and tangy with a hint of sweet, Chicken Adobo is quick and easy to make, and bursting with flavor! Perfect for weeknight dinners.


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  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed or finely minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoons black peppercorns or 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper.
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup or use brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 Fresno chili pepper or jalapeño, sliced thin or use pepper flakes
  • 2 green onions, sliced for garnish


  1. In a shallow bowl mix together vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns and maple syrup. Add chicken and let marinate for 1-3 hours.
  2. Drain the chicken, reserving the marinade. Heat up a pan with just enough oil to coat the bottom., brown the chicken in the hot pan about 3 minutes per side. 
  3. Add the reserve marinade back into the pan. If using a chili pepper add that in. Simmer the chicken in marinade uncovered until it almost completely reduces, about 15-20 minutes, more if needed. The chicken will be dark and glazed.
  4. Serve with green onions.


Chicken Adobo pairs so perfectly with Asian Cucumber Salad and Jasmine Rice.

White vinegar, white wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar all work. The flavor may sightly differ but not in a major way.


  • Serving Size: 1 large thigh
  • Calories: 113
  • Sugar: 4.9 g
  • Sodium: 475.1 mg
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.1 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 12.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 52.5 mg