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Easy Chicken Adobo

Dan Goldberg
Total time 45 mins

Makes 4 servings

Inspired by the Philippine national dish, this Easy Chicken Adobo uses a simple blend of garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce to give chicken a zingy boost. Traditional adobo sauces are commonly enriched with coconut milk, and the dish is frequently made with pork. But for everyday cooking, we like this lighter, simpler chicken recipe. Serve with rice. This is the perfect dinner for spicing up your usual routine. 


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf

Nutrition Information

  • calories 251
  • caloriesfromfat 35 %
  • protein 34 g
  • fat 9.9 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • carbohydrate 5.7 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • sodium 1501 mg
  • cholesterol 138 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, then turn over and cook an additional 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

  2. Pour off all but 1 tbsp. of pan drippings and return pan to low heat. Add garlic and sauté until soft, about 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients and stir to incorporate. Return chicken to pan and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.

  3. Uncover, increase heat to medium-low and cook 15 to 20 minutes more, occasionally spooning sauce over chicken, until sauce thickens a bit and chicken is tender and nicely glazed with sauce. Remove bay leaf before eating.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Cook's Notes

Add honey, lime, cilantro, or jalapeño for some extra kick. This dish can also be made in a crock pot if you prefer a slow-cooker meal. Serving with rice helps to offset the saltiness of this dish. If you find yourself with leftovers, the meat would make for excellent tacos the next day.