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How to Make a Traditional Chicken Adobo

Adobo is a classic Filipino dish that’s beloved for its deliciously tangy, savory and slightly sweet flavor. It’s a simple recipe that’s easy to make and can be adjusted to your personal taste preferences. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to make a traditional chicken adobo dish.


  • 2 lbs of chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the chicken to the pot and cook until browned on all sides. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, water, whole black peppercorns, and bay leaves to the pot. Stir everything together and bring to a boil.
  4. Once the mixture is boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Let it cook for about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. If you prefer a slightly sweet adobo, you can add a tablespoon of sugar to the pot. Stir to combine and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  6. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  7. Serve your adobo hot over a bed of steamed rice. You can also top it with sliced green onions or fried garlic for an extra burst of flavor.

Enjoy your delicious homemade adobo! This recipe serves about 4-6 people, depending on how much chicken you use. Adobo is a great dish to make in bulk, as it reheats well and tastes even better the next day. So, don’t be afraid to make a big batch and enjoy it for several meals.

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