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Filipino Chicken Adobo

Filipino chicken adobo features tender marinated chicken braised in a sweet and tangy sauce of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and pepper.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Course: main dishes
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6
Author: Kevin



  • Place the chicken pieces in a large container or plastic, sealable bag.
  • In a bowl mix together the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, peppercorns, garlic cloves and bay leaves. Pour this mixture over the chicken, turning to coat and seal. Refrigerate overnight or minimum 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Place the chicken and marinade in a 13x9" baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Uncover, turn the chicken, baste with braising liquid and cook uncovered for another 30 minutes or when chicken internal temp reaches 165°F.
  • Remove the chicken and keep warm covered with the aluminum foil. Pour the braining liquid in a saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce by half to thicken. Season to taste. Baste and pour this over the chicken when serving with green onions and steamed rice.



1. To keep it on the "authentic" side I took the time to seek out coconut vinegar, which is key, and was not that big of an effort to find. I went to my local asian market. If you don't want to I'm here to share some substitute options with you. Coconut vinegar has a cloudy, white appearance and a slightly milder taste than apple cider vinegar.
Most recipes say to use white vinegar or cider vinegar and sure that would work, but when I looked up substitutes for coconut vinegar I found several options.
  • cane vinegar another not found in everyones pantry
  • use 3 parts white vinegar plus 1 part water,
  • use 3 parts white vinegar plus 1 part white wine vinegar
  • use 3 parts white vinegar plus 1 part cider vinegar
2. Regular or brown sugar can be substituted for the coconut sugar if you like.


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 1226mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 343IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg