Chicken Adobo


This delicious recipe for the classic Filipino dish Chicken Adobo comes from chef and author Romy Dorotan of Purple Yam.


  • 1 ½ cups unseasonsed rice or sugar cane vinegar

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 12 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 3 bay leaves

  • ½ tablespoon whole black peppercorns, crushed

  • One (3 to 3 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 6 serving pieces

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  • Steamed jasmine rice, for serving (optional)

  • 3 fresh red or green Bird's-eye chiles (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, soy sauce, coconut milk, garlic, bay leaves, chiles, and peppercorns. Add chicken; marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

  2. Arrange chicken in a clay pot or Dutch-oven. Pour marinade over chicken, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. Preheat broiler. Remove chicken from pot, and place on a baking sheet or broiler pan. Place under broiler until browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, continue to cook the remaining liquid in the pot until it reaches a creamy consistency. Transfer chicken to a serving platter, and top with reduced sauce. Serve with mustard greens and rice, if desired.

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