Chicken Adobo – Authentic Phillipines Recipe

Last night was a special night.  My Brother in Law, Paul invited us over to meet some of his best friends to have an authentic dish from the Phillipines called Chicken Adobo.  Of course being the foodie that I am, I thought this was a wonderful idea.  Paul’s best friend Hans and his girlfriend prepared the meal and I of course was the annoying guy trying to learn the secrets.  Here is what I came up with.
1-2 whole chickens (cut into pieces)
1 whole garlic clove
olive oil or vegetable/corn oil
1 tsp ground black pepper
4 whole black pepper cloves
3 dried bay leaves
3 cups soy sauce
2 cups vinegar
1-2 cups 7-up/Sprite/Water (optional)
Hans informed me that this entire recipe is very easy and simple to make and after watching the preparation, I could not agree more.  To start, he said to use equal parts soy sauce and vinegar for the base of the dish.  Vinegar has a strong bite to me, so I would put 2 cups of vinegar and 3 cups of soy to serve as your marinade and your cooking sauce, so you could go either way.  Add peppercorns bay leaves, whole garlic cloves to mixture.  Add Chicken and this will help marinade your chicken as well.
An added step that could be done to create an extra layer of texture would be to sear the chicken pieces.  Heat oil and add chicken and sauté until the chicken begins to brown.  Once the browning has started, add chicken parts back to soy/vinegar mixture to finish off cooking.  Let simmer for and additional 25-35 minutes or until chicken is done.  You can turn the mixture to low to keep warm and it will stay great all day long.

Another added tip.  If the taste of the sauce is too powerful, you can add some 7-up, Sprite, or water to cut the power of the Soy/Vinegar mixture.

Serve over a bed of rice.

I want to sincerely thank Paul, Hans and his wonderful girlfriend for having us over and introducing us to this great authentic dish from the Phillipines.  Thanks.

Try this one out.  If you love food packed with flavor, this will sure to not disappoint.


2 responses to this post.

  1. It was the MOST delicious meal, I am proud of myself for trying something new – I definitely don’t regret it!


  2. Posted by Bill O'Connor on December 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Sounds great and easy to make. We’ll have to try it.


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