Easy Filipino Chicken Adobo Recipe

Filipino Chicken Adobo, a delicious chicken recipe that is super easy to make with just a few ingredients. Serve it with rice, salad or any other side of your choice, and enjoy the best homemade dinner tonight. A low-carb, high-protein, low-cal, super healthy recipe that will make you lick your fingers clean.

Overhead shot of a pan with 5 chicken adobo thighs

What is Adobo?

Adobo is a popular dish and cooking process in the Philippine cuisine that involves meat, vegetables or seafood cooked in a sauce made from vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. The recipe is considered by many people the sample food of Phillipnes.

And rightly so, as it is so tasty and easy to make. The key is to leave it to marinate, ideally overnight, or as long as you have time.

And be generous with the amount of garlic you use, the more, the tastier. Which is fine by me, as I love garlic, waay to much!!!

How do you cook easy chicken adobo?

I chose to cook chicken, as it is a light and easy meat that many people love, including little ones. Most recipes call for a whole chicken, but l decided to go for chicken thighs only.

I know that chicken breast is everyone’s favourite, including myself, but l think we should give the thighs a chance too.

Not only they are a lot cheaper, but also tastier. And I find that the meat does not dry out so quickly like breast does.

Unless, of course, you use a nice sauce that keeps it nice and moist. Like my Baked honey mustard chicken with a touch of lemon, which continues to be my most popular recipe on the blog.

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make chicken adobo

Now, there are lots of different cooking methods for adobo, and I think there is no right or wrong, you just choose the way that you like best.

And I chose the easy way where everything is cooked in one pot. Don’t you like less mess?

  • in a bowl, combine the vinegar, soy sauce and minced garlic, add the chicken thighs and leave to marinade, ideally overnight.
  • heat up the oil in a pan, add the chicken thighs, and fry gently until brow. The chicken won’t be cooked through at this stage.
  • add the chicken stock, marinade, peppercorns, bay leaves, cover the pan with a lid, and leave to cook until the chicken is tender and the liquid is reduced into a thick sauce.

Is the adobo sauce too strong?

I must admit that I was a bit reluctant at first, was unsure whether I would like the adobo sauce. And that is because it uses quite a bit of vinegar.

I thought the flavour would be too strong and the sauce too sharp. But, surprisingly, it is the very best sauce I have ever tasted. You really cannot tell that is has that amount of vinegar.

Yes, it is slightly sharp, but it has the right amount of vinegar. The base of the adobo sauce are vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. Nothing simpler. Not tastier.

Overhead shot of a pan with cooked chicken adobo thighs

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3.63 from 8 votes
Overhead shot of a pan with chooked chicken adobo thigs garnished with chopped parsley
Filipino Chicken Adobo
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins

Filipino Chicken Adobo, a delicious chicken recipe that is super easy to make with just a few ingredients. Serve it with rice, salad or any other side of your choice, and enjoy the best homemade dinner tonight.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: chicken dinner recipes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 357 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 5 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock (broth)
  • freseh parsley to garnish
  1. To make the marinade, add the soy sauce and cider vinegar to a bowl together with the minced garlic and mix well.

  2. Place the chicken thighs in a large dish and pour over the marinade.

  3. Cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, so that the chicken can soak up the flavours.

  4. Remove the chicken from the dish and retain the marinade.

  5. In a large frying pan, heat up the oil and add the chicken thights.

  6. Fry slightly on each side until lightly brown.

  7. Add the marinade, peppercorns, bay leaves and chicken stock, and leave to cook with the lid on until the chicken thighs are cooked through and the sauce is reduced and slighty thickened.

  8. Serve the chicken with rice or the side dish of your choice, pouring over the remaining sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Filipino Chicken Adobo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 1453mg 61%
Potassium 358mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 8.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.






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  • Reply
    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    June 3, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Being Filipino, I grew up enjoying many variations of adobo from different family members. It’s always delicious! Yum – now I am craving it!

  • Reply
    Gloria Duggan
    June 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Chicken thighs are underrated. They are so juicy and full of flavour. This dish sounds very tasty. Love the sauce…and the heat!!

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    Veena Azmanov
    June 3, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I love Abodo chicken rice. I’ve eaten it a few time while in Singapore. That sauce looks so delicious. I didn’t know it was so easy. Can’t wait to try this.

  • Reply
    June 3, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I love cider vinegar so I’m pretty sure I would like that adobo sauce. Sounds really good and like it would be great with lots of things.

  • Reply
    Molly Kumar
    June 3, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    This looks so delicious and we totally love saucy recipes for special weekend meals. It’s going in my weekend recipes to try and I’m sure my family would totally love it 🙂

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    Noel Lizotte
    June 4, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    This chicken looks amazing! I’ve got some thighs thawing in the fridge. I just might mix up this marinade to use on them. I love how simple the marinade is!

  • Reply
    June 4, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    That chicken looks delicious, I haven’ t tried adobo sauce, may be I can give it try. They sound have both tangy and salty balance from soy sauce and vinegar.

  • Reply
    June 5, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I am Filipina and certainly proud that this is our national dish!! Chicken adobo is amazing indeed – so tasty yet so easy! I have so many versions of it, too. Have to try this with parsley as you suggested. Looks so yummy!

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    Christine - Jar Of Lemons
    June 5, 2017 at 2:07 am

    This recipe looks so delicious! Perfect for dinner! Saving and hope to try it out soon.

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    Marisa Franca - All Our Way
    June 5, 2017 at 11:47 am

    This is the second time I have to write this because it is saying I’m spam — I”m not. I did say that your chicken adobo sounds and looks great. We make our own adobo sauce so we are ready to make it this week.

  • Reply
    jay avila
    October 31, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Going to try this now. Sounds delish. Will let you know.
    Thanks for the recipe

  • Reply
    January 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Easy Filipino Chicken Adobo Recipe have their own set of flavor …me this Easy Filipino Chicken Adobo Recipe looking nice recipe I will try this thanks for sharing

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