Chicken adobo

Chicken adobo

This classic chicken adobo recipe from Budgie Montoya is extremely easy and flavourful, and is a fantastic weeknight meal. Chicken thighs or drumsticks are simply marinated in vinegar and soy sauce then braised with garlic, black pepper and bay leaves.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a bowl, marinade the chicken with half the garlic, soy sauce, Mizkan Shiragiku vinegar and ground black pepper. Make sure the meat is fully submerged. Cover and leave in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, and ideally overnight
  2. Step 2

    In a wide, deep saucepan, heat up the vegetable oil and sauté the onion till translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining 4 cloves of garlic and bay leaves then sauté for another minute or until the garlic is fragrant and slightly softened
  3. Step 3

    Remove chicken from the marinade and pat dry, making sure to keep all the marinade aside
  4. Step 4

    Add the chicken to the garlic and bay leaves and sauté till caramelised - this should take 10-15 minutes
  5. Step 5

    Add the marinade and water to the pan, and bring it up to a simmer
  6. Step 6

    Cover the pot and turn the heat down to low. Cook until the chicken is tender - this varies from 30 minutes to an hour
  7. Step 7

     If you want the adobo to be less soupy, remove the chicken from the adobo when it’s tender. Continue to cook the liquid over a high heat until it has reduced to your liking. The more the liquid has reduced though, the saltier it will be. Return the chicken to the pan to serve
  8. Step 8

    Garnish the the adobo with red chilli and the chives, and serve immediately with a side of jasmine rice