Easy Chicken Adobo Recipe – Inspired by the Phillipine’s national dish, this garlicky, vinegary, sweet, and sour chicken adobo is so incredibly delicious and very easy to prepare!
Also, Chicken Adobo is paleo-friendly! IF you’re into that sort of thing. I just call it, low-carb…?
I clearly need to get with the 2017 lingo.
Buuut. HI YA! Happy Sunday! What are you up to? How are you doing? DO tell!
It’s Palm Sunday so I’ll be in the kitchen for most of the day preparing fish and stuff – I’m eyeing that Mediterranean Style Baked Tilapia Then, everyone will come over and eat up my 8-hour food preparation in like, 2 minutes… 5 tops.
In the meantime, I just want and need to discuss THIS Chicken Adobo with YOU! This saucy, vinegary, garlicky deliciousness is to LIVE for!
You know those recipes we always go back to because they are just THAT darn good? THIS one is one of those recipes, at least for me. I like it with chicken legs (drumsticks) because you can hold it with your hands and just nibble out all of that amazing sauce down to the last drop. Ain’t gonna lie, I may not look cute doing it, but that’s the last thing I’m thinking about while enjoying my adobo sauce drenched chicken.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN ADOBO
While Chicken Adobo may sound foreign and fancy and unapproachable to some, please let me assure you that this is very, very easy. I mean, do you expect anything more from me??? I worship one pot, 30 minute meals!
- You will need some soy sauce, of course, but please reach for the low sodium stuff. You’re also going to reach for the apple cider vinegar, some whole peppercorns, couple of bay leaves, and my favorite of all, garrrrlic!
- All of that + a bit of sugar + chicken drumsticks will be combined in a large ziploc bag, and stored in the fridge for a couple of hours. You want all that flavor in there. TRUST ME. If you don’t have time, don’t worry, it’s still delish, but a bit of marinating doesn’t hurt one bit.
- You are then going to pour out all those bag contents into a large nonstick pan and let it cook for about 30 minutes.
- A little time (5 minutes) in the broiler and some sauce-reduction, and you’ve got this, boo!
Oh yeah. While all that is happening, please prepare some rice. Brown rice goes great!!
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TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS RECIPE
Easy Chicken Adobo Recipe
- 8 chicken drumsticks
- 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- crushed red pepper , to taste (I use about 1/8 teaspoon)
- 2 bay leaves
- green onions , thinly sliced, for garnish
- cooked rice , for serving
- Combine chicken, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, light brown sugar, peppercorns, red pepper, and bay leaves in a large ziploc bag; refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Pour contents of bag into a large nonstick pan or a dutch oven; set over high heat and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer, cover with a lid, and continue to cook for 30 minutes, turning the drumsticks half-way through cooking.
- Preheat broiler.
- Line a baking sheet with foil; transfer drumsticks to prepared baking sheet and broil for 4 minutes, or until chicken is browned.
- In the meantime, increase heat to high and bring the remaining liquid in the pan to a boil.
- Continue to cook for about 8 minutes, or until reduced to maple syrup consistency.
- Remove chicken from broiler; transfer to a serving plate and pour the sauce over the chicken.
- Serve over cooked rice and garnish with green onions.
- Nutritional Analysis does not include rice
- Inspired by: Food Network
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.
15 comments on “Easy Chicken Adobo Recipe”
I followed the directions, no tweaks, and my husband said “I’ll pass.” He’s not a picky eater. I didn’t care for it either. Sauce was overpowering. I’m glad that we tried it, but it’s just not for us.
I was so ready to try this recipe, thought about it all day. But, I thought I had the apple cider vinegar and I don’t! Can I use something else to substitute it with?
Hi! How about white vinegar? Even lemon juice will work.