Easy Slow-Cooked Filipino Chicken Adobo

I am so excited to share our first Filipino dish on our blog! I’m a first generation Filipino-American and have been learning to cook traditional Filipino recipes from my parents and grandparents ever since I was little. Chicken adobo is the Philippines’ national dish and is so easy and flavorful. Adobo is stewed chicken in vinegar, soy sauce, pepper, onions and garlic. It had a very distinctive savory, yet tart, flavor…so satisfying! When you throw everything in the crockpot, it’s even less stressful and you can’t go wrong with super slow-cooked meat. We hope you enjoy this sometime soon!

 -Mel

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb and diabetes friendly 

Chicken Adobo (4-6 servings)

  • 8 skinless chicken thighs or legs, washed (about 3 lbs. total), patted dry with a towel 
  • 3/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 10+ whole cloves of garlic, smashed (1 head of garlic)
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped/sliced
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • Scallions (green onions), chopped

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Steps

  1. CROCKPOT INSTRUCTIONS: Throw half the onions, garlic, bay leaves and peppercorns in the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Polk holes in chicken with a fork. Add the chicken on top with the remaining onions, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, vinegar, soy sauce and water over top.
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  4. Slow-cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6 hours. Halfway through, mix it all so everything is covered with sauce.
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  6. STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS: Polk holes in chicken with a fork. Combine the chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, water, garlic, onion, peppercorns and bay leaves in a large bowl or pan/pot you’ll be cooking in, and marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight. 
  7. After marinating, put over stove on high heat and bring to a boil. Then, turn heat on low and slow cook for about 30-40 minutes until cooked through. Halfway through, mix it all so everything is covered with sauce.
  8. Serve chicken adobo with steamed veggies like Bok Choy, broccoli or okra. If you’re not watching your carbs, you can also serve with some healthy grains like brown rice or quinoa. Ladle sauce over the top and garnish with scallions. Enjoy!
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