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Chicken Adobo

  • Category: Main Dish, Poultry
  • Submitted By: Isaac Owsley
  • Town/State: Sonora, CA
  • Serving Size : 6-8
  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Cooking time: 1-2 hours

This is probably one of the most famous dishes to be found in Filipino cuisine. Easy to make and very easy on the pocket book. It is a delicious blend of tender chicken, in savory herbs, tart vinegar, and sweet palm sugar. Traditionally, adobo does not contain tomatoes, but as there are dozens, if not hundreds of variations from family to family, and town to town (and since the Filipino family that taught me how to make it used them) I feel this is an acceptable variation on the traditional recipe rather than an Americanization of a tried and true recipe, something I strive to avoid with ethnic cuisine whenever possible. Try this served over steamed white rice and experience the cuisine of the Philippines for yourself.

Amount Measure Ingredients
2 1/2 lbs boneless/ skinless chicken cut into large (2″) chunks
1 1/2 cups vinegar (cider preferably)
2 crushed bay leaves
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp oregano
small pinch ground clove
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp Chicken base
1/4 tsp red chili flakes
2 tbsp chopped garlic
3 cups chicken stock
3 tbsp palm sugar or white sugar
1 24 oz can basil seasoned tomato puree

To prepare:

Combine dried spices (bay leaf, garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary, oregano, pepper, salt, chicken base, chili flakes) in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle and grind until well blended. Mix into chicken and then add in the vinegar, set aside and marinate at least 20 minutes. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat and add in 1 tbsp oil , add in the chicken and marinade and stir fry until chicken starts to turn opaque. Add in the garlic and chicken stock the return to a simmer for 5-7 minutes. Next, add in the tomato puree and sugar , cover and reduce heat to low, simmering 1-1 ½ hours or until chicken is tender. Serve over white rice and enjoy.