Cooking Chicken Adobo Recipe

There are many, many ways of cooking adobo. I've shared several with you in my pork adobo ginisa-style post; as well as my recipe for adobong spare ribs. For this post, let's go back to basic with a classic chicken adobo dish.

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

Read on for the full recipe.

Cooking adobo was actually one of the epic fails in the history of my cooking. If you haven't tried cooking adodo, let me tell you now that it is NOT a complicated dish. I just didn't have the knack for cooking back then. Now however, is a different era of my cooking escapade. I may still have screw ups every now and then; but the "wins" and new recipes I learn are definitely worth every effort in the kitchen. If you're a novice cook as I was before, I would like to assure you that you can only be better!

Going back to cooking adobo... Traditionally, adobo is cooked with soy sauce and vinegar. However, for this dish, I put in fish sauce, too. It'll make our adobo a little less dark.

Ingredients in cooking chicken adobo:
- chicken, cut into bits (breast part is preferred for lesser saturated fats)

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

- garlic, crushed and chopped
- onions, chopped
- fish sauce
- soy sauce
- vinegar
- salt
- whole pepper corns
- annatto or achiote (achuete in Tagalog), soaked in tap water

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

This adds color and a little texture to the sauce of the adobo. If you don't have achiote, paprika powder is a good alternative.
- bay leaves (optional)

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

- potatoes, cut in cubes (optional)

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

- cooking oil
- hot water

Steps in cooking chicken adobo:
1. Saute' the garlic in oil.
2. Fry the chicken when the garlic turns golden.
3. Season the chicken with salt.

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

4. Add the onions when the chicken starts to cook.
5. Season the dish with fish sauce.
6. Cover the pan and allow it to boil.
7. Add the potatoes.
8. Add a little water, whole pepper corns and bay leaves.
9. Pour in colored water (red/red orange) from the immersed achiote. Be careful not to include the seeds.

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

10. Season the dish with soy sauce, vinegar and fish sauce.
The baseline ratio for the soy sauce and vinegar is 1:1. If you want your dish to be more salty or sour, add more of the other according to your liking. I use the fish sauce in adjusting the saltiness of the dish since I don't like a very dark sauce.

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

11. Cover the dish. Let it boil under low heat.
12. Wait for the sauce to thicken. If you put to much water into the dish, open the lid a little to let some of the water evaporate.

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

13. Adjust the taste, according to your preference.
14. Serve with hot steamy rice.

Cooking Adobo Chicken Recipe

In summary:

Chicken Adobo
5/5 stars

Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 10-20 minutes
Total time: 10-30 minutes
Calories per serving: Low calorie
Fat per serving: Low fat

  • Chicken
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Fish sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Whole pepper corns
  • Annatto or achiote or achuete
  • Bay leaves (optional)
  • Potatoes (optional)
  • Cooking oil
  • Hot water
Cooking Directions
  1. Saute' the garlic.
  2. Fry the chicken when garlic turns golden.
  3. Season the chicken with salt as you cook.
  4. Add the onions.
  5. Season the dish with fish sauce.
  6. Add the potatoes.
  7. Add water, pepper, bay leaves and the colored water from the achuete seeds.
  8. Season the dish with soy sauce, vinegar and fish sauce.
  9. Let the dish cook under low heat.
  10. When the sauce thickens, make your final last adjustments.
  11. Serve while hot.

Before ending this post, I would just like to note that we didn't use any MSG or artificial flavors or seasonings for this dish. What make this recipe simply appetizing are the salty-sour play of the vinegar and soy/fish sauce. Also, to add that umami zest you're looking for, add more of the garlic and onions.

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About the Author: Beingwell loves simple home cooking recipes. She enjoys sharing her quick easy meals, including Filipino cooking recipes in this blog. 
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  1. Adobo is indeed a very famous and easy recipe among filipinos.

  2. thanks for sharing. There are different ways of cooking adobo, ano? In my father's place at Ilocos Sur, the adobo is dry pero ansarap din :)

  3. i love chicken adobo with atsuete too!!! :-) i first tried it through my cousin from Antique... :-) it's even better if maanghang... :-) sadly though i cant eat chicken now because of my allergies... ;-(

  4. looks yummy, another version of chicken adobo, less dark color

  5. I never had it with potato! Ma try nga. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

  6. My children love adobo! Especially chicken adobo with potatoes! Yum!

  7. adobo is easy to cook recipe, i cooked it countless time already but without potato and achuete
    , i seldom use bay leaves too.. super simple lang ng adobo ko..

  8. waaahh! ;(( I'm getting hungry with your post..

  9. I cook Chicken Adobo with chopped tomatoes? Have you tried it? Sarap. Mas maasim.

  10. Smells good! Looks good to eat as well!

  11. Fish sauce is patis, right? If so, that sounds like a great idea! I haven't tried it in adobo yet, but I think it will give adobo's taste a new twist.

  12. Hands downs, adobo (of any kind) is my fave! Will try out your recipe sis. :) Thanks for sharing!

  13. Ate , change mo yung title hehe. Cooking Adobo Chicken into Cooking Chicken Adobo . mUch better promise. Nice recipe and food photos though. Astig!

  14. Wow, achuete. Tuwang-tuwa ako dyan nung bata pa ako. Never used it in my cookings though.

  15. This is a classic Filipino dish. Everyone's really love it. My son loves adobo with pineapple tidbits naman.

    Mommy Maye2

  16. Sa kin, adobo would never be complete without the potatoes hehehe...It's just not the same. :d

  17. yung tatay ko, medyo mas dark siya magluto ng adobo. talagang kulay toyo. pero masarap :)

  18. good that you don't use msg. nothing beats all natural flavors

  19. Hmm... yummy! I like adobo when it is cooked near dry already.

  20. Wow Rizza, that super duper looks so yummy! I'm writing this at 12 am and your post is making me hungry! :)

  21. love this, one of my fave growing up, my mother used to cook this all the time!

  22. Nice idea about adding potatoes. Personally, I love pork adobo more. :D

  23. Wonderful cooking job and the photos are excellent. Love that recipe. ;-)

  24. It makes me hungry..sarap naman nito.. I love all kinds of Adobo!:) yum!:)

  25. adobo is on the top as my favorite ulam of all times. and now looking at the photos and how you cooked it makes me want to eat. :)

  26. new version of adobo! love it

  27. Chicken Adobo is another one of my favorite dish and it's really tasty.

  28. Adobo is one of my favorite Filipino dishes. Indeed, it is one dish that all of us could be proud of. Even international artists like it. My mama cooks adobo really well. I want to learn how to cook adobo too! :)

  29. very nice to know about this!! shud try next time using breast! we always use pork kc puro manok n dito sa malaysia hehe

  30. one of my fave pinoy food... hopefully one of this day I can taste your cooking

  31. My mama loves to put potatoes and laurel leaves in here adobo, make it chicken or pork.

  32. Adobo! I love adobo!! :) One of the best Filipino food ever. :) I love my mom's version of adobo, but I will try to cook this recipe. :)

  33. WHWEW. my mother just cooked an adobo for our outing tomorrow.

  34. different adobo version!!! all time favorite!!!

  35. What Pinoy family doesn't like adobo? we like chicken adobo, too, more than pork adobo.


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