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Easy Chicken Adobo

Total Time
45 mins

Inspired by the Philippine national dish, this Easy Chicken Adobo uses a simple blend of garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce to give chicken a zingy boost. Traditional adobo sauces are commonly enriched with coconut milk, and the dish is frequently made with pork. But for everyday cooking, we like this lighter, simpler chicken recipe. Serve with rice. This is the perfect dinner for spicing up your usual routine.

Easy Chicken Adobo

Dan Goldberg
 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
 6 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
 1/3 cup soy sauce
 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
 1 bay leaf
Step 1

Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, then turn over and cook an additional 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

Step 2

Pour off all but 1 tbsp. of pan drippings and return pan to low heat. Add garlic and sauté until soft, about 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients and stir to incorporate. Return chicken to pan and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Uncover, increase heat to medium-low and cook 15 to 20 minutes more, occasionally spooning sauce over chicken, until sauce thickens a bit and chicken is tender and nicely glazed with sauce. Remove bay leaf before eating.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 251Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.9g16%

Saturated Fat 2.1g11%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 1501mg63%
Total Carbohydrate 5.7g2%

Dietary Fiber 0.2g1%
Protein 34g68%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.