Chicken Adobo


SourceRecipe by Maria Garrido
Prep time1 hour, 30 minutes
Cooking time30 minutes
Total time2 hours


This is a classic dish served in the Philippines. It was shared at one of our City Market cooking classes, taught by Maria Garrido. Given the large amount of vinegar, lean meat (chicken breasts or pork chops) is not recommended, as it tends to dry out. After the chicken is cooked, don’t discard the leftover marinade, it is delicious over rice or noodles!


thighs, chicken (skin on)
1/2 cup
soy sauce
1/3 cup
vinegar, white
onion, yellow (medium, peeled and roughly chopped)
8 cloves
garlic (peeled and roughly chopped)
2 tablespoons
ginger (peeled and roughly chopped)
bay leaf
1 tablespoon
peppercorns, black
1 cup


Place all ingredients in a non-reactive marinating bowl. Make sure the meat is submerged in the liquid. Marinate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hrs. After the meat has been marinated, transfer to a large stockpot. Add the marinating liquid and make sure the meat is submerged. If not, add enough water to cover.

Bring liquid to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer with the top on for 20-30 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked (thermometer should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit).

Remove bay leaves and peppercorns. Serve over rice.