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How To Make Chicken Adobo


Probably the most popular Filipino dish! It’s so easy to make and very tasty. Many of you know that Adobo has many variations, we have regional versions and every household have their own take to the dish too.
Northern part of Philippines like Pangasinan like their Adobo more on the sour side, some parts of Philippines love their adobo a little dry and in Zamboanga they like their Adobo with coconut milk. Some with boiled eggs! Pepe’s also have our canapé version “Adobo Paté on Blinis” this was a hit to both British and Filipino palate.

This recipe is a simple way of cooking Adobo, it has all the basic ingredients and techniques for you to start with. You can use chicken or pork or both. Maybe you can create your own version too! Don’t forget to tell us all about your Adobo, Tag us ( @pepeskitchen ) us to your photos and use hashtags too.

How To Make Chicken Adobo

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Serves: 4-6


  • 800g-1kg Chicken drumstick (you can also use thighs or breast)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-5 bay leaves
  • black pepper
  • oil



In a large bowl mix soy sauce, vinegar, pepper, chicken and (ideally) marinate for 1 hour or overnight


Heat some oil in a pot on medium heat, sautéed the onions until translucent


Add garlic cook for 1 minute then add chicken leaving the marinade sauce for later, cook the chicken until it’s a little brown


Pour marinade, water and add bay leaves in the pot, put the lid on and leave it to boil


Once boiled turn the heat down and simmer for 30-40 minutes


Turn the heat off and it’s ready to serve


Best served with fragrant jasmine rice, Enjoy!

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