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Chicken adobo in white bowl.

Chicken Adobo

While it still holds the traditional flavors of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and peppercorns, my sauce also has the added flavor of onions and chicken broth.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 Servings



  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds of boneless skinless thighs
  • 10 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups jasmine rice


  • In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat
  • Add the chicken and 1/2 of the garlic to the skillet. Cook the chicken just until browned. In order to make sure it doesn't get too dry during the rest of the cooking process, it is important not to cook the chicken all the way through at this point. You may need to cook the chicken in batches.
  • Remove chicken and garlic from the pan and discard all but 1 tablespoon of the pan drippings.
  • Add the chicken, garlic back to the pan and add the onion, peppercorns and remaining garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the soy sauce, vinegar, chicken broth and bay leaves.
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, start your rice and prepare according to the package instructions.
  • After 20 minutes, uncover the adobo and let the sauce boil until it reduces by 1/3. Remove the bay leaves.
  • Spoon the chicken and sauce over the rice and serve.


Note: The peppercorns can be a bit spicy and while I think that they really do make the dish, some versions I have had used coarsely ground pepper and that works as well.
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Keywords: adobo, chicken, filipino, Food, Homemade, jasmine rice, Recipe, rice