Chicken Adobo

  • Chicken Adobo
Ranked: 28th

Rated 5 out of 5 based on 6 votes


  • 2 kg chicken wings, separated into wings and drumettes
  • 2 x brown onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 x cloves garlic, peeled, crushed
  • 2 x bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 Tbls brown sugar
  • 1 tspn whole black pepper
  • 2 x star anise
  • 1 Tbls fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice bran oil
  • 2 x spring onions, thinly sliced


1. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, water and sugar in a bowl until sugar dissolves. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in large pot.Cook chicken for 5-10 minutes or until browned.Transfer to a plate. Set aside. Saute onion and garlic on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes or until soft. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Add the fish sauce, star anise, pepper, bay leaves and the soy sauce mixture. Season with salt. Stir and cover. Turn heat to low and simmer for 10-20 minutes or until the sauce is reduced by half.

3. Divide chicken adobo among bowls. Garnish with spring onion. Serve with Jasmine rice.

This is a traditional Filipino dish that I grew up with. I slightly modified my dad’s recipe and put on my own spin.

If you haven’t tried Filipino food before, this is a simple recipe that will give you an idea of the sweet and sour flavors used in the Philippines.

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  • Great! I can’t wait to hear your feedback. :)


    by Sarah Lewis on 10/03/2013, 21:20
    Sarah Lewis
  • Thanks for your feedback I’m glad that you enjoyed the chicken adobo. You were correct in reducing the sauce. I will update the recipe now. :)


    by Sarah Lewis on 11/03/2013, 18:05
    Sarah Lewis
  • Sarah we love it chicken wings,so I will make it.Thank you for your recipe.


    by ANNA LINHART on 12/03/2013, 18:16
    • Thanks, Anna. :)


      by Sarah Lewis on 12/03/2013, 21:46
      Sarah Lewis
  • I love chicken adobo. So delicious!


    by Rhodora Soriano on 16/03/2013, 10:47
    Rhodora Soriano
  • I cooked this yesterday and doubled the quantity. I really like how you tweaked my recipe.The addition of star anise gave an intense flavor. By the way, I browned the chicken first and then sauteed the onion and garlic. :)


    by Dioscoro Soriano on 17/03/2013, 10:38
    Dioscoro Soriano
  • Sooooo tasty!!!


    by Nathan Segaloff on 17/03/2013, 21:00
    Nathan Segaloff
  • fabulous and tasty like all of your recipes!


    by Linda Bullard on 20/05/2013, 20:41
    Linda Bullard