Filipino Chicken Adobo

filipino chicken recipe

This recipe has a unique combination of flavors – a mixture of coconut milk and other spices finished off with cider vinegar, and garnished with scallions.

If you’re in the mood to try a recipe that’s different, but really good, give this Filipino Chicken Adobo a try.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep work, cooks fairly quickly, and can be on the supper table in less than an hour.

I served this dish over white rice.

Filipino Chicken Adobo
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Larry
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Serves: makes 4 – 8

Filipino Chicken Adobo

  • Author: Cullys Kitchen


  • 48 bone-in chicken thighs. (Just use the number of thighs to match the number you are serving, but don’t change the amount of sauce.)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 can coconut milk (13.5 ounces)
  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 8 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 scallion (sliced)


  1. Place chicken in a large bowl, pour the soy sauce over the top and toss to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 – 60 minutes. Remove chicken from soy sauce and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, using the olive oil, brown chicken skin side down. Drain any excess fat from the pan and add the reserved soy sauce into the skillet along with the vinegar, pepper, bay leaves, and garlic.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to a high simmer. Continue cooking chicken for 20 minutes, flip chicken and continue cooking until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175F. Remove chicken and tent with aluminum foil.
  4. Remove bay leaf from the sauce mixture and spoon off any excess fat. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue cooking until mixture is slightly thickened.
  5. Serve sauce over chicken and rice, garnished with the sliced scallion.

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Adapted from Cooks Country cookbook, 100 recopies

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