Filipino Adobo Chicken
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Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

Adobo-Style Chicken

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr 45 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
I learned to make a family friend's classic version of chicken adobo and have made a few additions that I think are fun and flavorful. Habaneros add heat and compliment to the saltiness of the soy and sweetness of the sugar. The parsley adds some color to the presentation.



  1. Combine the chicken with the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, black pepper and habanero in a resealable plastic bag. Marinate overnight, refrigerated.
  2. Remove the chicken from the bag and pat dry (reserve the marinade).
  3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the chicken skin-side down and cook until brown, about 4 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions soften and are slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Strain the marinade and add it to the Dutch oven along with 4 cups water. Return the chicken to the pan and bring to a slow simmer. Add the bay leaves and cook until the chicken is tender and the sauce has reduced, about 20 minutes. Finish with the fresh parsley.
  4. Serve with jasmine rice and lime wedges.