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A pan of chicken adobo garnished with sliced jalapeno.

Chicken Adobo

This chicken adobo is a Filipino inspired dish made with chicken pieces simmered in a sweet and savory sauce. An easy dinner option with minimal ingredients that always gets rave reviews!
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Keyword chicken adobo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 280kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces I use a mix of thighs and drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced jalapeno divided use, remove ribs and seeds for less heat
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 3 bay leaves


  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken pieces in a single layer and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until browned. You may need to work in batches.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan. Add the garlic and 1 tablespoon jalapeno to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Add the vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, pepper and bay leaves to the pan. Return the chicken to the pan.
  • Bring the chicken mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pan and simmer for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is tender.
  • Remove the cover from the pan. Increase the heat to medium high. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until sauce has thickened and is syrupy.
  • Garnish with the remaining jalapenos, then serve.



Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1574mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg