Chicken Adobo

This authentic Filipino dish is best served over steamed rice and drizzled with any leftover cooking sauce.

By / Photography By Amy Robb | September 20, 2016


Heat ½ cup oil in a large stockpot. Add onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper and saute, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent.

Add chicken, soy sauce and achuete, then season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine all ingredients, then add the vinegar. DO NOT STIR the pot after adding the vinegar.

Bring adobo to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes, until vinegar is boiled off. After 20 minutes add the sugar and bay leaves and allow to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with a teaspoon of water. Stir cornstarch mixture into adobo then allow to simmer until sauce is thickened and loses the cornstarch taste. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over steamed white rice.




  • 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup garlic, pressed
  • 4 pounds chicken quarters, cut into serving-sized pieces
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground achuete (also known as achiote or annatto)
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Steamed white rice, to serve
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