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Easy Chicken Adobo

5 from 2 votes
Moist, savory chicken smothered in green chilies and a tantalizingly zesty sauce made with vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and spices. Divine served over rice!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 382

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  • 6 medium chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 medium bay leaves
  • 3/4 cup distilled vinegar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 (4-ounce )can green chilies, reserving 1 tbsp for garnish
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)


  • In large skillet, heat your oil until it's hot, but not smoking. Add the chicken pieces, skin side down and cook them until browned. It will take about 4 - 5 minutes. Turn them over and cook for an additional 3 - 4 minutes until the underside is browned. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • In the same skillet, add your garlic, bay leaves, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, green chilies and black pepper. Bring to a simmer over low heat, keep stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. It will take about 3 - 4 minutes.
  • Return the chicken pieces to the skillet, placing them skin side up. Cover and cook over low heat and simmer 35 - 45 minutes, turning the chicken thighs halfway through. Your chicken is done when it pulls away from the bone and a meat thermometer reads 165°F at thickest part of the chicken. Transfer the chicken back to the plate..
  • Bring the liquid in the skillet to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally with a spoon, until the sauce begins to thicken and will coat the back of a metal spoon. This takes about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and add the chicken, skin-side up, back to the skillet. Baste the chicken with the sauce and sprinkle with reserved green chilies and parsley. Viola, your chicken adobo is ready to eat!


Serving: 1thigh | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1796mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, filipino

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