My Dad’s Chicken Adobo


Growing up Filipino, we had Adobo Chicken every week; sometimes four times a week. Some weeks that we had Adobo Chicken, Adobo Shrimp, Adobo Squid, Adobo pork, Adobo beef…you get the picture.  I didn’t understand why we had Adobo so much until I learned to make my dad’s recipe just this year.  It’s fairly cheap, super easy and extremely tasty.

When I was younger, I thought is was a hard recipe and was afraid to try it until my dad hand wrote the recipe along with a couple more Filipino favorites.  He literally handed me the piece of paper and said, “You can make Filipino food. It’s easy.”  Thank you dad for being dad.

Here is the recipe for My Dad’s Adobo Chicken:

1/2 cup of dark soy sauce

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 onion (chopped)

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

3-4 lbs of meat of your choice

Salt and pepper to taste.

Chop up the onions and garlic, set aside.  Put the soy sauce and vinegar into a pan or slow cooker then place the onions and garlic.  Put your meat into the pan and heat until boiling, cover with a pan lid and let simmer until the meat is completely cooked.  If you’re using a slow cooker or crock pot, put on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours until meat is tender and cooked thoroughly.  Serve over rice with steamed vegetables.  Refrigerate left overs in a covered container and heat up either over a stove top or in microwave.

There are so many other variations to this recipe out there but this is my dad’s and it brings me back to my childhood every time I make it for my family.  So, it’s a special recipe to me.

I hope you enjoy it!


13 thoughts on “My Dad’s Chicken Adobo

  1. Pingback: Chicken Adobo from the Philippines | BritRoebuck

  2. i enjoyed this and am making it tonight again. It was one of my favorite meals at the chow hall when i was in the Navy. a lot of Filipino cooks 🙂 I am also sharing the link on my blog, so I hope you don’t mind.

  3. One of my favorite dishes!! Thank you for sharing I used this recipe & my mom said mine taste better than hers & she can cook that’s not my specialty. Lol…thanks again making this tomorrow 😍👌🏽😍

    • I’m glad you enjoy it and that you’re mom likes it too! My dad would be smiling ear to ear! Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to see you again on the blog!

  4. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! I love filipino food and it was my first time cooking a filipino dish. It was a big hit, I loved the flavors and also my boyfriend whom is filipino said it was “legit” haha! I was nervous at first to make this because his parents definitely make the best filipino dishes hands down, but this was just as good as their version!

    Again thanks so much! We just finished having it for dinner, I will definitely be making this again! Your dad’s recipe is awesome! 🙂

    • I’m so glad that you were able to use the recipe and that it was a hit! I’ll be sharing more recipes soon. Thank you for your comment and for letting me know how it went!

    • You can put bay leaves in during cooking/simmering the dish but my parents never used bay leaves in their recipe that I grew up on. Thank you for your comment.

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