Cooking with Daisy and her Mom for AAPI Heritage Month: Filipino Chicken Adobo

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Chicken Adobo is an authentic Filipino dish and one of the most recognized Filipino foods. This dish is only made by simmering chicken in vinegar and soy sauce.

Several sources expert in the history of Asian cuisine claim that Filipinos were already cooking adobo even before Spanish colonization. According to them, cooking in vinegar preserves the meat. This method is also considered one of the earliest food preservation practices.

It is also an adaptable; if you like onions, potatoes, pineapples or eggs in your adobo, don’t hesitate to have some! With so many variations, chicken adobo truly has something for everyone.


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Filipino Chicken Adobo (and Pork!) – Mama Wennie’s Version
Approximate cooking time: about 30 to 40 minutes.

(We skipped this step…but it can be combined and marinated the night before)
Combine chicken, soy sauce and garlic in a large bowl. Mix well. Marinate the chicken for at least an hour. Note: the longer the better.
2 pounds. chicken (thighs or thighs or minced chicken breast) and 8 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 whole garlic bulb, minced

  1. Heat a pot. Pour the cooking oil.
    1-2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  2. When the oil is hot enough, brown the garlic then add the chopped onions to brown.
  3. Whole garlic bulb (chopped) and one whole red and yellow onion (chopped)
  4. Pour the meat.
  5. 2-3 pounds of chicken (thighs or thighs or ground chicken breast) and/or pork cubes.
  6. Add additional spices, if desired.
  7. We added sprinkle garlic powder and onion powder, 1 tsp ground pepper (or whole pepper), 1/4 tsp salt.
    Add water. Bring to a boil.
  8. 1 ½ to 2 cups of water
  9. Add dried bay leaves and soy sauce. Simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is tender
    –Several pieces of dried bay leaves (to taste desired) and ½ cup or more soy sauce (to taste desired. You can also use gluten-free soy sauce).
  10. NOTE: This recipe is adaptable; if you’re the type who likes potatoes, pineapples or eggs in your adobo, feel free to add some!
  11. (Common alternate step, although we didn’t add it to this release)
    Add vinegar. Stir and cook for 10 minutes.
    4 tablespoons of white vinegar.
  12. Stir and turn off the heat. Remove the bay leaves. Serve hot over steamed white rice. Share and enjoy!

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