Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Drew’s Secret Stuff

Filipino Chicken Adobo (Flavour Kapow!)

4 servings


45 minutes

total time


750g / 1.5 lb chicken thigh fillets (, boneless and skinless (5 - 6 pieces) (Note 1))

3 garlic cloves (, minced)

1/3 cup (85ml) soy sauce (, ordinary all purpose or light (not dark soy sauce, Note 2))

1/3 cup + 2 tbsp white vinegar

4 bay leaves (fresh) or 3 dried

2 tbsp oil (, separated (vegetable, canola or peanut))

3 garlic cloves (, minced)

1 small brown onion (, diced)

1 1/2 cups (375 ml) water

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp whole black pepper ((sub 2 tsp coarse cracked pepper))

2 green onions/scallions (, sliced (garnish))


Combine Chicken and Marinade ingredients in a bowl. Marinate for at least 20 minutes, or up to overnight.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet over high heat. Remove chicken from marinade (reserve marinade) and place in the pan. Sear both sides until browned – about 1 minute on each side. Do not cook the chicken all the way through.

Remove chicken skillet and set aside.

Heat the remaining oil in skillet. Add garlic and onion, cook 1 1/2 minutes.

Add the reserved marinade, water, sugar and black pepper. Bring it to a simmer then turn heat down to medium high. Simmer 5 minutes.

Add chicken smooth side down. Simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes (no need to stir), turning chicken at around 15 minutes, until the sauce reduces down to a thick jam-like syrup.

If the sauce isn't thick enough, remove chicken onto a plate and let the sauce simmer by itself - it will thicken much quicker - then return chicken to the skillet to coat in the glaze.

Coat chicken in glaze then serve over rice. Pictured in post as a healthy dinner plate (415 calories) with cauliflower rice and Ginger Smashed Cucumbers.


Serving Size

407 g


350 kcal

Total Fat

15 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



178 mg


1458 mg

Total Carbohydrate

13 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Total Sugars

7 g


39 g

4 servings


45 minutes

total time
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