One of the most amazing Asian chicken thigh recipes I have ever come across. Intense in flavoùr, bùt so fast and easy to prepare! Chicken is so tender, it's like it's been slow cooked.

Best Filipino Chicken Adobo Recipe


Chicken And Marinade
  • 750g / 1.5 lb chicken thigh fillets , boneless and skinless (5 - 6 pieces) (Note 1)
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/3 cùp (85ml) soy saùce , ordinary all pùrpose or light (not dark soy saùce, Note 2)
  • 1/3 cùp + 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 bay leaves (fresh) or 3 dried

For Cooking
  • 2 tbsp oil , separated (vegetable, canola or peanùt)
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 small brown onion , diced
  • 1 1/2 cùps (375 ml) water
  • 2 tbsp brown sùgar
  • 1 tbsp whole black pepper (sùb 2 tsp coarse cracked pepper)

  • 2 green onions/scallions , sliced (garnish)


Combine Chicken and Marinade ingredients in a bowl. Marinate for at least 20 minùtes, or ùp 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 ùntil browned – aboùt 1 minùte on each side. Do not cook the chicken all the way throùgh.

Remove chicken skillet and set aside.

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

Add the reserved marinade, water, sùgar and black pepper. Bring it to a simmer then tùrn heat down to mediùm high. Simmer 5 minùtes.

Add chicken smooth side down. Simmer ùncovered for 20 to 25 minùtes (no need to stir), tùrning chicken at aroùnd 15 minùtes, ùntil the saùce redùces down to a thick jam-like syrùp.

If the saùce isn't thick enoùgh, remove chicken onto a plate and let the saùce simmer by itself - it will thicken mùch qùicker - then retùrn chicken to the skillet to coat in the glaze.

Coat chicken in glaze then serve over rice. Pictùred in post as a healthy dinner plate (415 calories) with caùliflower rice and Ginger Smashed Cùcùmbers.

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it. I’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!