Authentic Filipino Chicken Adobo

"My father was stationed in the Phillipines for a few years when I was young. My mom hated the heat. In fact, this recipe was one of the few things she actually loved about the place! Our 'house-girl' taught us the joy of chicken adobo, and we taught her the joy of pancakes. VEGETARIAN'S NOTE: I now substitute tofu for the chicken, cutting the tofu into chunks and letting it soak in the liquid ingredients (other than water) and with the garlic and onion for some time before I start cooking so it absorbs the flavor a little more like chicken. Still an absolute favorite for my family!"
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  • Into a medium large saucepan, put 2 cups of water, chicken (or tofu--see note), onion, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, cooking wine, and sugar.
  • Bring it to a boil.
  • Add the spices and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables and cook until tender.
  • Thicken the sauce with the cornstarch mixture.
  • Serve with steamed rice.

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  1. foodlover olivares
    Just to clarify, this is not an authentic Filipino recipe. Although probably still good, please look elsewhere if interested in real Philippine cuisine. Typically, chicken adobo is made with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, salt, and bay leaves.
  2. Azeema Faizunnisa
    This looks good but 1 package of chicken breast is not helpful at all! what about the weight?
  3. Monica McMillan
    Pretty good, but not authentic adobo. Adobo can be with any meat, it just must include vinegar, lots of pepper and garlic, and bay leaf. Still enjoyed this variation.
  4. ScrumptiousWY
    This yummy dish is very similar to the "steffau" (sp?) served in Guam, right down to the carrots & potatoes (you can also use sweet potatoes). Guam & the Philipines share much culturally, and this recipe is really just a little differently-seasoned version of fact I prefer it this way. Probably each Filipina cook has her own version based on family preference & what ingredients are available at the time, so no need to fret about "authenticity". It turned out delicious for me!
  5. Polar Bear
    Another variation is to combine pork flesh with the chicken. A good side dish when I serve adobo in Europe is tossed green salad with raddish and a good soup to go with it is chicken stock with vermicelli or glass noodles. Any more questions serving this dish, ask me ! Polar Bear


I'm an "ovo-vegan" and while some may find that restrictive, believe me, I don't miss out on yummy food! I often would rather stay home and whip up something from whatever I have on hand than go out to restaurants. I'm a student at a community college (although I may return to Columbia next year...I know, big difference!). I'm taking an environmental science course right now, which has seriously effected the way I view our world. Eating organically grown foods has suddenly become a priority for me! If you want to do your part for our world, remember this: have NO MORE THAN TWO CHILDREN. I know, your first thought in response to that is "But ME in (America or other economically sound, technologically advanced, and highly educated country) in my station in society having kids isn't the problem. MY children would (educated, spiritual, kind-hearted, beautiful...fill in your adjective here) and would be part of the solution to the problems!" Well, yes, but it's really not fair to your anyone, that child included. Every person you bring into the world will require an American/Western lifestyle, meaning drive cars, live in a comfortable home, require a job, use water...all of which taxes our earth's resources to a ridiculous extent. (A whole lot more so than developing nations, who have their own set of woes--mainly living the way they are because someone else is restricting them to benefit people like us) People, we're growing in numbers so fast and demanding more and more of our world, we're going to crash. If not in the lifetime of your children or grandchildren, then in the generation after that. Is that fair to that/those children you have, ahem, more than two? With everyone having two kids only, at least we'll level off our population. Sigh. Okay, so do the right thing, avoid mass-agriculture if you can while you cook, and enjoy our priveledged life without being selfish. :-)
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