Filipino Chicken Adobo

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This ultra-adaptable recipe comes to us care of Tony Pangilinan,who grew up on food stamps after his family immigratedfrom the Philippines. Filipino adobo—very different from Spanish adobo—is basically anything cooked in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic.

Leanne Brown

Serves 8

15 Ingredients

3/4 cup Rice Vinegar

2 clove Garlic

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

2 Bay Leaf

8 Chicken Thigh

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

4 3/4 cup Water

2 Potato

4 Carrot

2 cup White Rice

to taste Salt

2 tsp Corn Starch

4 Jalapeño Pepper

to taste Ginger

9 Steps

Steps 1

In a large, non-aluminum pan, stir together the Rice Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ground Black Pepper, Bay Leaf, Ginger, and Jalapeño Pepper.

Steps 2

Add the Chicken Thigh coating each piece thoroughly. Cover and let marinate for at least 30 minutes, but overnight is great. Pull the chicken out of the marinade and pat each piece dry.

Steps 3

Pour the Vegetable Oil into a large pot on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add enough chicken to fill the bottom of the pot. Let it cook for a few minutes, until one side of the chicken is browned, then flip it over and repeat for other pieces of chicken.

Steps 4

After all the chicken is browned, put it back in the pot along with the marinade, Water, chopped Potato and sliced Carrot. Turn the heat up until the liquid comes to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 45 minutes.

Steps 5

About 20 minutes before the adobo is ready, pour the White Rice into a medium pot with Water. Add two pinches of Salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat with the lid off.

Steps 6

Turn the heat down and cover with a lid that is slightly askew to let the steam escape. Cook about 20 minutes, until the water is all gone.

Steps 7

Remove the bay leaves from the adobo. In a small bowl, mix the Corn Starch with a tablespoon of water then stir it into the sauce. Let the sauce boil and thicken until the chicken and vegetables are well glazed. Serve over the rice.

Steps 8

Let the sauce boil and thicken until the chicken and vegetables are well glazed.

Steps 9

Serve over the rice. Enjoy!