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Lolah's Chicken Adobo


"My Filipino Mom taught me how to make this traditional dish following the recipe her mother taught her. And though I've made a couple of changes, I guarantee they're Mom-approved. 'Lolah' is 'Grandma' in the Philippines, in case you were wondering. Serve over steamed rice."
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1 h 20 m servings 265 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat until oil is shimmering. Cook garlic in oil for no more than 30 seconds. Add all of the chicken to the pot; cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is white all over. Do not brown.
  2. Pour in soy sauce, vinegar, and water, and add the pickling spice. Make sure the spice ball is submerged. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and place lid on pot so that some steam can escape. Simmer for 1 hour, or until chicken is very tender.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 265 calories; 11.8 g fat; 2.6 g carbohydrates; 34.6 g protein; 141 mg cholesterol; 1050 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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  1. 51 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

I added bay leaves to my adobo. The vinegary taste is part of the dish. Filipinos also mix pork and chicken together. Thanks for the recipe. Lola would be proud.

Most helpful critical review

Sorry, but even using a low salt soy sauce, I found this way to salty. The soy saltiness was so overpowering I couldn't even taste the other spices.

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I added bay leaves to my adobo. The vinegary taste is part of the dish. Filipinos also mix pork and chicken together. Thanks for the recipe. Lola would be proud.

Very tasty! This recipe is excellent for the pork version, too.

I knew when i looked over the recipe that i would like this one and i was right. It was really good! It was the first time i used pickling seasoning. I thought it gave it a good flavor. I did ho...

Great adobo recipe, For those who find ita bit or too salty, that's what the rice is for..

My husband is Filipino and I have grown to love Filipino food over the years. I was looking for a good recipe that I could use that was similar to the way his Mom makes it. This is it! The only...

So yummy and easy! My five year old loves it too! The only thing I did different was instead of pickling spice (did not have any) I used bay leaf, a dash of cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper.

Delicious recipe! Just right for my adobo craving tonight. I added a little more water at the end to keep the sauce from completely evaporating, and added a little Splenda for sweetness. We h...

Great dish. Everyone in the family loved it.

Pretty true to the original recipe as my family knows it. 1:1:1 water:vinegar:soy sauce ratio. Instead of pickling spice, we just toss in a few whole peppercorns and bay leaves and call it good...