Duck Adobo


This twist on the Filipino classic adobo dish uses duck legs, which makes this version particularly rich and satisfying.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
6 servings


  • 6 duck legs

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup seasoned rice vinegar

  • ½ cup soy sauce, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons sambal chili paste, or other hot pepper sauce to taste

  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Season duck legs with salt and black pepper.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat; add duck legs, skin side down, and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove duck legs and drain all but 1 tablespoon of duck fat from the pan.

  3. Cook onion in reserved duck fat over medium heat until onion begins to turn translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Stir chicken broth, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sambal chili paste, and bay leaves into onion mixture; bring to a simmer. Return duck legs to the skillet, loosely cover, and simmer until duck legs are tender and easily pierced with a fork, about 2 hours.

  5. Remove cover from the skillet, increase heat to high, and cook until sauce is thick, about 5 minutes; season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Cook's Note:

You can use this recipe and substitute the duck for chicken or pork, you may just have to cook it a little less.

You can partially cover the pot cook with its lid or a lightly oiled piece of parchment paper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

111 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 111
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 1493mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 99mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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