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Chicken Adobo with Coconut Milk (Adobo sa Gata)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"In the Philippines, adobo is both a beloved cooking technique and a tangy marinated and braised meat dish. It's akin to the French coq au vin, but with a flavor all its own. You can use different types of meat or fish, but chicken is a favorite. Serve with steamed or fried rice."
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1 h 40 m servings 668
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, coffee, and brown sugar in a bowl until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Heat coconut oil in an 8-quart Dutch oven over high heat. Working in batches, add chicken, skin sides down first, and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Drain all but 2 tablespoons drippings from Dutch oven and return to heat. Add chopped garlic and fry until light brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove to a small bowl, leaving drippings in the pot. Add shallots and minced garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until shallots are translucent and garlic has browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Put peppercorns and bay leaves in a square of cheesecloth tied with kitchen string. Add browned chicken quarters, vinegar mixture, and spice bundle to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add shiitake and oyster mushrooms, coconut cream, and turmeric. Cover and simmer until chicken is tender, 15 to 20 minutes more.
  5. Cut leg quarters in half at joint or pull meat from bones and shred. Remove spice bundle and skim fat from sauce. Return chicken to the sauce. Sprinkle with green onions and the fried garlic.


  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of cooking liquid. The actual amount of cooking liquid consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 668 calories; 31.6 49.8 45.5 140 2880 Full nutrition

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