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Recipe: Chicken Adobo

This is a popular dish from the Philippines. In fact, many may argue it is its national dish. Adobo, which means seasoning or marinade in Spanish, is a preparation of pork, fish or chicken cooked in garlic, vinegar and oil. There are many ways to prepare this dish; some just place all the ingredients into a large pot and cook it slowly, turning the pieces to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. We hope you like this version which is a family favourite.


1 whole chicken
75 ml white vinegar
40ml Wing Yip Dark Soya Sauce
4 cloves garlic - crushed
1 onion - finely sliced
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 bay leaves
1 tsp brown sugar - optional
pepper to taste
chicken stock or water - optional

Cooking Method

Serves 4

Clean and cut up the chicken into pieces by first dividing the thighs, drumsticks, wings and the breasts. This should give you about 8 - 10 large pieces.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Place the oil in a large pot and fry half the garlic and onion.

Add the chicken and cook for several minutes, turning the pieces over in the pot.

Combine the vinegar, soy sauce & remaining garlic & bay leaves and add this to the chicken in the pot.

Bring to the boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

Remember to turn the chicken pieces over in the sauce.

Add a little chicken stock or water if more gravy is required.

Adjust seasoning and serve with steamed white rice