Chicken Adobo


  • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • 5 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 14 oz. can coconut milk (400 ml)
  • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce (or ½ cup regular soy sauce)
  • 1/3 cup distilled white or cane vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 dried red chili (optional)
  • steamed jasmine rice, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. Rinse the chicken pieces and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels. Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat and add the oil. Brown the chicken on all sides until crisp.
  2. Add in the coconut milk, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper, bay leaves, garlic, and chili. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and allow to simmer for 1 hour (add a bit of hot water if you need more liquid).
  3. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, crank up the heat to medium high to thicken the sauce slightly. Serve over rice, and garnish with cilantro, if using.


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