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Delicious & Easy Filipino Chicken Adobo (Gluten-Free)

Step into the heart of Filipino cuisine and you'll inevitably encounter the rich, aromatic embrace of Chicken Adobo. More than just a dish, Chicken Adobo is a cultural icon, a testament to the fusion of flavors, and a celebration of simplicity and depth in cooking. Join us as we embark on a flavorful journey through the culinary landscape of the Philippines, exploring the soul-warming delight that is Chicken Adobo.

Exploring the Roots

To truly appreciate Chicken Adobo, one must understand its roots deeply embedded in Filipino history and culture. Originating during the Spanish colonial period, the word "adobo" is derived from the Spanish term for marinade or seasoning. However, the dish itself reflects the resourcefulness of Filipino cooks who adapted indigenous cooking techniques to preserve meat in vinegar and salt, long before refrigeration was commonplace.

Simple Ingredients

At the heart of Chicken Adobo lies its simplicity. Basic yet bold, the ingredients dance together in harmony to create a symphony of flavors. Vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and black peppercorns form the core ensemble, infusing the chicken with a tantalizing blend of tanginess, saltiness, and earthiness. The beauty of Chicken Adobo lies in its adaptability - variations abound, with each region, household, or cook adding their own unique twist to the recipe.

The Art of Cooking

Cooking Chicken Adobo is more than just following a recipe; it's an art form passed down through generations. The process begins with marinating the chicken pieces in the piquant blend of vinegar, soy sauce, and spices, allowing the flavors to penetrate deeply into the meat. Then, the marinated chicken is gently simmered until tender, creating a luscious sauce that begs to be spooned over steamed rice.

Savoring the Flavor

As the aroma of simmering Chicken Adobo fills the air, anticipation builds for the moment of tasting. Each tender bite is a revelation, a burst of savory-sweet goodness that awakens the taste buds and comforts the soul. The tender meat, infused with the tang of vinegar and the richness of soy sauce, is a testament to the beauty of simplicity in cooking.

Beyond the Plate

Chicken Adobo transcends the confines of the plate, embodying the spirit of Filipino hospitality and community. It's a dish meant to be shared, enjoyed with loved ones gathered around the table, swapping stories and laughter. Whether served at a festive celebration or a cozy family dinner, Chicken Adobo brings people together, forging connections that nourish both body and soul.

In every simmering pot of Chicken Adobo, there's a story waiting to be told - a story of resilience, ingenuity, and the unbreakable bond between food and culture. As we savor each delicious bite, let us pay homage to the humble yet extraordinary dish that is Chicken Adobo, a true icon of Filipino cuisine.

50 ways to use ZEN Stir Fry Sauce: Filipino Chicken Adobo

What you'll need:

  • 3 lbs of chicken (we used leg quarters, feel free to use chicken breast)

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil of your choice

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorn

  • 1/2 cup ZEN stir fry sauce

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 6 whole bay leaves


  • Optional- In a large bowl, combine the chicken with ZEN stir fry sauce, vinegar, minced garlic, and whole black peppercorns. Toss well to ensure the chicken is evenly coated in the marinade. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.

  • Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and sear until lightly browned.

  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.

  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to low heat. Cover and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender.

  • Uncover and allow the sauce to thicken for an additional 10 minutes.

Final Touches:

  • Once the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened to your liking, taste and adjust the seasoning with salt if needed.

  • Garnish with chopped green onions for added freshness and color.


  • Serve hot with steamed white rice! Chicken adobo is often served with a side of boiled egg and vegetables for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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