Chicken Adobo

Adobo is a well known and popular dish in the Philippines. People can eat Adobo for any meal of the day. Adobo can be cooked with chicken, pork, or both, though I prefer cooking it with chicken!


Naomi Hemley

Chicken Adobo is the national dish of the Philippines.

Naomi Hemley, Feature Editor


Adobo is the national dish of the Philippines and can be cooked with chicken, pork, or both. In the late 16th century, Spaniards saw Filipinos use a marinating method indigenous to the Philippines. The Spanish Colonizers used the term ‘Adobo’ to describe this method of cooking that was similar to the Spaniard’s own method. My mom used to make this dish all the time for me and I have many fond memories of eating adobo at my cousin’s house in the Philippines. Below is my mom’s recipe shared for others to enjoy.


First, you crush the head of garlic and then peel it. After, cut about ¼ of an onion. Then, cut that fourth into cubes. Cut your chicken into cubes. Combine all of your ingredients into a saucepan and let it boil on high. Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to simmer. After most of the sauce has evaporated and the sauce has become thicker, add a bit of olive oil. Finally, enjoy!


  • Whole head of garlic
  • About ¼ of an onion
  • 1 pound of chicken cut into cubes
  • ½ teaspoon of crushed peppercorn
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar