Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chicken Adobo

You will need:
9 drumsticks(or a little over 2 pounds of chicken)
2 bay leaves
2 cups of water
peanut oil

To marinade the chicken you will need:
1/4 cup of vinegar
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of freshly grated ginger(or more depending on preference)
1/4 tsp of salt(you may need to add more later)
3 T of palm sugar(may use sugar)
1/4 tsp of msg(optional)

Marinade your chicken for a couple of hours(preferably overnight). Take the chicken out of the fridge and bring to room temp. With your wok on medium high heat, add some peanut oil and carefully add your chicken, along with the juices. Fry chicken for about 3 minutes, turning often, then add in your 2 cups of water and your bay leaves. Let it come to a rolling boil and remove any scum that rises to the surface. Turn the heat down to medium low, cover with lid, and allow to simmer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, remove lid, turn the heat up a bit, and cook until sauce has reduced, about 30 more minutes. Meat should be tender, and falling off the bone. Taste check. You should get a good cross between salty/sweet and tangy!! Add more soy sauce, sugar, or vinegar if needed!


  1. Hi Sav! I love your blog and videos! I was wondering where you purchased your palm sugar from or how did you get it to become somewhat liquid-y? The only ones I have seen sold at the markets are hard, solid various shapes of palm sugar and not like the one I saw you use in the video.

    1. Thank you so much! I'm posting a tutorial on how to melt palm sugar this weekend! Check back in soon! :)

  2. Thank you !! I tried this recipe and the whole family loved it especially the tiny people of the house who are extremely picky eaters lol.

    1. Unfortunately I didn't have palm sugar and was low on regular sugar so I used honey and it came out alright ;-) thanks again! I really appreciate & love your videos!!

    2. Thank you! My kids love this dish too! I'm so glad that the honey substitute worked for you. That's genius because I would've never thought to use that!


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