Adobo is a popular Filipino dish made from either meat or vegetable and a combination of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bayleaf & peppercorns for its simmering sauce. Every household has their own adobo recipe – same basic ingredients but differs in proportions plus some other secret ingredients they add. It’s delicious freshly cooked but reheating the following day further develops its flavour.
I remember my college professor way back telling us that adobo can last for days mainly because vinegar and soy sauce acts as preserving agents (like pickles I suppose). At home, we cook double the amount and then keep it in a sealed container in the fridge and reheat a few scoops of it when we want to eat some.
I usually use the Philippine brand of soy sauce and vinegar (Datu Puti found in Asian Stores) to make it more of our taste. But with this recipe, I used apple cider vinegar and store brand soy sauce in case you cannot get a hold of them. I can guarantee you it tastes just as good.
The way I do my adobo is, I combine all ingredients, give it a quick stir and let it simmer until meat is cooked but not soft. Then, I remove the meat and onions and fry them until it caramelizes. I then add spoonfuls of the sauce into the pan and slowly reduce until it becomes thick.
Mind you, your kitchen will be smelling like adobo for days. So keep your exhaust fan on high, open your window or better yet cook it outside. But it’s gonna be worth it.
Go ahead and try this recipe. Hope you like it as much as we do. Enjoy!
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1/2 head of garlic, smashed (5-6 cloves)
1/4 teaspoon cracked peppercorns
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
500 grams chicken thighs
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil (or any vegetable oil)
In a saucepan, combine onion, garlic, bayleaf, cracked peppercorns, vinegar, soy sauce. Stir. Add in chicken thighs. Roll it in the marinade so its well coated.
Turn on stove to medium heat and allow the chicken-marinade mixture to boil. Turn the chicken thighs once in a while to cook evenly. Cook with cover slightly open for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat.
You will notice that it will have more liquid. Separate the chicken & onion/garlic from the liquid and transfer to a skillet. DO NOT throw away the liquid, set it aside.
On medium heat, allow the chicken & onion/garlic to caramelize with 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil. Once caramelized, slowly add in the liquid a few spoonfuls at a time. Let the liquid reduce until thick and saucy.
NOTE: Best eaten with steamed rice but since we’re on LCHF &/or Keto, here are some suggested side dishes
Diced Tomatoes & Salted Eggs