Unless you’re a vegetarian, I’d wager one of your weekly purchases at the grocery is chicken. I always pick up a pack of skinless boneless breasts, but week after week of the same ho hum preparation, while comfortable, can be a bit boring. Using just a few ingredients I already had on hand, I started adding this adobo preparation to my chicken repertoire and it was an instant hit.

There are numerous styles of adobo marinades from around the world, but this process follows a more traditional Filipino recipe which involves stewing the chicken thighs in vinegar. Soy sauce and a few spices add a ton of flavor and help create a delicious, tender meat.

On those days when you’re looking for a bit more zip and zing at dinner time using just a handful of ingredients from your pantry, try this Adobo Chicken over steamed rice for happy faces all around!


Adobo Chicken

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 .5-2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 1/4 Cup white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Small Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Dried bay leaves



    Sodium: 590mg | Cholesterol: 190mg | Calories: 280kcal | Fat: 9g | Protein: 45g | Carbohydrates: 2g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. Is there a reason why I can’t marinate the chicken in the pot I’m going to cook it in? Just wondering… Thanks so much!

    2. Made this for dinner tonight and my three picky eaters absolutely loved it. So easy to put together! A definite keeper, Thank you!

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    4. Catherine, this looks great! I can’t wait to try with my 8 yr old. I love that you include many authentic recipes for kids to try. I like serving dinner from other regions. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the good mac n’ cheese too!

    5. I was about to make this for dinner tonight, but I am out of bay leaves! Is there anything else I can sub for close to the Adobo flavor?

    6. Wow— I was shocked at how delicious this recipe was based on its humble ingredients. And ridiculously easy. My 2.5 year olds gobbled it up! Thanks!

    7. I’d love to try this recipe but am a bit unsure. It seems there is not enough liquid to boil after marinating the chicken – it’s less than half a cup for 1.5-2 lb chicken. One post mentioned tripling the liquid to have some sauce for rice. I guess I can at least double the liquids to make sure there is enough to boil and cook the chicken…

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