• Chicken Adobo

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    Chicken Adobo
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 30 min Servings: 4
    by Julie Saqueton
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    For a delicious variation of "meat and potatoes" try this saucy, flavorful version of a filipino favorite, served over rice.


    • 2 boneless breast halves of chicken
    • 1 large russet potato
    • 1 yellow onion
    • Soy sauce
    • White vinegar
    • Lemon juice


    1. Cut uncooked chicken into small thin slices and spread them out on chopping board.
    2. Salt all pieces
    3. Put chicken in mixing bowl and cover with soy sauce just enough to ensure chicken pieces are covered/change color (approx 2-3 tbs)
    4. Add 1 tbs minced garlic to bowl and mix
    5. Let soak for 20 mins at least.
    6. Meanwhile, Peel and cut potato into bite size pieces.
    7. Fry (medium) in 1 tbs olive oil in tall covered pan (to avoid splatter).
    8. When potato is almost cooked, add a little soy sauce onto potato to change color(approx 1 tbs).
    9. Stir and cook about 1 additional minute, then remove potato and put in clean bowl.
    10. Peel onion and cut into small pieces
    11. Saute onions (medium-low) in covered pan when potato is removed.
    12. When onion is mostly cooked, add a little soy sauce onto onion to change color.
    13. Stir, and cook about 1 additional minute.
    14. Remove onion, and add to potato bowl.
    15. Cook chicken in same pan with approx. 1 tbs oil.
    16. Spread pieces of chicken over pan, covering bottom of pan.
    17. Cook on medium in covered pan (It takes about 2 batches to cook chicken).
    18. Turn chicken over when chicken is shrinking. Total cooking time is about 5 minutes.
    19. Remove meat when starting to brown
    20. Add 2nd batch. (usually there is enough oil from first batch to cook second batch, if not add a little).
    21. Remove last batch of meat.
    22. Add soy sauce (1tbs), lemon juice (1 tbs) and water (1/2 cup) to pan, and wait until it begins boiling
    23. add 1 tbs white vinegar (don’t stir and don’t cover) and let boil again briefly until strong vinegar smell is gone
    24. then dump everything back until it boils. Then turn off. You're done.
    25. Serve over rice if desired.

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    • Nancy Miyasaki
      Nancy Miyasaki
      We made this last night. The kids loved it (the meat more than the potatoes). It is yummy comfort food. When I do it again, I will try more soy (or maybe a little fish sauce) and a little less vinegar to give it a saltier and less sour flavor.


      • ShaleeDP
        This is a different version of the Filipino Adobo recipe.... it looks good too. I put pepper and a pinch of dried basil into my recipe. thanks for sharing tho.
        • John Spottiswood
          John Spottiswood
          This sounds yummy, Julie! How did you manage to craft a 25 step recipe from 6 ingredients? Impressive! :-)

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