Updated Feb. 12, 2018
Mode of Transport: Crispy Chicken Adobo Recipe
Adobo is the Filipino National Dish. The protein of choice is usually pork or chicken. What makes it special is the amalgam of ingredients that makes the dish significant to the people it belongs to. Who, like the dish itself, are a blend of cultures.
There are the Chinese influences injected with the use of Soy Sauce and Rice Wine Vinegar. India and Central Asia kicks in with Black Peppercorn and Bay Leaf. There are the natural resources such as sugar from the canes which are plentiful on the Island of the Philippines. Lastly, there is, of course, the contribution from its conquerors in the use of Garlic and Annatto brought over by the Spaniards/Portuguese from their previous conquests in South America.
To go along with our recipe, here’s a travel story: Manila, The Peninsula and Ali – The Greatest.Print
Adobo is a Filipino National Dish. This version uses chicken, and versus stewing, we use a hybrid that replicates braising. Easy and Delicious.
- 3 lbs of chicken parts
- 6 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1/2 cup of Light Soy Sauce
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 bayleaves
- 1 tablespoon of Annatto Oil (optional)
- Dash salt and pepper on chicken parts.
- In a Dutch Oven or deep pan, add 1 cup of oil over high heat.
- When oil is hot enough, start par-frying chicken parts, skin down for 5 minutes, turn for another 2. Do not crowd pan.
- Pull parts and set them aside.
- Pour out oil, leaving enough to line the pot.
- Lower heat to medium, then add garlic.
- When garlic browns, add cup soy sauce, vinegar, bayleaves, and sugar.
- Add chicken parts back.
- Bing heat up to high and bring to a boil. When boiling, bring heat to low. Leave for 40 minutes.
- After 40 minutes, take parts and place them skin side up on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 375.
- In the meantime, bring the heat back up to high and let sauce left in pot to render and thicken. About 2 minutes.
- Place chicken on a nice serving plate and pie over with rendered sauce.
- Serve with cooked vegetables and rice.
Let the taste of the culture transport you to the Philippines today. Just follow this recipe and off you go. Enjoy.
Where to have it in New York:
Filipino Foods having a moment in New York, headlined by East Village favorites Maharlika and Jeepney. Both excellent places to dine. The food is very good and makes for a fun night out. Its prime location make it a favorite for the fashionable and hipsterish crowd. However, if you want a more authentic feel, visit Grill 21, a 5 table establishment that makes you feel like you’ve been invited to a typical Filipino household, where orders seem to magically come out of a small kitchen in large quantities.
Where to have it in the World:
Manila! Where in specific? Aristocrats. There are a few locations in this small chain. Our favorite is the one located in the Makati neighborhood of the Manila. It’s a short walk from and to the Peninsula hotel, where you can have dessert excellent dessert at the main lounge, and end the night in fine style.
Are you going to try this dish? If so, please share your thoughts about it in the comments, we’d love to hear it.