Chicken "Adobo"

Chicken "Adobo"

Chicken drumsticks cooked in a tangy mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves.

Chicken or pork made in the «adobo» style is the national dish of the Philippines. Every Filippino family throws their own spin on this recipe which may or may not require marinating the meat and always includes some frying («adobo» means «frying»). In any case, it is almost surprising that such an easy-going recipe (nicknamed «Lazy Chicken») delivers such a tasty result.

4 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 30 min

270 calories per serving 


8 chicken drumsticks   900 g
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped    
1 tbsp canola oil   15 mL
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar   85 mL
1/4 cup water   65 mL
1/4 cup wheat-free soy sauce   65 mL
1/2 tsp peppercorns   2 g
2 bay leaf   0.4 g

Before you start

Keep the serving plates in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.


  1. Pat the chicken dry. Coarsely chop the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, until hot but not smoking. Add the chicken drumsticks, without crowding the skillet in order to ease the browning of the meat on each side, about 7-8 min per batch. Transfer the chicken as browned to a plate. If applicable, repeat the operation with the remaining drumsticks.
  3. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from the skillet and cook the garlic 1-2 min in the remaining fat over low heat, with stirring. Add the vinegar, water, soy sauce, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Bring the liquid to a boil, then put the chicken with any accumulated juices back into the skillet, lower the heat and simmer, covered, 15 min.
  4. Remove the lid and cook over moderately low heat, turning the chicken 2 or 3 times, until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is tender, about 15 min (there should be no need to add any salt since the soy sauce is already rather salty). Serve.


Serve the chicken with its sauce on a bed of rice.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (170g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




17 g

27 %

Saturated 0.2 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

1 %


80 mg


530 mg

22 %


4 g

1 %


0 g

1 %


0 g


25 g

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

2 %


2 %


4 %

More info

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¼ serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

More info


Free :
Saturated Fat, Sugar, Trans Fat
Source of :
Manganese, Vitamin D

More info

This recipe is in the following categories: Poultry | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | Kosher | Low Saturated Fat | Asian

You may like :

Go to the blog >>


Get nutrition advice and cooking tips delivered for free in your mail box every week!