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Filipino Chicken Adobo

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 1 hr 55 min
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Filipino Chicken Adobo is a garlicky flavorful main dish that’s simple to make, and delicious! It’s paleo,


  • 1 1/2 lb chicken thighs & drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar (omit for whole30 and keto)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • Optional- pinch of red pepper flakes (omit for AIP)


  1. Pat the chicken dry to remove any excess moisture and set aside.
  2. Using a large bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, garlic, salt, and pepper and whisk well to combine.
  3. Add the chicken to the marinade mixture and stir to coat. Cover the bowl and allow to marinate in the fridge for 1-3 hours (or overnight).
  4. Using a large deep skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat. Use tongs to add the chicken to the pan, reserving the marinade. Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side to lightly crisp.
  5. Add in the marinade, bay leaves, coconut sugar, and water and bring to a low simmer. Cover the pan and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until the sauce is reduced and thick.
  6. Remove from the heat and serve topped with fresh green onion, and cauliflower rice if desired.
  • Prep Time: 1 hr 15 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Category: one pot meals
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Filipino


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 165
  • Fat: 9.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.8g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Protein: 13g