Filipino cuisine is a complex fusion of Spanish, Western, and Japanese flavors.

Im a female sushi chef but I recently went on a Filipino cooking spree and wanted to share some elementary recipes with y' all. Being born in America I have a multicultural diet that includes basically everything from Italian to sushi.

One of the most well-renowned dishes in Filipino cuisine, Chicken adobo is an

exquisite blend of seafood, meat, and marinated vegetables. People in the Philippines

are accustomed to making dishes with salt and vinegar to preserve the dishes for

longer periods in their tropical climates. Referred to as Adobo Manok in the

Philippines, this dish is well known for its tangy and spicy taste, which is also slightly

sweet. This mouthwatering blend of flavors is what sets it apart from other Filipino

cuisine dishes.

Adobo has recently evolved beyond its traditional roots as a simple island recipe,

highlighting in New York in famous Filipino restaurants such as Purple Yam. The

former President of the United States, Barrack Obama also showed his appreciation

for this savory dish. It has also headlined TV cooking shows such as Top Chef and

has gained much popularity.

Chicken adobo is an ideal dish for lunch or dinner. The extraordinary thing about

this formula is that everything completes in one pot and the ingredients can easily be

found in any local stores. Marinating the chicken beforehand is also not required since

whilst cooking, the sauce infuses itself into the chicken beautifully, thus creating the

beautiful fragrant Adobo chicken that you’re aiming to make.

Chicken Adobo is extremely easy to prepare, with an approximate preparation time of

up to 30 minutes. There are numerous methods to cook adobo, for instance: you can

make it with a moderate cooker or simmering pot chicken adobo, however, cooking it

on the burner with a skillet is brisk and simple, which is what I personally


My version of the Chicken Adobo incorporates the essence of the Filipino cuisine

dish, using ingredients you can find at any American market.


  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs or drumsticks. optional remove skin

  • 3/4 cup cane, rice or white vinegar

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce

  • 8 garlic cloves crushed

  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns or ground black pepper

  • 4 bay leaves

  • 2 tablespoon canola oil

Step 1

Combine Chicken, vinegar, soy sauce, pepper, bay leaves in a bowl. Marinate for 30 minutes, or up to overnight. (optional)

Step 2

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in pan over high heat. Remove chicken from the marinade (reserve marinade) and place in the pan. Sear both sides until browned – about 2 minute on each side. Do not cook the chicken all the way through. Remove chicken from pan and set aside

Step 3

Heat the remaining oil and add garlic and onion cook till soft.

Add the reserved marinade of soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, black pepper and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer then turn heat down to medium high. Simmer 10 minutes.

Step 4

Add chicken and simmer uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, turning chicken once after 15 minutes. Simmer until the sauce reduces down to a thick gravy like consistency.

If sauce isn't thick, remove chicken and allow sauce to simmer and thicken.

Return chicken to pan to coat in sauce then serve with rice and vegetables.

Wherever you are in the world I wish you love and positive energies. Remember everyone in different ways are affected with what's going on during this 2020. Be good to yourself and to others when you can.

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Jenny SuShe