1-Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo

Adobo means “marinade,” but this Filipino Chicken Adobo recipe doesn’t call for marinating before cooking. There’s very minimal preparations involved: just throw in all the ingredients in a pot or pan, and let the flavors meld while simmering.

Prep TimeCook TimeTotal TimeYields
5 minutes40 minutes45 minutes6 servings

Make it your way. I make this Filipino Chicken Adobo a wholesome meal by serving it with organic brown rice and vegetables.

If serving rice, cook the rice right before cooking the Filipino Chicken Adobo or during idle time in the kitchen. I personally use a rice cooker with a stainless-steel pot.

For busy weeknights, I use frozen organic vegetables as a side dish. My kids like sliced carrots, cut green beans, and green peas. I gently break up the package of frozen vegetables, then follow the package cooking directions about 10 minutes before the Filipino Chicken Adobo is done.


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup less sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 4 garlic cloves (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 small onion (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless


1. In a large pot or pan, ADD apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaf and black pepper.

2. SLICE the garlic and onion (skip this step if using garlic and onion powder).

3. ADD chicken, garlic and onion to the pan. Chicken thighs often come curled up in the package, unfold them when adding to the pan.

4. BRING to a boil. SIMMER on medium-low heat, covered, 20 minutes.

5. TURN chicken over. SIMMER, covered, until tender, 20 minutes.



For a sweeter version, add 1 teaspoon raw sugar, or 3/4 teaspoon honey or maple syrup. To add even more flavor to the sauce, brown the chicken thighs in the pan first.

To cook in a slow cooker, cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours. To cook in an instant pot, cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. To cook in the oven, bake, covered, at 350°F for 1 hour.

For serving, share as an appetizer by itself or as a main dish with your favorite rice and vegetables.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Gealy says:

    Sounds delicious! I would have liked to see a photo – perhaps it didn’t last long enough for that!

    1. Picture is posted. Thank you for the heads up!

  2. ~Curiosity~ says:

    It sounds really good! I might try this. Would this recipe still work without adding sugar?

    1. Rox says:

      Hi! I think it will still work without the sugar. It may just taste a little more tangy (which I don’t mind myself). I might try making it without the sugar, if I do I’ll make sure to let you know here. Thank you for reading! ~Roxanne

    2. ~Curiosity~ says:

      Sure, I would love to know how it turns out without the sugar. I am doing this Sugar Free meal plan for the past 3 days and have documented how I have been avoiding added/hidden sugars. https://passionforlotion.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/sugar-free-day-1/. If you get a chance I would love to get some of your recipe references on the comments (without added/hidden sugars) on those posts. It could be a great little collaboration project! Just an idea! 🙂

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