Chicken Adobo with Coconut Milk

Years ago, some Filipino friends gave me the recipe for their succulent Chicken Adobo. I’ve lost the recipe but remember the basic measurements: ¼ cup vinegar, 1/2  cup soy sauce, 1 cup water, add garlic and ginger. I added coconut milk, hot oil and sesame oil. If you want more heat, add a few of those dried small red chilies. Once the marinade is made and the chicken is cut up, it is an easy heat and eat on a night you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. I use the leftover skin, back and rib bones to make Roz’s Jewish Chicken Soup . I made rice with the broth. Ingredients: 1 large cut-up chicken. Remove skin, excess fat, wing tips, back and rib bones. You can also save time and trouble and make this with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Marinade:

1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp finely minced fresh ginger
½ cup coconut milk (I use low-fat )
1/2 cup soy sauce
¼ cup white vinegar
1 tsp hot chili oil
1 tsp sesame oil
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp paprika

Combine marinade ingredients and pour over chicken pieces. Marinate for several hours in a plastic container. Pour chicken and marinade into a large pot. Add 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to medium. Cook for ½ hour. Serve over rice, spooning cooking liquid and onions over chicken and rice. for a pan-Asian dinner, add cooked sliced chicken to towards the end of cooking the vegetables.


One response to “Chicken Adobo with Coconut Milk

  1. The secret to a great adobo is all in the sauce, you can add a bit of brown sugar and omit the sesame oil. Marinate, let the chicken boil in the sauce for a few minutes then once cooked, saute garlic then remove the chicken from the sauce. When it is a bit brown and sticky add the sauce again and lower the heat, let the sauce reduce and store it. Adobo is better when its a few days old, lets the flavor get inside the chicken. Lots of garlic is really good. Oh and don’t remove the skin when cooking, it adds flavor just remove it when you’re about to eat it if you don’t really want to consume it 🙂

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