Chicken Gizzard Adobo: A Filipino-Inspired Recipe

Updated on March 27, 2020
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adobo chicken gizzard recipe
adobo chicken gizzard recipe | Source

Adobo is found in several different countries around the world, but one of the most famous is from the Philippines. Within the Philippines, different regions have their own variations. Typically, this dish is made with meat or vegetables with bay leaf, garlic, peppercorns, soy sauce, and vinegar.

Recently I was craving Filipino-style adobo, so I decided to make it at home. Instead of fresh garlic, I used crispy fried garlic bits (which you can buy at the store or make at home). With those crispy fried garlic bits, the taste and texture changed. It was really great!

Let's look at my recipe for chicken gizzard adobo.

ingredients for adobo chicken gizzard recipe
ingredients for adobo chicken gizzard recipe | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 2 servings


  • 250 grams chicken gizzards, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups water or chicken gizzard stock
  • 2 small potatoes, cubed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Crispy fried garlic bits
  • Few pinches of salt, to tenderize gizzard
  • Few drops of vinegar, to tenderize gizzard
  • 3 cups water, to tenderize gizzard
  • Oil


For Preparation:

  • 1 plate
  • 2 small bowls
  • 2 medium bowls
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • sooking spoon
  • strainer
  • bowl


  1. Remove fat from the gizzards, rinse them twice with water, then salt them.
  2. Put salted gizzards, vinegar, and water in a pot. Bring to boil for about 25 to 35 minutes or until tender.
  3. Cut the potatoes into cubes. Soak them in water and set aside.
  4. Check the gizzards. If they're almost tender, remove them from the heat, drain, and reserve the water/stock. Let the gizzards cool before slicing them into pieces.
  5. Saute the gizzards in oil. Next, add all other ingredients in the same pot. Allow it to boil until gizzards and potatoes are fully cooked.
  6. Serve it immediately while still hot.

Chicken Gizzard Adobo Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  1. Slice meats or vegetables into smaller pieces for quicker cooking.
  2. Add fresh garlic and onions if preferred. Saute garlic and onion first before adding the other ingredients.
  3. Make it spicy by adding fresh bird's eye chilies.
  4. Use a pressure cooker, if available, for faster cooking of the gizzards.
  5. Add more liquid if necessary.
  6. Use gizzard stock to enhance the flavor of the whole dish.
  7. Add enough vinegar into boiling water to tenderize the gizzards and lessen their off-taste or fishy taste.

Finished Product

rice served with chicken gizzard adobo
rice served with chicken gizzard adobo | Source

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hello Liz,

      In the future, that is for sure! Thanks for the appreciation.

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      Liz Westwood 

      22 months ago from UK

      This looks tasty. Maybe you should publish your recipes in a cook book.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hi Mary,

      Innards of animals are my favorite since I was a kid. My parents used to cook it because I used to have a problem witg my blood count before These foods are the best sources of the vitamins I need. That's where all started despite of the texture of most innards,

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      Mary Norton 

      22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to enjoy gizzards but have not eaten it for years now. Time to try some again.


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