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How to Make Quick and Easy Filipino Chicken Adobo

Adobong manok (Filipino chicken adobo)

Adobong manok (Filipino chicken adobo)

Mama Sita Adobo Mix Recipe

Adobo is a very typical Filipino dish. Interestingly, the dish actually originated in Spain, but it has since spread to the Philippines as well as Latin America. Specifically, adobo refers to the marinade of spices and vinegar used to help preserve meat. In the Philippines, we created our own version of that marinade by adding soy sauce.

But this recipe is for busy people like myself. We'll take a shortcut and use an adobo mix to cut the preparation time.

Traditionally, this dish is made with chicken, but there are many variations. You can include pork, potatoes, and other ingredients, as well. So try out this recipe and see which variations you prefer.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

40 min

55 min

6 servings


  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 packet Mama Sita's Adobo Mix, available at Asian stores


  1. Dissolve the adobo mix in water and marinate the chicken in it, preferably overnight in the refrigerator. (If you're pressed for time, you can marinate for just 10-15 minutes.) Reserve the marinade for later.
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and brown the meat for about 6 minutes.
  3. Add the reserved marinade to the pan and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the meat is cooked. Add more water if needed.
  5. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Suggestions and Variations

  • Use chicken thighs. Do not use chicken breasts because these will become tough.
  • Add cubed potatoes to the pot halfway through the cooking time. It takes approximately 15 minutes to cook the cubed potatoes.
  • Instead of chicken, you can use other kinds of meat in this recipe.

Adobo Mix