Chicken Adobo is an authentic Filipino dish and is one of the mostly recognized Filipino comfort foods. This recipe comes from Geoff King of The Scratch Truck in Minneapolis, MN.

chicken adobo over rice

Adobong Manok (Chicken Adobo)

Yield: 4 – 6 servings


  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken, quartered and cut into pieces
  • 1 ½ cups dry white rice
  • 1/3 tablespoon salt


  • 1 ½ cups sugar cane vinegar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppercorns or coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 whole star anise


In a large bowl, combine all of the marinade ingredients. Add the chicken pieces, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight.

In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the chicken and marinade over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer on low until the chicken is tender and sauce is reduced by about half, this will take from 40 to 45 minutes.

Put the water on to boil in a large pot, add salt and a few drops of oil, and when boiling add the rice. Cover and cook until for 7-8 minutes.

Remove the bay leaves and star anise, and serve hot with rice.