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Adobong Manok (Chicken Adobo)

2 May

Adobong Manok Chicken Adobo


  • 1 whole chicken, cut up into pieces
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 whole chopped onion
  • 1 whole chopped tomato
  • 2/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 5 bay leaves
  • Optional:  Mang Tomas All-Purpose Sauce and Oyster Sauce


  1. Heat up some cooking oil in a pan.
  2. Saute the garlic, onion, and tomato.
  3. Mix in the chicken.
  4. Let it simmer for around 15 minutes.
  5. Put some soy sauce and let it simmer again for roughly around 15 minutes.  Mix it from time to time.
  6. Add some vinegar.  Cover it and don’t stir.  Let it boil.
  7. Once boiling, put some bay leaves and mix it.
  8. Simmer it until you reach desired consistency of the sauce.  We like the sauce thick so I would simmer it for roughly 20 more minutes on low to medium heat.
  9. Serve with rice.



Chicken Adobo or Adobong Manok is undoubtedly the most popular dish in the Philippines.  Everybody likes it and almost everybody knows how to cook it.  And also, everybody has their own recipe of Adobo.  Like me for example.  I have seen some of my relatives cook adobo and without tomatoes.  I have also seen one of my aunt put tomato sauce on her adobo.  See, everybody has their own style.  And this particular Pinoy recipe is “my style.”  But I actually got it from my Aunt Ruth because that’s how she makes her adobo.  She would put tomatoes and I find it a lot better compared to adobo without tomatoes.

But anyway, like what I have said, everybody has their own style and preference when it comes to cooking.  You should go with what you are comfortable with.  Like on this particular video recipe, at first, we mentioned that the optional ingredients are Mang Tomas All-Purpose Sauce and oyster sauce.  While cooking the adobo, I was really hesitant on adding those two ingredients because I don’t know how it will turn out.  It will probably turn out good, but the thing is, we made this particular video recipe for my brother-in-law who doesn’t even know what adobo tastes like.  And besides, I don’t even know if there is an Asian store where he can buy Mang Tomas All-Purpose Sauce.  So, we decided to not include those two optional ingredients and just go with what I know and what Nunnie likes.

It came out really good.  I am glad that Nunnie likes it.  And I like it too.  The good thing about Chicken Adobo or even pork adobo, is that the longer you store it, the better it tastes.  I don’t know, for me, this Filipino recipe just tastes better when you serve it the next day.  Next time, I am going to try to make it with Mang Tomas All-Purpose Sauce and oyster sauce and I will let you know how it turns out.

16 Responses to “Adobong Manok (Chicken Adobo)”

  1. Karen Salvador 03. May, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Hi MikeSpizer, thanks for visiting my blog. I’m glad you like it.

  2. marivic 19. May, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    uday saan ko ilalagay ung oyster sauce? i agreee with mike uday, in very recipes that has a vinegar on it u cannot stir ,,i am not sure why? i remenber back in china before they said it wont cook properly if you put vinegar then stir it rigth away….i love all your recipes always making it too thank you,,,love u uday!!!

  3. au 20. May, 2010 at 3:47 am #

    Hi Karen!

    I watched your video out of curiosity and was even more interested when I heard the american accent of the annotator! Would love to try cooking adobo with tomatoes since it’s the first time that I’ve ever seen it being cooked in adobo. By the way, they say that one shouldn’t stir when putting vinegar because of the acid. We can only stir after the acid has evaporated (through boiling). If one stirs the vinegar right away, it will taste bitter.

    Looking forward to cooking and eating your yummy adobo!

  4. Karen 20. May, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Marivic!

    Hindi na namin nilagay yung oyster sauce tsaka yung mang tomas kasi hindi namin alam kung ano magiging outcome. E si Mike gusto nya yung original recipe ko ng adobo which is walang oyster sauce at mang tomas, pero may kamatis. Thanks at nagustuhan mo yung mga recipes namin, try mo din yung kaldereta, sigurado magugustuhan mo ;)

  5. Karen 20. May, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Au!

    Thanks for watching the video. Mike and I are trying really hard to make really good Pinoy recipes for everybody. By the way, I got that style (where you put tomato) from one of my aunts. I do have another aunt who would put tomato sauce and it always comes out good. You might wanna try that too.

    Mike is really having fun narrating the videos because it makes him sound like he knows a lot about cooking :)

  6. Keisa 15. Sep, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    DEEELLLICOUS !! Gracias.. Gracias. My filipino friend came over and ate this version Adobe and said it was good. The family loved it even more. Thumbs up !

  7. Karen of Pinoy Recipe 16. Sep, 2010 at 1:40 am #

    Keisa, thank goodness you like it! Did the tomatoes made the difference? I love adding tomatoes in my adobo.

  8. Keisa 16. Sep, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Being I have never made this before, it came out superb., so until you publish something even better this is how I am going to make mine here on out. lol(Oh, my friend Veronica said she liked it with the tomatoes, she doesnt put it in her version however she like it this way too.

  9. kjenjoh 19. Nov, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    hello karen,

    just watched on your cooking of chicken adobo, that’s the traditional way of cooking it right? As for me, I cook chicken adobo in a little different way,hehe coz I find it so good. Anyway, I’ve been using oyster sauce in addition to soy sauce in making it and since I don’t have vinegar coz my husband doesn’t like the smell of it, I always use tomatoes instead then before I mix the chicken from the first sauted ingredients, I fry it first to golden brown.. that’s it….;)

  10. banx0xkai 04. Jul, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    The video is very informative and step by step, this serves as a basic tutorial for all your viewer. Nice chicken Recipe, if you like you can visit other versions of video here at

  11. athena 09. Jul, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    Its me Athena from work, I made your chicken adobo (without tomatoes, because i was out) it turned out great and my hubby loved it…thanks ill be making a few other recipes as well and ill let u know how they turn out!!

  12. Kristy 01. Sep, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    I made this chicken adobo but I added some pork and it came out so good! My hubby loved it and he said I could make this anytime. Thanks a lot Karen. Please upload more videos.

  13. Jhari 13. Mar, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    OMG. My 2nd attempt to cook Chicken Adobo, and Alhamdulillah Thank God it’s perfect. 1st time was a failure. Good thing I found your video recipe and tried it today. Hope my in-laws will like it too. Thanks for the upload.

  14. Karen 15. Mar, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    Hi Jhari, I’m glad you like my version of Chicken Adobo. If you have any questions about my recipes, don’t hesitate to ask :)

  15. crazy me 07. Apr, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    great recipe, i have a history of that in my site.

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