Weekend Cuisine: Chicken Adobo.

This week’s tummy travels take us all the way to the Philippines, it is also a place I would not mind visiting, for its beautiful beaches, people and diverse cuisine. But since I can’t go there for now, I can at least try to make a dish from there right?

Chicken Adobo is basically Chicken marinated and braised in garlic, vinegar, oil and soy sauce. It is amazing how the few ingredients turn the chicken into a delectable delight that will have you licking your fingers and smacking your lips. There are so many variations to this recipe, so I used one that I found was easier for me as I had all the ingredients on hand.Let’s get started.

Ingredients: Chicken legs and drumsticks, about 1kg, 1/4 cup chopped garlic, 2 bay leaves,2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/4 cup white vinegar, Water 1 cup, Salt, 1 tbsp black peppercorns, 2tbsp oil.
Marinate the chicken in the soy sauce, bay leaves, garlic, black pepper, vinegar and water. You can marinate overnight or for a couple of hours.
Heat your pan and brown your chicken pieces a bit and set aside.
In the same pan, sautΓ© a small onion and around 4 chopped garlic cloves.
Add the marinade, let it come to simmer then add the chicken, let it cook for 25-30 minutes till it is all brown and the sauce has reduced and thickened.
The sauce will thicken to an almost syrupy consistency. Ensure the chicken is well done before serving. Also check on seasoning.

Chicken adobo is usually served with steamed rice. Which works well with the intense flavour of the sauce and the meat. There are many variations of the dish on the world wide web, one can choose what to go with.

We had ours with matoke (green banana) fries and a salad. You can deep fry or bake the green bananas. I prefer baking as it is healthier. Deep frying them is not so bad for a treat too as they cook really fast and do not absorb as much oil as potatoes. Whichever method you choose, season them with some salt, garlic powder and paprika, they work really well with these fries. And of course, do not forget your salad.

That chicken tastes as good as it looks folks.
The salad was lettuce, cucumber, onion and tomato dressed in olive oil and lemon juice. Perfect!

This is a delicious meal you will find yourself making over and over again, I know I will! How good was it? There were NO leftovers!

It is definitely worth a try and I can say our tummy travels to The Phillipines were quite successful.

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