Dating a Filipino dude for nearly four years means you get a lot of exposure to all kinds of yummy food. Pancit, lechon, LUMPIA (yum), ensaymada, bitsu-bitsu and more await every family gathering. I love pretty much everything I try (although I will admit I will probably never, ever try balut [don't google it]).
Another classic Filipino dish is Adobo. Adobo is Tagalog for “amazing mixture of all my favorite flavors.” Seriously, look it up. OK, OK, don’t. But you can take my word for it, this dish is amazing. It’s one of my favorites and it’s so simple to whip up in your home.
Soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic and coconut milk make this adobo sauce so rich and complex in flavor that you will not know what hit you. It’s a delicious melange of tangy, sour, garlicky goodness.
NOTE: I am NOT touting this as the best adobo recipe out there. That is simply not true. My boyfriend’s mother’s is the best ever. This is not a paid endorsement.
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¾ cups coconut milk, divided
- chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 lb chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-2″ chunks
- In a saucepan that’s large enough to hold the chicken in one layer, mix the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, pepper, 1 cup water, and half the coconut milk. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Add the chicken chunks. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook, turning once or twice, until the chicken is almost done. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
- Heat up your broiler, with the top rack about 4 inches from the heat source. Remove the chicken pieces from the liquid and place them in a heatproof baking pan. Place under the broiler and cook for 10 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway in between.
- Kick the heat under the sauce back up to high, and add the remaining coconut milk. Cook until sauce has reduced and thickened a bit. Discard the bay leaves and keep the sauce warm.
- Once ready, remove chicken from the oven. Serve chicken with sauce, and garnish with cilantro and pepper flakes if desired. Enjoy!