Drool-Worthy Slow-Cooker Adobo Chicken Recipe: The Juiciest, Most Flavorful Chicken Ever by Elisa Schmitz

Drool-Worthy Slow-Cooker Adobo Chicken Recipe: The Juiciest, Most Flavorful Chicken Ever

If you’ve never tried adobo chicken, prepare to be wowed. My kids' grandmother (their Lola) is from the Philippines. As they were growing up, Lola often would make Filipino adobo chicken for us, and we all loved it. Widely considered to be the national dish of the Philippines, adobo chicken has a tasty, tangy flavor that you just can't get enough of. It's made with chicken thighs (or chicken legs), so the meal turns out exceptionally tender and juicy.

I recently decided to surprise my daughters by making adobo chicken for them. Because they grew up eating authentic chicken adobo made by their Lola, I was a bit worried that mine wouldn't measure up – especially since I made it in the slow cooker and not on the stovetop, as Lola does. Imagine how happy I was when they exclaimed, "This is even better than Lola's!" Now, I don't know if that's true, but I will say that this gluten-free recipe for adobo chicken turned out darn delicious. In fact, I'd go so far to say this drool-worthy recipe produces the juiciest, most flavorful chicken ever!

Here's what you need in order to make this incredibly savory meal tonight: boneless/skinless chicken thighs, white distilled vinegar, soy sauce or tamari, garlic, ginger, black peppercorns, onion, bay leaves and brown sugar. You put everything into the slow cooker and four hours later, you have an incredibly easy and delicious dinner you'll want to make all the time.

Serve this amazing chicken over rice to soak up the savory sauce. Add a side of your favorite vegetables to round out the meal!

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Cuisine: Filipino / Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours (high) or 8 hours (low)
Total Time: 4 to 8 hours
Servings: 8


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Recipe Notes

  • I used boneless/skinless chicken thighs, but you can try this recipe with chicken legs, too.
  • You can use regular soy sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, gluten-free soy sauce (which is what I used) or tamari for this recipe.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You also can freeze them.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Turn on your slow cooker. Place the vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, onion, peppercorns, brown sugar and bay leaves into the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Place the chicken into the mixture in the slow cooker. Toss to coat and ensure that everything is covered in the sauce. Cover the slow cooker with the lid.
  3. Cook on high heat for 4 hours or on low heat for 8 hours. Chicken is done when it reaches 165 degrees F on a food thermometer.
  4. Remove the bay leaves before serving. Serve over rice, and be sure to include plenty of delicious sauce.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 63

Total Fat: 1.3g

Saturated Fat: 0.2g

Cholesterol: 21mg

Sodium: 391mg

Total Carbohydrate: 7.3g

Dietary Fiber: 0.4g

Total Sugars: 3.8g

Protein: 5.9g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 14mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 43mg

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Elisa Schmitz
This is one of my favorite recipes of the year (so far). Incredibly moist, juicy, tender, delicious. Everyone is asking me to make it again and again!

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