Prep 25m Cook 1h 15m Additional - Ready In 1h 40m
Servings 8 servings Calories 667.6

In the Philippines, adobo is both a beloved cooking technique and a tangy marinated and braised meat dish. It’sakin to the French coq au vin, but with a flavor all its own. You can use different types of meat or fish, but chicken is a favorite. Serve with steamed or fried rice.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups spiced cane vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups soy sauce
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 8 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic
  • ⅓ cup minced shallots
  • ¼ cup minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 6 bay leaves
  • cheesecloth and kitchen string
  • ½ pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced
  • ½ pound oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, coffee, and brown sugar in a bowl until sugar is dissolved.
  2. 2 Heat coconut oil in an 8-quart Dutch oven over high heat. Working in batches, add chicken, skin sides down first, and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. 3 Drain all but 2 tablespoons drippings from Dutch oven and return to heat. Add chopped garlic and fry until light brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove to a small bowl, leaving drippings in the pot. Add shallots and minced garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until shallots are translucent and garlic has browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. 4 Put peppercorns and bay leaves in a square of cheesecloth tied with kitchen string. Add browned chicken quarters, vinegar mixture, and spice bundle to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add shiitake and oyster mushrooms, coconut cream, and turmeric. Cover and simmer until chicken is tender, 15 to 20 minutes more.
  5. 5 Cut leg quarters in half at joint or pull meat from bones and shred. Remove spice bundle and skim fat from sauce. Return chicken to the sauce. Sprinkle with green onions and the fried garlic.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 667.6
  • Carbohydrate 49.8 g
  • Cholesterol 139.8 mg
  • Fat 31.6 g
  • Fiber 2.6 g
  • Protein 45.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 15.6 g
  • Sodium 2879.5 mg
  • Sugar 38.4 g

Chef's Notes

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of cooking liquid. The actual amount of cooking liquid consumed will vary.


  1. This is going immediately into our dinner rotation. I did make some substitutions based upon what I had and what was available locally. I swapped cane vinegar for rice vinegar, molasses + brown sugar instead of dark brown vinegar, minced roasted garlic instead of regular minced, diced yellow onions instead of shallot. I added a - Read more ...
  2. Too complicated! I'm sure there's an easier way!
  3. Even better the following day!

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