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4.50 from 6 votes

Adobong Manok sa Patis

Chicken Adobo with fish sauce is easy to make yet full-on flavor. Savory and garlicky, it's perfect with steamed rice!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 416kcal


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 (3 to 4 pounds) whole chicken, cut-up to serving pieces
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, crushed
  • salt to taste


  • In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened.
  • Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and juices run clear.
  • Add fish sauce and bring to a boil for about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally to coat the chicken.
  • Add vinegar and bring to a boil, uncovered and without stirring, for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add water, bay leaves, and peppercorns.
  • Lower heat, cover and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and sauce is reduced. Season with salt to taste.


  • Give the fish sauce a few minutes to boil before adding the vinegar to mellow the "fishy" taste.
  • Allow the vinegar to boil, uncovered and without stirring, before adding the water to cook off the strong acidity


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1259mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 229IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg