How To Cook Chicken Adobo Using Boneless Chicken

I genuinely feel that you can’t have too much Chicken Adobo. Most people enjoy this Filipino favorite because of the richness and delicious flavor that only adobo stew can provide. Of course, most of us are better familiar with traditional pork adobo. However, many people like this version. The white meat just balances out the overpowering flavors of soy sauce and vinegar. In this post, I’ll show you how to prepare chicken adobo.

However, due of its popularity, this recipe can be intimidating for some people. And it is not the simplest dish to prepare. However, even as a rookie cook, you should be able to do this without incident if you follow the proper instructions! We merely need to keep track of how much time we spend sautéing and other aspects of the cooking process.

How to Cook Chicken Adobo

1. Marinating the chicken

Get two cloves of garlic and crush them. Put this in a container with 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 5 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, and ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper. Combine the ingredients before adding the 2 lbs. of chicken thigh. Simply marinate the chicken, ensuring that it is completely coated in the sauce. We’ll marinate for at least an hour, but feel free to go longer for a fuller flavor.

2. Frying the chicken

Pour some frying oil into a pan, then add your marinated chicken. Fry the chicken pieces for 2 minutes before turning them over. Repeat the process on the other side, then place the chicken in a container. Put this aside for now.

3. Preparing the onion and garlic

Grab 3 tablespoons of sliced green onion and place it in a pan with the remaining 3 cloves of chopped garlic. Sauté this, and once the onion softens, add the chicken you fried earlier. Then, sauté everything together for two minutes.

4. Adding seasonings

Get the remaining marinade and place it in the pan. Also, add 1 teaspoon oyster sauce and 2 cups of water. Finally, before covering the pan, add two bay leaves. Let the liquid boil. Then, insert one Knorr chicken cube into the pan. Continue cooking over low heat for 30 minutes. Finally, we’ll add our preferred amount of salt and ground black pepper.

5. Serving the dish

Transfer the Chicken Adobo to a serving platter. We’ll improve the appearance of this dish by garnishing it with sliced green onions. It’s now ready to show off to your guests, who will most likely be desiring some great authentic Filipino cuisine!

Speaking of Filipino food, did you know that there are numerous more ways to prepare adobo? This recipe is a favorite not only because it is extremely tasty. It is also an excellent way to extend the life of your chicken because adobo can be stored for longer periods of time than most other dishes. Here are some such recipes that use the famed Inadobo method.

More Ways to Make Adobo with Chicken


Easy Chicken Adobo

The first alternate way for Chicken Adobo that I would recommend is the most straightforward. This Easy Chicken Adobo is ideal for those looking for a quick and cost-effective meal. We use several popular components for this one, like as garlic, white vinegar, and soy sauce, which helps keep our costs down.

Chicken Adobong Puti

I don’t blame you if your taste buds can’t take the strong flavor of soy sauce. You can still enjoy adobo without it! I have this Chicken Adobong Puti recipe for individuals who like milder stews, but still want the seductive sourness and flavor of adobo. We use some excellent coconut vinegar in our meal, which adds a subtle sweetness.

Kakaibang Chicken Adobo

Like many other cooks, I appreciate an easy dish every now and then. However, there are occasions when you want to be challenged and tackle dishes that require more detail. With this Kakaibang Chicken Adobo, all of your efforts will be worthwhile. This recipe contains a huge list of ingredients, including lemon lime soda, chicken liver, butter, and much more. But that is a very satisfying way to eat adobo. The marinade we have for this includes yogurt, which makes the chicken more soft and flavorful.


  • 2 lbs. chicken thigh boneless
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 Knorr chicken cube
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 5 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons green onion sliced
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste



  • Prepare the chicken by removing the bones. Use a sharp knife and score the meat around the bone until you can easily pull out the bone. You can also remove the skin if preferred.
  • Crush 3 cloves of garlic and combine with soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Stir and add the chicken. Marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry the marinated chicken for 2 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  • Sauté the onion and remaining garlic. Once the onion softens, add the chicken back into the pan. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the remaining marinade, add oyster sauce, water, and bay leaves, cover and let boil.
  • Add Knorr Chicken Cube, cook for 30 minutes on low heat setting.
  • Season with salt and ground black pepper as needed.
  • Arrange on a serving plate and top with sliced green onions.
  • Serve. Share and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 541kcal (27%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 40g (80%) Fat: 38g (58%) Saturated Fat: 10g (50%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g Monounsaturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 222mg (74%) Sodium: 1466mg (61%) Potassium: 581mg (17%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 227IU (5%) Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) Calcium: 47mg (5%) Iron: 2mg (11%)


What is Chicken Adobo?

Chicken Adobo is a popular Filipino dish known for its savory, slightly tangy, and often slightly sweet flavor. It involves marinating meat in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, and pepper, then simmering until tender.

Can I use boneless chicken for Chicken Adobo?

Yes, boneless chicken is commonly used for Chicken Adobo. It cooks faster than bone-in chicken, making it a convenient option for a quick and easy meal. Chicken thighs, breasts, or a combination of both can be used.

How do I marinate boneless chicken for Chicken Adobo?

To marinate boneless chicken for Chicken Adobo, mix soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic, bay leaves, and pepper in a bowl. Place the boneless chicken pieces in the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Allow it to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to an hour, or even overnight for more flavor.

Can I cook Chicken Adobo in a slow cooker or Instant Pot with boneless chicken?

Yes, you can adapt Chicken Adobo for slow cookers or Instant Pots using boneless chicken. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as boneless chicken will cook faster than bone-in. For an Instant Pot, you can use the “Pressure Cook” function, and for a slow cooker, set it to low or high heat based on your preferred cooking time.

What side dishes go well with Chicken Adobo?

Common side dishes for Chicken Adobo include steamed rice, garlic fried rice (sinangag), or even mashed potatoes. Vegetables like sautéed green beans or bok choy can complement the dish well.

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