If there was a dish that represents Filipino food, it would arguably be Chicken Adobo. This dish is very easy to make and tastes delicious. Some people have said that this dish came from the Spaniards. Others have said that the native Filipinos actually made this dish long before the Spanish colonists. Either way, it is a dish that most Filipinos eat often. You can also make it with pork but chicken is the more popular meat.

Normally, chicken adobo is fried in oil as part of its preparation. This is the unhealthy part. I have a Healthy Chicken Adobo Recipe that does not require frying the chicken. The best part is that it is just as yummy if not more. I also don’t use sugar in the recipe.


  • Whole chicken, chopped into pieces;
  • Soy sauce, ½ cup;
  • Vinegar, ½ cup;
  • Garlic, 6 cloves, chopped;
  • Ground pepper;
  • Ginger, optional;
  • Bay leaves, optional;


Place the chicken pieces into a large pot. Pour the soy sauce and vinegar into the pot. Put the ground pepper on the chicken. Put a lid on the pot and bring the sauce to a boil. Then simmer the chicken for 40 minutes. The longer you simmer the chicken, the more tender the meat becomes.

About 10 minutes before you finish simmering the chicken, heat your oven by setting it on broil.  After 40 minutes, remove the chicken from the pot and place the pieces on an oven safe tray. Leave the sauce in the pot. We will use it later to drizzle on the chicken.

Place the tray of chicken into the oven. Broil it for about 10 minutes or until the skin becomes crispy.

After the chicken is done, take it out of the oven. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.  As a healthy bonus tip, serve it with raw spinach.  Drizzle the sauce from the pot on the chicken, the rice, and the raw spinach.  

Enjoy your healthy Chicken Adobo that is baked instead of fried.

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