Chicken Adobo, Adobong Ilocano

Adobong Ilocano
Chicken Adobo, Adobong Ilocano. Chicken adobo was always cooked with laya and lasona or ginger and garlic on our household and in my native province of Ilocos Sur. Of course there are countless variations of chicken adobo but that’s how I remember my aunt’s cooking at least. Since ginger and onion are two of the several farm products of Ilocos Sur it is widely used in adobong manok or any other popular Ilocano dish.

Chicken Adobo, Adobong Ilocano Recipe

I also remember that my aunt used to saute the chicken first with the aromatic before adding the bagoong patis, sukang Iloco (use regular patis and cider vinegar as an alternative) and soy sauce. And slow cooked at low heat until the liquid turns to an oily sauce.

Chicken Adobo, Adobong Ilocano

Here is the recipe of my Chicken Adobo, Adobong Ilocano. 


1 kilo chicken, cut into serving pieces, bones intact
2 thumb size ginger, skinned, sliced
1 head garlic, peeled, crushed
1 large onion, peeled, sliced
1 tsp. peppercorns
3-5 pieces bay leaf
1/4 cup soy sauce
1-2 tbsp. patis from bagoong or use regular fish sauce
1/2 cup sukang Iloco, Ilocos cane vinegar
or use cider vinegar

Cooking procedure:

Chicken Adobo, Adobong Ilocano - Cooking Procedure

In a medium size sauce pan saute the garlic, ginger and onion add in the chicken and patis, stir cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until color change and start to sizzle. Add in the vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaf, peppercorns and about 1 to 2 cups of water, bring to a boil and simmer in low heat for 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken are cooked and the liquid turns to an oily sauce.

Other Chiken Adobo Recipes; 

Chicken Adobo, Food Safari Chef Ricky Ocampo's Recipe 
White Chicken Adobo, Adobong Puti 
Chicken Mushroom Adobo 
Chicken Humba 
Chicken Guya Adobo 
Chicken Feet Adobo with Tausi 
Adobo with Chicken Liver and Hard Boiled Egg 
Special Mixed Adobo 
Adobong Atay at Balunbalunan ng Manok sa Pinya 
Chicken Adobo in Oyster Sauce 
Adobong Manok sa Gata, Chicken Adobo in Coconut Milk 
Pork and Chicken Adobo, Adobong Puti 
Chicken Gizzard and Liver Adobo 
Pork and Chicken Adobo with Tanglad 
Duck Breast Adobo, Adobong Pato


  1. I love sukang iloko, i tasted this recipe before it really taste good

  2. thanks for the cider vinegar recipe. I've been trying to cook adobo for quite some time now and its always been too acidic. I didnt know what I was doing wrong. When I saw your recipe and the cider vinegar, I tried that and it worked! haha thanks! I didnt know cider vinegar could be a substitute for cane vinegar :)

  3. Hi Maria,
    you're welcome...

  4. Hi! Thanks for the recipe. I featured it in my food blog. Here's the link if you want to read it:

    Thanks Thanks!

  5. Hi Jane Amora,
    Anytime, thanks for the link back.


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