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The famous Chicken Adobo is a Filipino way of Cooking meat or seafood with vinegar and mostly soy sauce. Of course this delicious healthy Paleo Version of Chicken Adobo is soy free. You won't even notice it doesn't have soy sauce. #aipfriendly #paleo #glutenfree #adobo #chickenadobo #chicken #recipe #soyfree #thehealthnutmama

Paleo Chicken Adobo

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Paleo Chicken Adobo. AIP Friendly, Easy & Delicious! One of my new favorite ways to cook chicken! www.thehealthnutmama.com
Paleo Chicken Adobo. AIP Friendly, Easy & Delicious! One of my new favorite ways to cook chicken! www.thehealthnutmama.com
Paleo Chicken Adobo. AIP Friendly, Easy & Delicious! One of my new favorite ways to cook chicken! www.thehealthnutmama.com

A couple of months ago, on my Facebook page, someone asked me to make a healthier (Paleo) version of his favorite dish, Chicken Adobo.

At the time, I was laid up after having ankle surgery & couldn’t cook, so I told him I would make it as soon as I could get back in the kitchen.

I had never had it before, so this was my first attempt at it. It was amazing! And I did learn a few things as I went along.

What does Adobo mean?

In researching, I found out that The word “Adobo” means marinade, sauce or seasoning in Spanish.

Since the Filipino Adobo requires stewing/braising the meat in Vinegar (like marinating), the term adobo eventually became the household name for the dish or this style of cooking. The dish is an Inadobo style of cooking. Cooking meat or seafood with vinegar and mostly soy sauce. 

According to Wikipedia “The Filipino adobo is an entirely separate method of preparing food and is distinct from the Spanish marinade. Unlike the Spanish and Latin American adobo, the main ingredients of Philippine adobo are ingredients native to Southeast Asia, namely soy sauce, black peppercorns, and bay leaves. It does not traditionally use chilis, paprika, oregano, or tomatoes.”

What I Learned

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. You can totally whip this up on a weeknight!

Next time I would make sure to marinate the chicken ahead of time. The longer the better. This particular night I only let it marinate for about 20-30 min. which still turned out great!

My family loved it so much that they want me to include it in my regular rotation.

I served it with Cauliflower Rice, roasted butternut squash & collard greens. Of course, I had to add a little southern flair!

Paleo Chicken Adobo. AIP Friendly, Easy & Delicious! One of my new favorite ways to cook chicken! www.thehealthnutmama.com

Ingredients:

The famous Chicken Adobo is a Filipino way of Cooking meat or seafood with vinegar and mostly soy sauce. Of course this delicious healthy Paleo Version of Chicken Adobo is soy free. You won't even notice it doesn't have soy sauce. #aipfriendly #paleo #glutenfree #adobo #chickenadobo #chicken #recipe #soyfree #thehealthnutmama

Directions:

  • Combine chicken, garlic cloves, Coconut Aminos, ACV,  &   bay leaves in a large ziplock bag or bowl. Marinate for 1-3 hours.
  • Heat 1 T. EVOO or fat of choice in a black iron skillet or dutch oven over med. high to high heat. (do not bring to smoking point)
  • Remove chicken from marinade (reserve marinade for later)
  • Place chicken in pan & sear on both sides until browned. (about a min. on each side) Remove chicken
  • Heat remaining EVOO, add diced onions, & saute until onion is golden & translucent
  • Add the remaining marinade, water or bone broth, honey & black peppercorns
  • Bring to boil then turn the heat down to simmer
  • Simmer for 5-10 min, then add the chicken back in, top side down (smooth side of thighs)
  • Simmer uncovered for 20-25 min. or until the sauce is reduced to a thick jam-like syrup. (sauce will thicken slightly as it rests)
  • If the sauce isn’t thick enough, remove chicken & continue to simmer until reduced, then return chicken to coat in the glaze. Garnish with shallots/scallions (optional)
  • Serve with Cauliflower rice

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The famous Chicken Adobo is a Filipino way of Cooking meat or seafood with vinegar and mostly soy sauce. Of course this delicious healthy Paleo Version of Chicken Adobo is soy free. You won't even notice it doesn't have soy sauce. #aipfriendly #paleo #glutenfree #adobo #chickenadobo #chicken #recipe #soyfree #thehealthnutmama
 

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Paleo Chicken Adobo

Paleo Chicken Adobo

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine chicken, garlic cloves, Coconut Aminos, ACV, & bay leaves in a large ziplock bag or bowl. Marinate for 1-3 hours.
  2. Heat 1 T. EVOO or fat of choice in a black iron skillet or dutch oven over med. high to high heat. (do not bring to smoking point)
  3. Remove chicken from marinade (reserve marinade for later)
  4. Place chicken in pan & sear on both sides until browned. (about a min. on each side) Remove chicken
  5. Heat remaining EVOO, add diced onions, & saute until onion is golden & translucent
  6. Add the remaining marinade, water or bone broth, honey & black peppercorns
  7. Bring to boil then turn heat down to simmer
  8. Simmer for 5-10 min, then add the chicken back in, top side down (smooth side of thighs)
  9. Simmer uncovered for 20-25 min. or until the sauce is reduced to a thick jam-like syrup. (sauce will thicken slightly as it rests)
  10. If the sauce isn't thick enough, remove chicken & continue to simmer until reduced, then return chicken to coat in the glaze. Garnish with shallots/scallions (optional)
  11. Serve with Cauliflower rice

Notes

If the sauce isn't thick enough, remove chicken & continue to simmer until reduced, then return chicken to coat in the glaze. Garnish with shallots/scallions (optional)

Serve with Cauliflower rice

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10 comments

  1. Peggy says:

    This was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted. I should have taken the chicken out sooner as I was cooking down the sauce, but it was still wonderful. This will be a part of the regular rotation!

  2. Annie says:

    Hi! Quick question – what happens to the garlic peels? Do you eat them? Will it make a difference if I used peeled garlic? Thanks!!

  3. Freizel says:

    This was absolutely delicious! Growing up in a Filipino household, we had this dish quite often. I’m excited that I was able to find a Paleo version! I served this with cauliflower rice and green beans. This dish will be in our frequent rotation of meals. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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