I know it’s officially no longer Tuesday, but I want to keep my word on posting a dish involving ingredients from the Sunday Game Plan. One of the dishes from the Sunday Game Plan is Chicken Thigh Adobo.
Adobo is a popular dish in the Philippines. Adobo in English means “vinegar braised”. The main marinade of the traditional Filipino adobo dish is soy sauce and vinegar. This dish can be made using any type of meat or even vegetables. Personally the best adobo dish to make is pork belly, but for now, we will use chicken thighs. Chicken thighs is a great piece of meat to cook with because it has all the flavors and juices in it. Plus, it’s definitely healthier than pork belly.
Making this dish brings memories from my grandmother and mother who tried to pass on this family recipe.
Chicken Thighs Adobo – Serves 5
5 pieces of chicken thighs = 239 calories/piece of chicken thigh
5 tablespoons of Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce = 10 calories/tbsp.
5 tablespoons of Datu Puti Native Vinegar (any vinegar will work) = 0 calories
3 garlic cloves, sliced = 13 calories
3 bay leaves = 6 calories
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper = 4 calories
1 teaspoon of brown sugar = 17 calories
Ingredients for marinade
Combine all marinade ingredients
Pour marinade on the chicken thighs and let it sit on room temperature for approximately 90 minutes.
Turn the chicken thighs over and let it sit for another 90 minutes.
After 90 minutes, turn on the heat on medium/high and let the mixture boil. After boiling, add as much water to your preference (personally I love the marinade so I add approximately 4-6 cups of water so the mixture won’t be too concentrated). Turn the heat on low, cover the pan and let it simmer for 30 minutes, turning once halfway. After 30 minutes, open the pan and let it cook for another 20 minutes on low heat until the liquid is reduced.
Transfer the chicken thighs on a plate.
Pour the marinade over it. This appears really greasy, but it’s the chicken fat with the marinade ingredients. No oil was added during the entire recipe. Serve with rice.
Current pantry: Soy sauce, native vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, ground black pepper and brown sugar.
Chicken Thighs: On sale at Stop & Shop for $0.88/lb. but it comes in 4-5 lb. packages.
Calories/serving: 289 calories.