Adobo. There’s tons of recipes for adobo to be had on the internet. Some of them probably a lot better than my version, but since the purpose of this blog is to have a repository of our family recipes for my girls to refer back to someday, I will post our easy version for adobo.
We have chicken adobo at least twice a month, sometimes more often, depending on our mood. Lately though, we have been having a love affair with potatoes, especially the yucon golds. They just have so much flavor! I don’t know.
My mom says that my lola (grandmother) puts potatoes in her adobo as an extender, to make the dish feed more people. She is right. It used to amaze me how my grandmother would feed eight to ten people with one chicken! Well, we add potatoes to ours because we love the flavor, and adobo tastes even better the next day after the flavors have had a chance to blend further. This is one of our favorites.
1 whole chicken, cut up
10-12 cloves of garlic or 1 head, chopped coarsely
1 large or 2 medium onions, sliced
3 bay leaves
1 tsp. whole peppercorns
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
4-5 yucon gold potatoes, quartered
Layer all the ingredients except potatoes in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes of cooking, add the potatoes and cook for another 20 minutes or until sauce has reduced but not quite dried out yet. My family likes to have some sauce to pour over the rice so we tend to make our adobo on the saucy side. Some people make adobo on the dry side, even frying up the pieces after cooking in the sauce.