Chicken Adobo

One of my favorite childhood dishes is Chicken Adobo which has been considered the unofficial national dish of the Philippines. Growing up I was fortunate to eat this tender goodness many times at my Filipino friends' homes after playing video games or basketball (thanks aunties!!).

Most usually paired with a bed of rice, chicken adobo is a comfort food that is very easy to make. I had not eaten it in a long time, so I made slight modifications to this slow cooker recipe and went for it. Below is my first try at cooking chicken adobo.

 Prepped my slow cooker with a liner (highly recommended for easy clean-up!!).

Prepped my slow cooker with a liner (highly recommended for easy clean-up!!).

 Layer the bottom with sliced onions, garlic, and ginger ("Don't forget me!!" said the bay leaf).

Layer the bottom with sliced onions, garlic, and ginger ("Don't forget me!!" said the bay leaf).

 If you don't care for  perfectly   minced or sliced  garlic, you can smash 'em!! It's fun and gives the dish a rustic feel. Secure peeled garlic cloves in plastic wrap and smash them with the butt of a chef's knife (or fist if your name is Donkey Kong).

If you don't care for perfectly minced or sliced garlic, you can smash 'em!! It's fun and gives the dish a rustic feel. Secure peeled garlic cloves in plastic wrap and smash them with the butt of a chef's knife (or fist if your name is Donkey Kong).

 Not typical but I added potatoes, carrots, and green beans (hey, I want to grow taller).

Not typical but I added potatoes, carrots, and green beans (hey, I want to grow taller).

 Removed most of the skin/fat from chicken thighs and layered them on top of the veggies.

Removed most of the skin/fat from chicken thighs and layered them on top of the veggies.

 The magic liquid consists of soy sauce, sugar, black pepper, and rice vinegar (vinegar type varies with recipe). 

The magic liquid consists of soy sauce, sugar, black pepper, and rice vinegar (vinegar type varies with recipe). 

 Pour sauce all over on top of the chicken. Expect the sauce to slide off the chicken and eventually rest at the bottom of the slow cooker (this is called gravity). Although some of the chicken won't cook in the liquid, the aroma will infuse the chicken with flavor.

Pour sauce all over on top of the chicken. Expect the sauce to slide off the chicken and eventually rest at the bottom of the slow cooker (this is called gravity). Although some of the chicken won't cook in the liquid, the aroma will infuse the chicken with flavor.

 Cover with lid and set timer to 4 hours (High) or 8 hours (Low). If you're not engrossed in a GoT marathon, you should check your chicken every 1-2 hours just in case you want to flip the chicken or see if it's fully cooked.

Cover with lid and set timer to 4 hours (High) or 8 hours (Low). If you're not engrossed in a GoT marathon, you should check your chicken every 1-2 hours just in case you want to flip the chicken or see if it's fully cooked.

 Came out great :) Masiyahan kayo sa inyong pagkain!!

Came out great :) Masiyahan kayo sa inyong pagkain!!