Chicken Adobo, Version 2

14 September 2022

A couple months ago, I picked out a recipe to cook, got all the ingredients and when it was time to cook.. I totally forgot what it was. Couldn't find anything similar and then stumbled on this recipe which would work with my ingredients. It was a happy accidents and I've made it three times since! 

We've been a fan of adobo for a while. Brian makes it all the time. This recipe is a lot easier and dare I say, just as flavorful. This one is served with coconut rice which I think sets it over the top! And it's perfect for meal prepping! Side note-- we did not use the pineapple. But I totally would! 

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup tamari, or low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
2-3 tablespoons honey, use to your taste
1-2 jalapeños, seeded, if desired, and sliced
6 cloves garlic, smashed
4 dried bay leaves
1 cup pineapple chunks
sliced avocado, cucumber, and green onions, for serving

Coconut Cilantro Rice

1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk
1 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Season the chicken all over with black pepper. In a large glass measuring cup, combine the tamari/soy sauce, vinegar, honey, and 1/2 cup of water.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden, about 4-5 minutes per side.

3. Add the garlic, cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the soy sauce mixture. Add the jalapeños and bay leaves. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, uncover and cook another 10-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the pineapple.

4. Remove the bay leaves and discard. Serve the chicken adobo over rice. Top each plate with avocado, green onions, jalapeños, and cucumber.

Coconut Rice
1. Combine the coconut milk and 1/2 cup water in a medium pot. Bring to a low boil. Add the rice and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine, cover, then turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook 10 minutes on low, then turn the heat off completely and let the rice sit, covered, for another 15-20 minutes (don't take any peeks inside!).

2. Remove the lid, add the cilantro, and pinch salt. Fluff the rice with a fork.

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