Chicken Adobo with Potatoes

Chicken adobo is a super popular dish in the Philippines. It is often considered the unofficial national dish of the Philippines. It’s a dish that is either made up of pork or chicken and slowly cooked in broth. This dish is so easy and has every day ingredients that you can find in your pantry. Need a lunch or dinner idea? This is your go to! This recipe is definitely a keeper and one you can rotate into your eating schedule!



I am in LOVE with chicken adobo. I have memories of eating it growing up in Hawai’i where my grandma would cook it for me. Now that I am in California, I still have memories of my grandma cooking it here as well. But now I have my own memories of cooking it for my husband. I’ll talk more about how chicken adobo is one of my favorite comfort foods in my blog post that drops next Tuesday, so save the date!



Honestly one of my favorite things about this chicken adobo with potatoes is the sabaw. There is just something about ladling some of that sabaw all over your bowl of rice and then again over your chicken and potatoes. I would make this and eat it with just rice. The sabaw is THAT. DAMN. DELICIOUS. I’m going to warn you now, have a lot of rice ready because you’ll want more than one bowl! Especially with that sabaw. YUM.



This chicken adobo with potatoes is so simple and easy to prepare. Whenever I make this dish, I like to have all of my ingredients prepped and ready to go. Meaning, before I even start cooking, I’ll lay everything out and make sure that I have everything. I make sure that my chicken is seasoned, potatoes are peeled and cut and I have all my ingredients set in front of me. I may not necessarily pre-measure everything, but I’ll definitely have it within an arms reach, that way I don’t need to keep running around and looking for them.



If you try this recipe out, let me know in the comments down below what you thought. Did you eat it with mountains of rice? Did you use chicken thighs or chicken breast? Let me know! I’d love to know what you think!


Ciao for now!


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Tips For Cooking Chicken Adobo with Potatoes


For this recipe, I usually use chicken thighs. However I didn’t have it at the moment so I ended up using chicken breast. I think that chicken thighs are better since they are fattier. But honestly, I’ve used both for cooking and either way it will turn out absolutely delicious.


If you’re like me and like to have all your ingredients ready, put your cut potatoes in a bowl with water until they’re ready to go in. Soaking it in the water will help to remove any excess starch and allow for even cooking.



If you want to try other dishes from the Philippines, check out the recipes I list down below! Everything is delicious!


Beef Mechado – Try this out if you’re wanting a nice stew on a cold night. Or if you’re just wanting to eat something warm and comforting any time of the year!


Chicken Pancit – This is another popular recipe from the Philippines. It’s made with both canton and bihon noodles!


Garlic Fried Rice – If you need a great side for your meals, this is it! I usually eat this as a side with my breakfast, but it’s so good and garlicky, I think it’s good for any time!


Cost Analysis


Lastly, take a look at this cost analysis. It shows how much it costs to make chicken adobo at home. We don’t realize it, but sometimes it so much cheaper to make things at home versus buying them at the store! Yes, sometimes it takes a while and sometimes it’s more convenient, but how can you deny that price?


Cost Analysis

Chicken Adobo with Potatoes

Chicken Adobo with Potatoes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Potato, Chicken, Rice, Chicken Adobo, Comfort Food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 360kcal
Cost: $6.84


  • 1 lb Chicken Breast or Thighs $3.99
  • 1/2 cup Onion Chopped $0.35
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Minced $0.04
  • 2 tbsp Oil $0.81
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar $0.12
  • 1/2 cup Tamari or Soy Sauce for Non-GF option $0.33
  • 3 leave Bay Leaves $0.16
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar $0.13
  • 3 medium Potatoes $0.87
  • Salt to taste $0.02
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste $0.02


  • Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Wash, peel, and cut the potatoes.
    Once cut, put into a bowl of water and set aside.
  • Chop onions and garlic and set aside.
  • Warm up the pan you'll be using. Once the pan is hot, the oil.
  • Add garlic into the pan. Cook until they start to turn light brown.
  • Add onions into the pan and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken into the pan and cook until both sides are light brown.
  • Once the desired color is achieved, add in tamari (or soy sauce), vinegar, and water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add in bay leaves, brown sugar, and potatoes. Mix well. Simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is tender and potatoes are soft.
  • Serve over hot bowl of rice and enjoy!


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Cost Analysis

Estimate: $ for servings or $ per serving.


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1681mg | Potassium: 895mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg