Easy And Delicious Crock Pot Chicken Adobo

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Craving a delicious, savory meal but short on time? Look no further than slow cooker chicken adobo! This Filipino classic is bursting with flavor and incredibly easy to prepare. With just a few simple ingredients and your trusty crock pot, you can have a satisfying dinner ready to go with minimal effort.

This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or lazy Sundays. The slow cooker does all the work, simmering the chicken in a tangy, savory sauce until it’s fall-off-the-bone tender. Plus, the aroma that fills your kitchen while it cooks is absolutely heavenly!

Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo - The Magical Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo – The Magical Slow Cooker

What is Adobo?

Adobo is a beloved Filipino dish that features meat (chicken, pork, or even seafood) braised in a garlicky soy-vinegar sauce. The exact origins of adobo are unclear, but it’s believed to have been developed during the Spanish colonial period. The name “adobo” itself comes from the Spanish word “adobar,” which means “to marinate.”

The beauty of adobo lies in its simplicity. Just a few key ingredients create a complex flavor profile that’s both savory and slightly acidic. The vinegar tenderizes the meat while adding a delightful tang, while the soy sauce brings a depth of umami flavor.

There are countless variations of adobo, each reflecting regional preferences and family traditions. This slow cooker chicken adobo recipe is a basic version, but feel free to experiment with different ingredients and spices to create your own signature dish!

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks work best)

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (preferably cane vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 whole head garlic, cloves separated and crushed (leave the peels on)
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
  • Salt, to taste

  • Directions

    1. Prep the Chicken: First things first, pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels. This helps ensure they brown nicely in the next step.

    2. Brown the Chicken (Optional): While browning the chicken adds another layer of flavor, it’s not strictly necessary for this slow cooker recipe. However, if you have the time and want to take your adobo to the next level, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the chicken pieces on all sides until golden brown. Transfer the browned chicken to the slow cooker.

    3. Combine the Sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar (if using).

    4. Assemble the Slow Cooker: Pour the soy sauce mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker. Add the garlic cloves, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Give everything a quick stir to coat the chicken evenly.

    5. Slow Cook: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and falling off the bone. An internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) measured in the thickest part of the thigh is a good indicator of doneness.

    6. Serve and Enjoy: Once the chicken is cooked, carefully transfer it to a serving platter. Strain the cooking liquid into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken the sauce slightly, then adjust the seasoning with salt to taste. Pour the thickened sauce over the chicken and serve with your favorite sides, such as steamed rice, garlic rice, or mashed potatoes.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    This recipe is a delicious and relatively healthy meal option. Here’s a rough estimate of the nutritional facts per serving (without rice):

    Calories: 400-500

  • Fat: 25-30g
  • Saturated Fat: 8-10g
  • Cholesterol: 150mg
  • Sodium: 800mg (depending on the soy sauce)
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 40-45g

  • Note: These are just estimates, and the actual nutritional content will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use and the portion size.