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Paleo Chicken Adobo - Filipino Chicken Recipe made soy-free, refined sugar-free and healthy
Paleo Chicken Adobo Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins

Filipino Chicken Adobo Recipe made paleo-friendly without soy or refined sugar.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: 30-minute meal, fusion, gluten free, grain free, low-carb, paleo, soy free, whole30
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 188 kcal
Author: Julia
Chicken & Marinade:
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos or liquid aminos*
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
For Cooking:
  1. Place the chicken thighs in a zip lock plastic bag and add the rest of the ingredients. Seal it up, shake it all around and refrigerate at least 20 minutes (ideally overnight).

  2. Add the avocado oil to a large deep skillet (I use a 12-inch skillet with a lid that has a deep lip) and heat over medium-high. Once the oil is very hot (but not smoking) carefully add the chicken thighs (save the marinade for later!!). Brown for 3 to 4 minutes, until one side is deeply golden-brown. Carefully flip and brown on the other side for another 3 to 4 minutes, until both sides are golden-brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

  3. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and stir well. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onion has softened. If the onion begins to stick at any point, deglaze the pan using about ¼ cup of the chicken broth and stir well.

  4. Transfer the chicken thighs back to the skillet, along with the marinade, the chicken broth (or water) and the black pepper. Stir well, cover and bring to a full boil.

  5. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes covered at a full boil. Remove the cover and continue cooking, flipping the chicken occasionally, until the sauce has reduced by half and chicken is cooked through.

  6. Serve Chicken Adobo with choice of side dishes.

Recipe Notes

*If you aren't soy-free, you can use liquid aminos + 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar or pure maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Chicken Adobo Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 of 8)
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 16g32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.