Growing up with a Filipino mom was definitely a win in the 'Recipe' category of 'Things I Learned from Mom'! Granted, the NSNG lifestyle doesn't allow for rice (#thestruggleisreal), I've found you can still enjoy the amazing flavors that come together through the various combinations of marinades and spices used across Filipino cuisine. Adobo is a classic recipe that many people are familiar with, and is a 'go to' win for your next potluck.
Like many cultures based in warm climates, Filipino natives developed various methods of preserving food. They cooked using moist-heat methods like steaming or boiling. To keep their edibles fresh for a longer period, they used plenty of vinegar and salt since the elevated acidity and high sodium content produced a hazardous environment for spoilage-causing bacteria. The Chinese traders who later visited our islands introduced soy sauce to early Filipinos. It soon found its way into our nameless vinegar-braised dish, eventually displacing salt altogether. (pepper.ph)
The traditional way to cook adobo is to simmer the marinaded meats until it's cooked throughout, and fork-tender. For summer, the idea of simmering anything for an extended period of time seems... well.. HOT. So I used our family's adobo marinade, and altered the cooking to fit a recent summer cook out. It might have been my favorite version of chicken adobo so far! (At least, until the weather cools down.) Here's a sure hit for your next BBQ:
Recipe: Filipino Chicken Adobo (Grilled)
- Large bowl with lid (or saran wrap) OR 2 freezer zip-lock galleon bags
- Grill tongs
- 1.5 C each, White Vinegar & Soy Sauce
- 2-3 Bay Leaves
- 3-4 Tbl. Minced Garlic
- 1 Tbl. Ground or Whole Peppercorns
- 5-6 lbs. Chicken Thighs (Boneless, Skinless)
- Mix vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, pepper, and bay leaves together in large bowl or large galleon freezer bag.
- Place chicken in the marinade and let sit for at least 3-4 hours.
Pro tip: Mix together and let the chicken marinade over night!
- Grill on medium high heat until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165° F (75° C).
- Serve and make new friends.