Chicken adobo cum paksiw (chicken braised in vinegar & sugar)

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
25 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
1.2 kilogram or 2.5 libras, chicken legs, cut up to serving sizes, washed several times and then thoroughly drained is our lead character.

8 gloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 large or 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped, - 2 pieces laurel or bay leaves

1 teaspoon whole peppercorn

half to be cracked

2 teaspoons iodized salt or to taste

2-3 teaspoons white sugar or to taste and ¾ cup natural vinegar (please adjust according to the level of acidity of the type you are using).

Additionally, we need about 2 tbsp of vegetable oil.


  • In a large heavy pan or wok, heat the oil and fry garlic until it is slightly browned.
  • Add in onions and cook until it is translucent. Add in chicken pieces and continue sautéing until the meat renders its own liquid and fat.
  • Continue braising on medium heat until the meat is partially cooked, the liquid basically dried up and the meat sizzled in its own fat releasing a fragrant smell.
  • Add in bay leaves, whole peppercorn, cracked pepper, salt, white sugar and vinegar. Do not stir until it is briskly boiling.
  • Lower the heat and continue cooking with the lid on. When the meat is just tender, adjust the seasoning and level of vinegar.
  • Continue cooking until the sauce is reduced, somewhat oily and chicken is fork tender.
  • You can skim off some of the oil if it's rather too much, otherwise leave as it is. It's sparklingly full of flavors.
  • Transfer in serving platters. Serve warm with lots of steamed rice.
  • Like most adobo, you can accompany it with some chopped tomatoes or pickled green papaya for complementary tastes.


Chicken Adobo cum Paksiw (Chicken Braised in Vinegar & Sugar), photo 1Chicken Adobo cum Paksiw (Chicken Braised in Vinegar & Sugar), photo 2Chicken Adobo cum Paksiw (Chicken Braised in Vinegar & Sugar), photo 3


Related video




I am learning to cook Filipino dishes through the help of all these wonderful recipes through the internet.
I just cooked this last night for first time .... excellent ... easy to follow instructions and those pictures truly helpful. My husband couldn't wait to eat it and was really satisfied . I think next time,
I'll make it a littl more saucier ( as my husband requested ). But the result ...
easy to cook, delicious, tasty with the cooked onions
and garlic. Thank you for sharing.... Moore

(0) (0) Abuse

Rate this recipe:

Related recipes

Recipe Chicken with mango - video recipe !
Chicken with mango - video recipe !
4 servings
1 hour
Very Easy
3.5 / 5
Recipe Chicken liver and gizzard adobo
Chicken liver and gizzard adobo
4 servings
35 min
Very Easy
4.2 / 5
Recipe Chicken adobo with tomato sauce
Chicken adobo with tomato sauce
4 servings
1 hour
3.8 / 5
Recipe Chicken adobo (japanese style)
Chicken adobo (japanese style)
4 servings
45 min
Very Easy
5 / 5


Daily Menu

Receive daily menu: