Adobong Manok sa Gata (Chicken Adobo in Coconut Milk)

Adobo is a Spanish word which means seasoning or marinade. It can be a general term of marinated dishes. This recipe is very common and popular dish here in the Philippines, this is the reason why it is considered as the Philippine National Food. To make a variation of a more flavorful traditional version of  Chicken Adobo, this can be stewed in a freshly squeezed gata or coconut milk and hot chili pepper which is commonly called Adobong Manok sa Gata (Chicken Adobo in Coconut Milk).

Try the below recipe:


  • 3/4 kg. chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 6 pcs. green hot chili pepper/siling haba (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  • msg., salt & pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Place chicken, vinegar, water, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and pepper in a pot and simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is tender (covered). Drain and set sauce aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and saute chicken until it turns to golden brown.
  3. Remove oil from pan.
  4. Add sauce and let simmer uncovered to allow sauce to evaporate.
  5. When only approximately 1/4 cup of the sauce remains, add coconut milk and green hot chili pepper. Let simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

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