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Crockpot Chicken Adobo

Crockpot Chicken Adobo a super easy chicken dinner with amazing flavors.


Here we go. Another amazing crockpot chicken dish just as amazing as the ever so popular crockpot honey sesame chicken I had on here a while back.

I love crockpot dishes. They’re so easy and so low-maintenance. Some days, I just don’t want to stand over a stove stirring and stirring a dish for 45 minutes, I’d rather just enjoy my day and come back to a home-cooked meal. Now don’t get me wrong, while I love creating dishes in my kitchen most days, now that the weather is getting warmer, I like going out more on the weekends and being in a hot kitchen with barely any natural light just doesn’t cut it for me on Spring weekends anymore.

That’s where my lovely slow-cooker comes in. You toss everything in and just fuh-getta-bout-it (I hope you said that in the Italian mafia type voice)!

Seriously, you guys, if you don’t make this dish..I just don’t know how we can go on with our friendship.

Sike. But really, it’s the traditional Filipino dish that you all must have had once before, right?

Wait, you have, haven’t you?? If not, then you must make this :) who doesn’t love a sticky sweet vinegary garlicy sauce dredged all over their chicken? Especially one that basically falls apart with a prick of a fork. It’s tender, juicy, succulent, and all around bursting with flavor (hey — did you guys catch that? I didn’t use the word DELICIOUS in there once! My fellow FBFOrl foodies know what I’m talking about!).

Crockpot Chicken Adobo
Recipe type: Main Entree, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, excess fat removed*
  1. Rub the olive oil around the inside of your slow cooker then throw in your shallots, garlic, brown sugar, pepper, cayenne and bay leaves.
  2. Then pour in your chicken stock, soy sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Stir everything together with a spoon to make sure everything is distributed evenly.
  3. Add in your chicken thighs and use the spoon to spoon some of the sauce on top so it's coated. Or you can just push the thighs down into the liquid.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  5. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  6. When your chicken is done, remove it from the crockpot insert and place it on the prepared baking sheet. With oven mitts, lift out the insert and strain the sauce into a pot (using a large mesh strainer to catch the bits of garlic and shallots, etc) and let the sauce cook down for about 20 minutes. It should start to thicken up. If it's not thickening up as quickly as you'd like, you can add in a bit of cornstarch and water mixture and it'll thicken right up!
  7. Using a brush, brush the sauce on the chicken, coating it well, then put the chicken in the oven and broil it on high for about 3-5 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and serve with white rice (what I did) or whatever else you prefer. There will be extra sauce left so you can coat your chicken & rice in more sauce.
You can use chicken breasts if you prefer but I'd cut the cooking time down so they don't dry out cause they're not as fatty as thighs. I'd say 4½ hours is good for chicken breasts.

Source: Crepes of Wrath


  1. 03/23/2012 at 8:38 am

    Oh my, this look s heavenly!

  2. I need to try this asap!

  3. 03/23/2012 at 9:23 am

    Geez I love the crockpot and this looks really good. My husband loves chicken thighs, so when I make this he’ll be one happy camper!

  4. 03/23/2012 at 9:23 am

    I’ve always been afraid to cook in a crock pot, but I’ve heard they make some of the best dishes. And I never tried adobo before. Maybe I should give it a shot, because these look AMAZING! (:

  5. 03/23/2012 at 9:33 am

    Anything in a crockpot sign me up! This looks really good!

  6. 03/23/2012 at 9:40 am

    mm this looks delicious!!

  7. 03/23/2012 at 9:41 am

    I’ve been dying to try adobo sauce! I’m a vinegar freak, and I really think I would like it. But in the crockpot?? Even better!! Thanks :)

  8. 03/23/2012 at 9:54 am

    This looks incredible Julie! Double YUM!!

  9. 03/23/2012 at 9:57 am

    I adore chicken adobo! Your pics are stunning!

  10. 03/23/2012 at 10:02 am

    Ha, I totally DID notice you didn’t say delicious and I didn’t even attend FBF. I got through the sentence and was thinking what good descriptors those were and then you said exactly what I was thinking. Nice job :)
    I need to make this. That is all. I usually don’t use my crock pot in the summer b/c it just feels like a winter thing to me but I’m making this before it gets retired for the season :)

  11. 03/23/2012 at 10:07 am

    I love crockpot recipe! This looks so good!

  12. 03/23/2012 at 10:30 am

    Oh….my heart.

  13. 03/23/2012 at 10:52 am

    This looks SO YUMMY!!

  14. 03/23/2012 at 10:59 am

    bahahaha….attention whore.

  15. 03/23/2012 at 11:17 am

    I have all the ingredients for this mouthwatering dish, so looks like I know what this weekend will have in store! Great recipe, Julie. Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!

  16. 03/23/2012 at 11:42 am

    I love chicken adobo. something about the brown sugar/soy sauce combo that makes my mouth water!

  17. 03/23/2012 at 11:45 am

    Ohhhh hells yes! Looks so good Julie!

  18. 03/23/2012 at 12:59 pm

    Don’t judge me but I’ve never had chicken adobo yet! I know, it’s bad but I’ll give it a try in my new awesome slow cooker next week. Jason is going to love this!

  19. 03/23/2012 at 1:23 pm

    Crock pot recipes are the best! Set it and forget it :) This looks flavorful and awesome as well. I’d have it with some rice on the side.

  20. 03/23/2012 at 2:11 pm

    Wow. This looks so delicious!! I want to make it right now. I love that it’s for the slow cooker as well. Easy and delicious? Sign me up!

  21. 03/23/2012 at 2:28 pm

    Julie, I love this recipe! Crockpots are a blessing, aren’t they? So easy and I love that you don’t even have to worry about ‘em for hours. I am saving this one for sure!

  22. 03/23/2012 at 3:16 pm

    I love that you used thighs, they’re definitely my favourite part of the chicken to eat. The meat is always so tasty especially when it’s cooked in a great sauce like this. So good.

  23. 03/23/2012 at 4:07 pm

    This looks so good, I love thighs!

  24. 03/23/2012 at 8:09 pm

    Would you believe I’ve never had chicken adobo?? This is a problem that needs to be remedied ASAP!!

  25. 03/23/2012 at 9:17 pm

    That bourbon crockpot chicken went viral! And this one is sure to be no different!! FABULOUS my dear! Oh my gosh, is this ever fabulous.

  26. 03/23/2012 at 9:50 pm

    I NEED THIS NOW! I adore adobo! Julie, you’ve out down yourself yet again!!

  27. 03/23/2012 at 9:52 pm

    Yummers!!! I adore adobo sauce! Julie, you’ve out done yourself yet again!!

  28. 03/24/2012 at 1:15 pm

    I’ll add my words of congrats on a amazingly beautiful and delicious dish!

    You may want to know that “Sike” should really be “psych” as in psych you out.

    Your recipes are amazing. I recently did a variation of your southwest chicken chili to rave reviews! I love your frequent updates. Thanks for sharing.

  29. 03/24/2012 at 9:14 pm

    JUST got a crockpot for my birthday this week! I’ve been searching for recipes and this is going in my arsenal.

  30. 03/25/2012 at 4:31 pm

    Girl it looks fantastic!! Pinned!

  31. Tonya L
    03/25/2012 at 8:42 pm

    I bet this sauce would be great on wings!

  32. Carolyn
    03/25/2012 at 9:26 pm

    This looks great!!! It is already so hot here in GA so this will be a great way to not heat up the house with dinner!

  33. 03/26/2012 at 1:31 am

    Can we still be friends if I tell you I don’t own a crock pot? The SHAME!!

  34. Bri
    03/26/2012 at 9:50 am

    I hear ya on wanting to spend more & more time outside. And this chicken is perfect! Can’t wait to try it!

  35. 03/27/2012 at 1:35 pm

    one of my fave dishes but never tried it in a crockpot before. looks tender and love the glaze!

  36. 03/27/2012 at 3:11 pm

    As I eat the leftovers for lunch I thought I comment. Laura made this for me last night when I got back into the city. And wow, was it f-ing great! Outstanding recipe and sooo delicious.

    – Sam

    • 03/27/2012 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks, Sam for the feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much :)

  37. 03/27/2012 at 4:16 pm

    i don’t have a crockpot, but that looks really good

  38. 03/28/2012 at 1:39 pm

    Lately I’ve been remembering how much I love my slow cooker…of course I remember just in time for summer. But I could eat chicken adobo every day.

  39. 03/29/2012 at 10:59 am

    This looks outstanding. I love how vibrant the sauce looks. You’ve proven slow cookers can produce oven like food. I adore my slow cookers. Yup, multiple. One Christmas went awry after I had just bought new ones myself. I think I have four now. I rotate them around so no one feels left out.

  40. Randibee
    04/08/2012 at 5:48 pm

    Ok, I used boneless skinless thighs and yup, they almost all disappeared :( Next time it will be bone in!

    • 04/08/2012 at 6:06 pm

      Really? That’s weird. Mine were boneless and skinless thighs and they didn’t disappear at all. They were like what they were in the picture. Interesting..

  41. Ryan
    04/15/2012 at 10:05 pm

    I just made these for dinner and they turned out fantastic! I added some extra cayenne pepper and a dash of chili garlic paste to the final glaze for some extra kick.

    Even better – I have leftovers to take to work tomorrow. =)

    • 04/15/2012 at 10:12 pm

      Awesome! So glad to hear & I like that you added extra spice to suit your taste. It’s always great to have a delicious lunch to look forward to :)

  42. Madison
    06/13/2012 at 3:11 pm

    Awesome recipe. So tasty and easy to make. I had 5 chicken breasts and cooked them for 4.5 hours and found that they were cooked perfectly! The low sodium soy sauce makes a big difference.

  43. Jessica Annya
    06/22/2012 at 1:02 am

    This dish looks really tasty! But I am Filipino and have never seen Chicken Adobo look like this… Authentic adobo has about 6 ingredients. Chicken, garlic, onion, bay leave, soy sauce, and white vinegar + S&P to taste and will have a more soupy consistency. I will have to try this recipe though, it looks amazing and I bet it would be awesome on rice!

  44. April
    08/28/2012 at 10:11 pm

    I just found your blog via Pinterest and I can’t wait to try this (and the bourbon chicken) recipe. I do have one question: Can I substitute raw honey for the brown sugar? Thanks!

    • 08/28/2012 at 10:12 pm

      I don’t see why that’d be a problem – go for it :)

  45. Nay
    09/20/2012 at 11:58 am

    Can I use frozen Chicken breast for this recipe? I’m not a fan of thigh meat.

    • 09/20/2012 at 12:17 pm

      Yes, you can.

    09/27/2012 at 3:00 pm

    My husband loves chicken breast , so if I cook everything in high in the crockpot how long should I leave it? ..u think 2 to 3 hrs should be enough ?.. Thanks

    • 09/27/2012 at 3:18 pm

      I think 2-2 1/2 hours should be enough

  47. Lisa
    10/21/2012 at 5:15 pm

    Interesting and will try. But as a Filipina note Adobo is not to have a “thick” sauce, it is to be more soupy and it traditionally contains, soy sauce, garlic, water, bay leaves, onion and vinegar ONLY. Vinegar is a key ingredient in Adobo! Never sugar. I will try this out modified. Tank you for sharing.

  48. Naomi
    11/09/2012 at 10:52 am

    Hey, Julie!

    I’m using 5 large chicken breasts but want to cook on low. How long should I cook them? I was guessing the 2-2 1/2 hours that you notes above must be on high?

    • 11/09/2012 at 10:58 am

      I noted above that if you cook them on low, it’s 6 hours.

  49. 11/19/2012 at 10:37 pm

    Yes! That’s definitely an attention whore! Chicken Adobo is one of my favorite Filipino dishes that I can’t resist. Although the process of this adobo is not that traditional, I can definitely sense that I’ll be enjoying this dish.

  50. Liza
    12/29/2012 at 10:40 am

    Love this way of cooking this dish that I grew up with….. being a Filipina, Adobo is our national dish and if you haven’t tried adobo yet, I urge you to give it a try, it will not disappoint.

    I still make adobo( chicken and pork) the traditional way at home for my Western family .Seeing this post, this will be added to my repertoire of cooking techniques..

    Thank you for sharing this way of cooking one of my favourite comfort foods.

  51. Ale
    05/15/2013 at 12:10 am

    I made it last night & it was delicious! thanks for the recipe :)

  52. Samnang
    08/12/2013 at 4:08 pm

    Just tried this last night! It was so good that my boyfriend helped himself to thirds. Thanks for posting this :D

    • 08/13/2013 at 7:56 am

      That’s awesome! So glad you two were able to enjoy this together :)

  53. Cynthia
    04/26/2014 at 9:48 pm

    I’m wondering if you could help me. I tried making this and cooked it on low for about 4 hours, meat was falling off the bones but it was a bit overlooked and dry. Do you think I cooked it too long?

    • Julie
      04/28/2014 at 11:13 am

      Hi Cynthia, I’m assuming you used some kind of bone-in chicken. Was it thighs or was it breasts? Breasts tend to dry out way more than thighs. If after 4 hours your meat looks overcooked and dry, I would suggest changing the cook time to 2-3 hours instead and keep checking up on it.

  54. Danielle
    09/30/2014 at 10:03 pm

    I made this tonight for my filipino boyfriend. I added some garlic and a little extra soy and vinegar. The only thing was my boneless skinless thighs totally fell apart. I wasn’t able to glaze it because of that. However, we decided it was a goI’d dish, though not the traditional adobo we are used to.

    • Danielle
      09/30/2014 at 10:04 pm

      Sorry added ginger I meant!


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