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Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo is a traditional Filipino dish that is made even easier to make by making it in the slow cooker. It features sweet, salty, and tangy flavors with little effort required. This set-and-forget recipe will provide you with a flavorful meal for your family or friends!

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What is Chicken Adobo?

Chicken Adobo is a traditional Filipino dish that is the national dish of the Philippines. It has become increasingly popular throughout the world. The dish features dark meat chicken in a sweet, sticky, and tangy sauce that is served over a bed of white rice. It is amazing for a weeknight dinner and leftovers taste just as delicious!

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Why You’ll Love It

Easy to make. Slow cooker chicken adobo is relatively easy to make in the slow cooker. After a quick sear of the chicken thighs, everything is added to the slow cooker to cook until the meat is tender and the flavors of the sauce develop.

Addicting flavors. The sauce is the star of the show here with its sweet, sticky, and tangy flavors. Your tastebuds will be having a party once you get a taste of this sauce!

Simple pantry ingredients. There’s no special ingredient in this recipe. You likely have all the ingredients to this recipe in your pantry! Can you believe it?!

ingredients for chicken adobo: soy sauce, pepper, oil, onion, garlic, brown sugar, chicken stock, bay leaves, cornstarch

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs – unfortunately with chicken adobo (and honestly all slow cooked chicken recipes) you have to use dark meat. It’s truly the best way to get the most tender, fall-off-the-bone, succulent chicken.
  • Chicken broth
  • Vinegar – this ingredient gives it the tang in the sauce.
  • Soy sauce – the salty, umami depth of flavor.
  • Dark brown sugar – for that sweetness you get from the sauce.
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Bay leaves
  • Water
  • Cornstarch

Pro tip: for even more flavor, marinade the chicken overnight in the sauce.

How to make Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo

Sear the chicken thighs. Before putting the chicken in the slow cooker, you’ll want to sear the chicken thighs in a skillet with some olive oil just to brown the skin. It gives it an extra flavor boost and who doesn’t love more flavor?

Make the sauce. In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients of the sauce and pour half of it into the insert of your slow cooker.

Add the chicken. Place the seared chicken thighs into the broth.

Add the remaining ingredients. Place the onions on top of the chicken thighs and add the bay leaves.

Set the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4.

Make the sauce thicker. After the chicken is done cooking, if you want a thicker sauce, remove the chicken and bay leaves and pour in the cornstarch slurry. Whisk until mixture thickens then cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add the chicken back in to warm.

Serve. Serve chicken adobo over a bed of white rice.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

This will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days. Reheat in the microwave with a damp paper towel on top to keep it moist.

chicken adobo with charred skin in liquid in the insert of a slow cooker

Common Questions

What does chicken adobo taste like? It’s sweet, salty, and tangy.

Is chicken adobo spicy? No, but you may add some spice if you’d like.

Can you make this on the stovetop? Yes, absolutely. You would prep the marinade and sear the chicken in a large heavy-bottom pot like a Dutch oven. Then you would add the marinade, onions, and bay leaves to the chicken, cover and cook for about 30-40 minutes, or longer depending on how thick your chicken thighs are. Sometimes bone-in chicken thighs need a bit longer due to the bone.

Can you make this in the oven? Yes. All the steps are the same as the slow cooker but instead, use a Dutch oven (typically oven safe) and cover it and bake at 375 degrees F for 30-45 minutes. To get a nice golden brown color, remove the lid for the last 15 minutes of baking.

Can I use chicken legs with the thighs? Yes, traditionally both are used in this dish.

What could I serve with adobo chicken? Traditionally it is served with white rice.

chicken adobo plated on a bed of white rice on a teal plate

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5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo

The national dish of the Philippines now easily made in your slow cooker! This slow cooker dish does not sacrifice on flavor and you likely already have all the ingredients!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 3 pounds (1361 g) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Pepper, for seasoning
  • 1 ½ cup (355 ml) chicken broth
  • ½ cup (118 ml) white vinegar
  • ¾ cup (177 ml) soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (55 g) dark brown sugar, if you prefer a sweeter sauce, you can add ¼ cup more
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
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  • Pour olive oil into a large skillet, turn to medium-high heat. Place the chicken thighs top side up into the pan and season with pepper. Lightly sear the thighs on both sides, then remove the pan from heat and set aside.
  • In a medium both, mix together chicken broth, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and minced garlic. Pour half of this mixture into the slow cooker.
  • Now place your seared thighs on top of your broth mixture.
  • Add the sliced onions over top of the chicken thighs and pour on the remaining broth mixture. Add two bay leaves to the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours (or on high for 4).
  • Once the chicken is cooked, if you prefer a thicker sauce, remove bay leaves and place the chicken thighs on a plate and add a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon on cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water whisked together) to the adobo sauce left in the slow cooker, mix together, cover with the lid and cook for an additional 5-10, occasionally stirring until thickened.
  • Add the chicken thighs back to the slow cooker to warm and serve over rice.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 540kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 17g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 190mg, Sodium: 1991mg, Potassium: 519mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g

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