Chicken adobo is a simple but classic Filipino meal. The combination of soy sauce, vinegar, peppercorn and bay leaf is a very popular one in Filipino cuisine. Garlicky, sweet and savory, there’s no questioning why adobo is so well-loved by many. It’s the perfect dish to have over a bowl of warm rice, and can make anywhere feel like home. It’s the perfect dish for any time of day –– lunch, dinner, or leftovers for breakfast. You can even choose to add egg to your meal –– yummy!
The cooking method of adobo is a process native to the Philippines. Back then when refrigerators had yet to be invented, people used to cook or keep their meats or seafood in copious amounts of vinegar. This helped in the storage process of these proteins. Over the years, with the addition of soy sauce and garlic, adobo has become a dish we all know and love. You can cook a variety of things with the adobo cooking method. Other popular adobo variations include pork belly adobo, adobong kangkong, adobong pusit, among others. But chicken adobo remains to be one of the most prevalent and delicious dishes there is!
How to cook this delicious dish is something a lot of Filipino households might already be familiar with. It is a great one pot dish –– meaning, you’ll only need one pot to toss and mix in all your ingredients together. Some people add ingredients like potatoes or chilis to their adobo, but that’s up to personal preference.
Today, however, we’re introducing a new kind of cooking method you might not have seen before, or only rarely: Sprite Chicken Adobo!
Yes, Sprite –– like the popular lemon lime soft drink! People have been cooking their meats in various soft drinks for a while now. Sodas like Coca Cola and Sprite are super sweet –– great for substituting the sugar in dishes! Dishes like Sprite Chicken Adobo give you all the classic flavors you love with the addition of sodas’ sweetened taste. The soft drink can also help make your meat in dishes a little more tender, in less amount of time.
Cooking Sprite Chicken Adobo is just as easy as cooking adobo the regular way. It takes a little less than an hour, but most of the time is devoted to making sure the chicken soaks up the tasty flavors. And of course, the end product is always worth the wait. When that juicy, tender meat combines with the amazing smells and taste of the adobo sauce, it’s impossible for your mouth not to water!
Try this chicken adobo today and share it with your loved ones!
How to Cook Sprite Chicken Adobo, Step by Step
The ingredients for Sprite Chicken Adobo are pretty much the same as every other chicken adobo you cook. You’ll need your chicken (of course), soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorn. This time, however, you also have the additional ingredient of 2 cups of Sprite!
Prepare your kitchen for cooking by cutting your 1 lb. of chicken into serving pieces. The great thing about chicken adobo is that it’s such an adaptable recipe. You can use any part of the chicken and it’ll come out delicious regardless! Personally, I enjoy the chicken thigh, drumsticks, and breast best.
Crush your garlic cloves and dry your bay leaves –– and from there you’re ready to start your cooking process!
Heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pot. Put your crushed garlic in and sauté it until it’s a nice brown color. From there, add in your chicken and sauté it as well. The outer parts should be a light brown shade before you pour in your next ingredient -– soy sauce. Let the chicken and garlic cook in the sauce for two minutes.
Now it’s time to add in your 2 cups of Sprite! Add this in, as well as your 4 tablespoons of vinegar. Let your chicken adobo boil.
The last ingredient to add in would be your bay leaves and peppercorn. Once you have, cover your pot and let your Sprite Chicken Adobo cook for 45 minutes. By now, your chicken is soaking up all the delicious flavor of the adobo sauce. Set your heat between low and medium; you don’t want to overcook your chicken or make it too tough! Add water if needed to make your chicken adobo a little saucier.
After your 45 minutes are up, your Sprite Chicken Adobo is ready! Transfer your food to a serving bowl for the dining table. With freshly cooked rice and a nice drink, your chicken adobo is sure to be a success.
Let us know what you think of this Sprite Chicken Adobo. Enjoy!
Sprite Chicken Adobo
- 1 lb. chicken cut into serving pieces
- 2 cups Sprite
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons white vinegar
- 5 cloves garlic crushed
- 3 pieces bay leaves dried
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- Heat oil in a pot. Sauté garlic until brown.
- Add chicken. Sauté until outer parts turn light brown.
- Pour soy sauce into the pot. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add Sprite and vinegar. Let boil.
- Add bay leaves and whole peppercorn.
- Cover the pot. Continue cooking between low to medium heat for 45 minutes. Add water if needed.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and top with chopped green onions. This is best eaten with white rice.