3 lbs /1.5 kilos pieces of Chicken (or one whole chicken, cut-up) or a combo of Chicken and Pork
½ cup white Vinegar
⅓ cup Water
⅓ (up to ½) cup Soy Sauce
1 Whole Garlic, cloves separated, crushed, but left unpeeled
2 teaspoons whole Black Peppercorns
3 Bay leaves
1 Tablespoon brown Sugar (optional)
Place the meat and the rest of the ingredients in a large pan like a Dutch oven. You can also marinate the meat overnight prior to cooking.
Using medium heat, bring to a boil. Adjust the heat to the lowest setting and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. This helps mellow the taste of the vinegar.
Cover and then continue to simmer on low until the chicken (and pork) pieces are tender about 30-40 minutes. When the meat is already tender, sprinkle the brown sugar on top. Gently stir to allow sugar to be absorbed by the meat. Cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes. This will not really sweeten the adobo but just help enhance the flavor and add a little caramel glaze to the meat. The adobo is already yummy at this time but its taste improves as it ages. And don’t forget the rice – lots of rice as this is a particulary more-ish dish.
Recipe by Panlasang Pinoy Recipes™ at https://www.panlasangpinoyrecipes.com/classic-chicken-adobo-recipe/