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Adobo Chicken Wings

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Nearly every part of the chicken is marvelous to cook. These Adobo Chicken Wings, Filipino-style is another proof of that. I found a large pack of chicken wings at the grocery last week which were on sale. They looked hefty, meaty and promising. A quick search of chicken wings recipes from fellow recipe bloggers yielded a smorgasbord of varying flavors – from spicy, salty and sweet. I decided to stick to my tried and true Filipino adobo flavors which my family enjoys. The garlicky-vinegar tastes and aroma always wins at our table.

I don’t cook chicken wings as often as I should. I have this misconception that they are just good for an appetizer. I was wrong about that. The chicken wings I purchased had more than enough meat on them so that this dish made it to two dinners, one lunch and one merienda.

I tossed everything in a large stockpot – wings, garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves, vinegar and soy sauce. Then I let the stove do the rest. The adobo boiled then simmered low and slow. The simmering activity from the stove top warmed up our home on a chilly day in early spring. The tangy aromas from a combination of garlic, vinegar and soy sauce spewed in the air and our house smelled wonderful. There is always something about the scent of a bubbling pot of adobo that tugs at your soul and fills your belly with anticipation. You know you’re home when you catch a whiff of it.

Adobo Chicken Wings

These Adobo Chicken Wings starts with the classic way of cooking this Filipino stew by simmering the ingredients together in the sauces. After the stew is done, air dry the chicken wings for at least half an hour. Then you have two choices: Either deep fry the wings to a crisp or broil them in the oven till they are golden brown. This was inspired by Chef King Phojanakong from his recipe published in The New York Times. Serves 2 to 4 as an appetizer, side or entrée
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 2 minutes
Resting time30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 12 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Filipino Chicken Wings Adobo Appetizer
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 541kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Large stock pot: 6 or 8 quarts
  • Large skillet or wok: 12 or 14 inches diameter
  • Large, rimmed baking sheet


  • 1 cup Heinz cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce Filipino brand
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 cloves garlic peeled, crushed garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper corns
  • 3 pieces bay leaves
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings tips removed and sectioned
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil for deep frying vegetable oil
  • for serving boiled rice


  • Prepare chicken wings by removing the ends and tips.
  • In a large stockpot, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, coconut milk, broth, garlic, black peppercorns, bay leaves, salt and black pepper powder. Add the chicken wings. Mix together. Let the chicken sit in the marinade for thirty minutes at room temperature.
  • Over medium high heat, bring the adobo to a boil. Then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover and continue cooking till the chicken wings are cooked completely for 50 minutes.
  • Take the chicken wings out of the saucepan and air dry on a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes. Pat with paper towels to hasten the process.
  • How to deep fry: In a large skillet, add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough (about 350 F), add the chicken wings in batches and deep fry. Cook wings to a crisp, about 3 minutes on each side, turning over with tongs. Drain fried wings on parchment paper to remove excess oil.
  • Or how to broil: If preferred, broil the wings in the oven. Turn on broiler. Arrange chicken wings adobo on a large, rimmed baking sheet lined with foil then parchment paper. Broil on high for about 8 minutes till skin is crisp.
  • Separately, over medium high heat, add the coconut milk to the adobo sauce in the stockpot. Cook and reduce the liquid  till it is thick. When sauce is gravy-like, pour over crisp chicken wings or serve on the side if preferred. Serve with boiled rice.

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Serving: 1g | Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 3052mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 4mg

Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.

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