Chicken, Dinner, Recipes, Vegetables

Too Easy Chicken Adobo and Roasted Greens with Beets and Garlic

I have mentioned before that John’s grandpa was from the Philippines and for his family; Filipino food was a staple. I have created a paleo version of one of John’s favorite dishes before, and you can find my Paleo Pancit recipe here.  

Today’s post is about Chicken Adobo. Adobo is an extremely popular Filipino dish and the other night I made a super fast version of this yummy meal using coconut aminos instead of the standard soy sauce and the end result was delicious!

We served the chicken on top of a mix of greens that I roasted with some fresh garlic, thinly sliced beets and coconut oil.

Here’s how I made the chicken:

Too Easy Chicken Adobo

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (seasoned lightly on both sides with salt and pepper. You can also use skin on and bone in but you’ll need to up the cooking time by about 10 minutes once the chicken is in the sauce.)

1/4 cup coconut oil

½ medium red onion, diced

3-4 garlic cloves minced

½ cup chicken broth

¼ cup coconut aminos

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

Lots of black pepper

1. In a large skillet heat the coconut oil over medium to medium high heat.

2. Once the oil is nice and hot, place the chicken thighs into the oil and brown on both sides (about 3-4 minutes per side).

3. Remove the browned chicken from the pan and set aside.

4. Add to the same pan the onions and saute in the remaining oil until the onions are translucent.  Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds or just until fragrant.

5. Add the chicken broth, coconut aminos, and apple cider vinegar to the onions and garlic and whisk together well. Bring the sauce to a simmer.

6. Add the chicken back to the sauce, in the pan, turn the heat down to low and cover.  Simmer the chicken in the sauce for five minutes, turn the chicken over, cover and cook for another five minutes.  Season with plenty of black pepper and serve on its own or on a bed of greens like we did.

Roasted Mixed Greens with Beets and Garlic

This is more of an idea than an actual recipe. I used what veggies that I had leftover from my CSA box and made this dish to go with our easy chicken adobo.

2 bunches of kale

1 bunch of rainbow chard

6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

4 small beets, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced.

Coconut oil

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Wash and dry the greens and remove the leaves from the tough stems.

4. Chop the greens into small pieces and spread them evenly on a baking sheet.

5. Evenly spread the sliced garlic on top of the greens.

5. Evenly spread the sliced beets on top of the greens.

6. Drizzle with plenty of melted coconut oil.

7. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper.

Roast in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until the beets and garlic are tender.

As always, enjoy!!

Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Courtney says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. My grandfather was Pilipino and I miss his adobo. Thanks!

  2. Adriana McConnell says:

    I love my CSA, I was wondering what farm you have yours through. I am always working to connect my local farmers with other working CSA to get new ideas.

    Thanks, Adriana

    1. Sarah says:

      We are part of the GRUB CSA and we LOVE it!!

  3. I have been eating much more Asian food these days. Always looking for new healthy foods to try. And this fits the bill.

  4. David Reynolds says:

    I’m a firm believer in anything adobo.

  5. zasm` says:

    So very impressed with this Paleo Adobo interpretation! So simple and so delicious. Be sure to make a little extra for leftovers, it doesn’t require much extra work!

  6. john says:

    The chicken was amazing! Thank you again for all you do!

  7. Tiffany says:

    Made this meal for my family tonight and it was a hit!

  8. That looks like a recipe that will make picky DS fall in love with chicken! Great idea for veggies, too – thanks, Sarah! 🙂

  9. THANK YOU for this! I’m filipino and have been working out really hard and really miss eating the “staples”. I will definitely be trying this recipe out!

    1. Sarah says:

      Awesome! I hope you enjoy it!

  10. ellen says:

    This is my first time on your web site. I’ve been paleo for about 6 months and I’m loving it and the effects of it! I tried this recipe tonight, substituting chicken liver and onions for the chicken thighs. Yum-my. I’ll be back!

    1. Sarah says:

      Awesome Ellen, so glad you found my site!!

  11. Okay, I fixed the chicken tonight and DH said several times while eating, “Mmmm!”
    This does NOT happen very often, lol. And that was improvising, as I had neither chicken broth nor coconut aminos (I mixed in Trocomare with water).

    I enjoyed it, too. DS is still being picky, but we’ll see.

    Thanks again – gonna add it to my recipe book! 🙂

  12. AddieMay says:

    i’m not sure where i went wrong with the greens. I had my oven at 375 and my sheet pan looked just like yours:/ they were way wilted and crispy…THAT didn’t slow me down though. I ate THE entire pan by myself with my chicken:) The whole family loved this dish, we did incorporate a bit of rice with the greens. We only eat rice on rare occasions, AND THIS WAS ONE!! Very delicious…

  13. Catherine says:

    I made the adobo tonight…delicious! My mom is Filipino and made adobo quite a bit while I was growing up. This tastes pretty close to it!

  14. Can I subs thighs for boneless chicken breasts and cook the same way?

    1. Sarah says:

      Yes, but boneless chicken breasts will cook faster so be sure to not overcook them!

  15. Kami says:

    Thank you for this recipe. My husband is Filipino and loves adobo but I didn’t know how to paleoize it;). Have you tried this with other types of meat? I love your everyday paleo book and am starting the meal plan in the back this week. I am 38 weeks pregnant with my third child and haven’t been able to eat paleo during this pregnancy until this week. Looking forward to surprising my husband with this dish next week. Thanks again and keep up the good work;)

  16. I’m half Filipino and I thought I would have to give up a lot of my fave foods. Thank you for coming up with this and the pancit recipe 😀 Please tell me you worked out an alt for lumpia. LOL

    1. Sarah says:

      Not yet, but you never know!!!!! LOL!

  17. Sara says:

    This recipe was super easy and incredibly tasty! I made it 5 days ago and it is so good I’m thinking of making it again tonight!

  18. Hector says:

    I added some garlic because I just love it and then I notice you mention garlic in the instructions but not in the ingredients list, is this and oversight? PS – everyone at my house loved the adobo chicken, it’s a keeper!

    1. Sarah says:

      It’s in the ingredient list, just double checked it! : ) So glad you liked it!

  19. This was too good and too easy! We loved it! It’ll definitely be in our dinner rotation now 🙂

  20. Wendy McConnell says:

    I am Filipino-American and I’m always looking for new interpretations of chicken adobo. I have a handful of chicken adobo recipes that I adore. I just had to try yours. I used raw coconut vinegar instead of apple cider and this was the bomb! I typically marinate my chicken the evening before for more flavor but when you have a craving for this and want it quick, this dish does not disappoint! You should try this recipe with a can of coconut milk. I bet you would LOVE it. I have another similar adobo recipe that called for a can of coconut milk and I was skeptical. It was a very pleasant surprise and the recipe has been a keeper! Thanks for sharing this! I will be making your pancit recipe tomorrow and can’t wait!

  21. Ron K. says:

    I’m Filipino and can’t wait to try this recipe!!! I so glad I found this website!

  22. Molly says:

    I will just save some time & serve it over sweet butter lettuce drizzed with olive oil 🙂

  23. stacie says:

    This is one of the best recipes I have ever had! It was a huge success in my house. Thank you so much.

  24. christy says:

    I’m filipino..and just started cfing and paleo. thank you for this recipe! will have to check out paleo pancit. i will share this recipe/site with others at the gym : ).

    1. Awesome, and thank you!

  25. Johanna says:

    Thank you Sarah for this paleoized version of adobo. I am also Filipino (half) and make adobo a lot. I am going to make this today, but I am planning on adding an ingredient that is essential to the adobo flavor: bay leaves. Soy sauce (in this case coconut aminos), and garlic are only 2/3rds of the flavoring ingredients. Traditional adobo includes bay leaves. I usually put 3 leaves per batch of adobo when I make it.

  26. Angela Hyndman says:

    My husband and I made this today. We added bayleafs to the adobo and mushrooms to the veggies. SARAP!

  27. Just made these tonight and they were delish! I especially liked how some of the greens got real crisp. Thanks!

  28. Serena says:

    Is there a way to our this in a slow cooker?

  29. This was a great recipe! My 15 year old made it for our family last night. She even presented it beautifully on the plate.

  30. I need to try this. Looks really good.

  31. Laura Jo says:

    I love chicken adobo and this recipe (and method) was perfect! I served mine over steamed shredded cabbage spiked with some julienned carrot (that’s what I had lurking in the fridge that needed to be used). The sauce and the cabbage was just phenomenal. Quick. Easy. Affordable. ~LJ, Anchorage, AK

    1. So glad you enjoyed it!!

  32. Katherine says:

    Thanks for your site! Do you know about how much this serves?

    1. It should serve 4-6. : )

  33. NatPatBen says:

    I made this last week with chicken & it was very delicious! I’m about to make it again with fish. Not quite sure of what I should do differently (do I brown/cook the fish first?) so I’ll wing it, but I know the sauce will be good even if the fish is not!

  34. angelica says:

    I am filipino and will be trying your recipe out!

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