healthy chicken adobo

Filipino Healthy Chicken Adobo.

We just got back from an amazing trip to the Philippines where we got our minds blown at the Tropical Think Tank Conference (online business your thing? You should read this post). While we were in the Philippines we got to try some delicious traditional Filipino cuisine so of course we had to make a healthy paleo version! This recipe is inspired by our beautiful friend Jackie from Paleo Cafe Paddington (@primalgoddess83 on Instagram!). Thanks for the recipe <3!


This Filipino Healthy Chicken Adobo is all kinds of delicious and a super easy recipe. It’s the perfect paleo week day recipe.

It’s traditionally made with pork or chicken so feel free to mix up the protein! We’re kinda off pork at the moment so we used organic chicken drumsticks. Woweee yum.

Let us know if you try the recipe, share on social media and hashtag #themerrymakersisters so we don’t miss it!

 Always merrymaking,

Emma + Carla

Ps. We served our Filipino Healthy Chicken Adobo with a side of Caulirice.

healthy chicken adobo

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filipino healthy chicken adobo
Serves 4
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Stuff you need
  1. 1 kg (2 lbs.) free range chicken drumsticks (about 6)
  2. 1 onion cut in to wedges
  3. 2 cloves garlic crushed
  4. 3 limes juiced (we also used orange juice!)
  5. 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  6. 1/2 tbs. coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  7. coconut oil for pan
Now what
  1. In a deep sauce pan on high heat, melt the coconut oil.
  2. Add the onion and cook until soft.
  3. Take out the onion and set aside for now.
  4. Add the chicken to the saucepan and cook until all sides turn white.
  5. Add the garlic and onion and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring to distribute flavours.
  6. Add the lime juice, coconut aminos and vinegar, stir again.
  7. Turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring often to keep the chicken coated in the sauce.
  8. Wa-LAH!
Merrymaker tip
  1. Serve this AMAZING dish with caulirice! The recipe link is above!
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Comments 10

  1. Hello ladies, can you please tell me what is the ingredient “coconut aminos” and where to purchase it please.

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    Hi Karen! Coconut aminos is a soy sauce replacement – as we don’t eat soy! You can get it from most health food stores 🙂 But if you do eat soy or tamari you can use this instead 🙂 e + c

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    Hi Jennifer! We haven’t tried but we think it would delish! Only one way to find out we guess! 😉 You might just need some extra liquid. Let Su know how it goes!

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  5. hey Emma and Carla,
    the recipe done in the slow cooker was amazing… and so little effort …. i actually doubled the recipe so i could freeze some for when we are away in the caravan …. have a pic of the meal, but wasn’t sure if i could post it here or not …… thanks

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  7. I love this dish. Make it often. I also love to keep the leftover sauce and cook a couple of onions in it. Makes a delicious onion relish type thing! Great on a paleo burger, or just on a steak!

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