So simple and so delicious, these chicken thighs are first seared to a golden brown colour, then braised in vinegar and soy sauce flavourful liquid with plenty of garlic!
There are 2 ways I have done this dish. Here, in the video, is the basic recipe. I did some research and found that some use spices for the chicken that contributed to the darker richer colour of the chicken, as well as letting the chicken braise in the sauce, turning it a few times. Usually, annatto powder is used to make the food a darker colour. I don’t have it, so I made my own spice mix, recipe here- https://www.iftheovenmittfits.com/2019/02/23/homemade-filipino-adobo-spice-mix/Also, reducing the sauce to a thicker, more caramelized consistency by cooking it some time uncovered. Both are delicious.
3-3 1/2 lb chicken bone-in chicken thighs (I took the skin off)
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
8 garlic cloves smashed
3 bay leaves
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tbsp. coconut sugar or brown sugar
1/4 cup water
Instructions: Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Mix well. Set aside
In a large wide pan, heat the oil. Add the chicken pieces on the skin side down. Cook on medium high heat for 8-12 minutes, until golden brown colour. Flip and cook about 5 min on the other side.
Nestle in the onions, garlic cloves and bay leaves. Cook for around 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix soy sauce, vinegar and coconut sugar together. Add the pan.
Add water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and cook, basting top of chicken with liquid from time to time, for around 30 minutes.
If you want a darker richer colour on the chicken, flip chicken over in braising liquid a couple of times instead of just basting with a spoon. That is what I did in the second photo below. Serve over white rice. If you are doing the second way below, I used 2 tbsp of my homemade spice mix on the chicken before searing, with an extra 1 tsp of pepper. Enjoy!