Spicy chicken wings adobo , Filipino-style

I've been blabbing for nearly 3 years and it would be remiss of me not to include our unofficial national dish , the adobo , in this site .

There are several variations out there on how to make Filipino-style adobo and it all comes down to your own personal preference . The traditional way of cooking this dish is really easy , dump everything in a pot or wok and simmer until chicken is cooked through . Most Filipinos prefer eating it with rice . 

The recipe that I want to try is the one that I've seen at Serious Eats last year . It's the recipe of Marvin Gapultos of Burnt Lumpia from his book The Adobo Road Cookbook . That is , until I stumbled upon another recipe at Martha Stewart's. The recipe of April Bloomfield . 

I love the recipe of Miss Bloomfield , it may not be the traditional way to cook adobo , browning the chicken first and also adding ginger and onion but I like it much more better than the original adobo recipe . Though looking at her recipe , the amount of the vinegar is just too much , but hey , it's the way she likes it ! 

My own concoction though needs more garlic , maybe 10 instead 6 cloves . I've also added calamansi juice just because I like it and of course , chilli flakes for that extra kick  ^___^ '' 

750 grams chicken wings
5 shallots , cut in half
6 cloves garlic , peeled or unpeeled , smashed with the side of the knife
10 grams ginger , with skin-on , thinly sliced
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 dried bay leaves
1/2 cup / 8 tablespoons vinegar 
6 tablespoons light soy sauce
generous tablespoon of calamansi juice  
1 1/2 teaspoons raw sugar or granulated sugar
generous teaspoon of chilli flakes

*  Heat wok or a large pan , add some oil and when it is hot , fry chicken wings in batches until both sides are golden brown . Transfer to a plate . 

* In the same pan , over medium heat , add in the shallots , garlic , ginger , peppercorns and bay leaves  , cook  for 5 minutes , stirring from time to time . Add in the wings , vinegar , soy sauce , calamansi juice , sugar and chilli flakes . Let boil , adjust taste , then turn heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes . 

* Serve hot with rice . 


  1. Beautiful recipe, Anne! I learnt how to make this on one of my many dive trips to the Philippines, with lots of ginger and black pepper! This one is a winner!

  2. I love adobo...and it's always a hit with any of our international guests...your idea of adding calamansi juice sounds nice...must try that one too:)

  3. 这个吃法对我来说很新鲜


  4. Hi Anne,
    Delicious chicken dish! I love spicy dishes and I have a jar of adobo sauce bought quite sometime ago. One of these days, I'll just have to use it for myself as it is too spicy for my kids. Yes, I can see this recipe uses lots of vinegar! With all the other ingredients, this dish must have tons of flavours! Looks very good with the white rice! yum!

  5. that post remind me about your 2 earlier entries - I am going to make the dandan noodles and your coffee cakes

  6. Gorgeous photos, Anne! Makes me want to lick the screen! I'll have to google calamansi to see what it is and if I can get it, b/c I'd love to try your wings :)

    1. Se ve muy delicioso con rico adobo igual que Liz quiero comerme la pantalla,abrazos.

  7. Nice to see you dishing up this unofficial national dish, love it, i's simple to make and delicious! Hoping to see more of this type of dishes :))

  8. I love adobo which I've tried here and so happy that you shared this recipe with us :D Definitely love to try this version with my family.

  9. This looks good! Finger licking good!

  10. Simply look delicous, thank you for sharing :)

  11. My kind of everyday dish...this looks flavourful and delicious, Anne.

  12. This is a very delicious dish that I would love to try too! Sweet, sour with some spice, sounds like my kind of dish!

  13. Me encanta los sabores y textura se ve increìble,saludos y abrazos.

  14. Oh my Anne, those are some nice looking wings. Finger looking good just as Mich says! I may have to look up calamansi also. I'm not sure what it is. I do love the way you have kicked up the garlic in this recipe and the vinegar sounds quite intriguing. Thank you so much for sharing, Anne...I suddenly have a craving for wings and I haven't even eaten breakfast yet!

  15. Hi Anne, your this chicken dish is very inviting and exceptionally good. I definitely need 2 bowls of rice. LOL

    Best regards.

  16. I made this once 2-3 years ago, it was really good!


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