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Skillet Chicken Adobo with Coconut Rice. A one-skillet Filipino-inspired chicken in a tangy, sweet, and spicy adobo sauce served over creamy coconut rice. I make mine with pineapple and jalapeños for a sweet-spicy kick. The creamy coconut rice wonderfully compliments the tangy, sweet, and spicy adobo sauce. Add fresh avocado and a side of beans for the perfect healthy dinner, any night of the week.

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Everyone always asks where I get recipe inspiration from. And while I get it from just about everywhere, my number one source is my family. It could be a recipe they’re wanting or a dish they had out one night. No matter where their inspiration comes from, I love to cook for them, and cook what they want to eat.

Hail’s (Red’s girlfriend) has been here since before Dew Tour in December. She’s Filipino and I’m always asking her what to make when she’s around. Adobo came up up the other week and I loved the idea of a simple skillet dinner.

I asked how her mom made it. Then we kind of went back and forth on a few changes/additions to hopefully make it even more delicious. This isn’t quite a traditional adobo, but similar and very delicious. Hail’s fully approved.

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Here are the details

The amazing thing about chicken adobo is that it’s naturally a one skillet kind of dinner. Meaning, this is so simple and doesn’t require too many ingredients.

Ideally, you want to use chicken thighs for best flavor and to avoid any dry chicken. However, if your family is like mine, you can also use chicken breasts, or even a mix.

You’ll want to first sear the chicken, then add soy sauce and vinegar. The vinegar is what adds the tang to the sauce. It’s traditional to use brown sugar too, but since we wanted ours to be less sweet, I just used a small amount of honey.

Once the chicken is seared, add the sauce, then toss in the bay leaves. For some spice, we love to throw in a jalapeño. It’s heat really mellows out as the pepper cooks in the sauce, adding just the right amount of spice. Not too spicy, but just right.

At the end of cooking, stir in the pineapple chunks. This is also not traditional, but so yummy. Especially with the jalapeño, it really balances the flavors nicely.

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The coconut rice

While the chicken simmers on the stove. Make the coconut rice. We love coconut rice around here. It’s creamier and with just a small amount of coconut flavor it pairs really well with Asian style dishes.

A little cilantro and pinch of salt at the end makes everything just perfect. Then serve the chicken and rice with sliced avocado and cucumber.

Everyone in my family has agreed, they could easily eat this once or twice a week. The chicken is tender, and the sauce is everyone’s favorite – spicy, sweet, and tangy.

The rice completes it all!

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Looking for other skillet recipes? Here are my favorites: 

Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo

French Onion Tater Tot Casserole

Cuban Chicken Rice Bake

Greek Meatballs and Lemon Butter Orzo

Lastly, if you make this Skillet Chicken Adobo with Coconut Rice, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Skillet Chicken Adobo with Coconut Rice

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 619 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Coconut Cilantro Rice


  • 1. Season the chicken all over with black pepper. In a large glass measuring cup, combine the tamari/soy sauce, vinegar, honey, and 1/2 cup of water.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden, about 4-5 minutes per side.
    3. Add the garlic, cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the soy sauce mixture. Add the jalapeños and bay leaves. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, uncover and cook another 10-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the pineapple.
    4. Remove the bay leaves and discard. Serve the chicken adobo over rice. Top each plate with avocado, green onions, jalapeños, and cucumber.

Coconut Rice

  • 1. Combine the coconut milk and 1/2 cup water in a medium pot. Bring to a low boil. Add the rice and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine, cover, then turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook 10 minutes on low, then turn the heat off completely and let the rice sit, covered, for another 15-20 minutes (don't take any peeks inside!).
    2. Remove the lid, add the cilantro, and pinch salt. Fluff the rice with a fork.
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  1. 5 stars
    Just made this and cannot get over how good it was! My husband is half Filipino and said he likes it better than the version his mom made growing up, lol.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for my parents & me and it was a hit! very simple ingredients, but so flavorful. will definitely be making again!

  3. 5 stars
    For some reason, I didn’t expect this recipe to be anything special. I wasn’t excited to make it but was wanting a dish that had something other than chicken for a change. Well—OH my GOODNESS. This is probably one of my favorite recipes from T now! So flavourful you won’t even believe it and the coconut rice is such a nice balance to the strong taste of the sauce. I will be making this again and again and again! Seriously tastes like a restaurant meal. Thank you, T!

    1. Hey Melissa,
      Happy Sunday!!🍋☀️ I appreciate you trying this recipe out and your comment, so glad to hear it was a winner! xT

  4. 5 stars
    I am SO into this recipe!! The adobo is a lot easier than it seems and goes so well with coconut rice.

    1. Hi Emily,
      Happy Weekend!! So glad to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for trying it and your feedback! xT

  5. 5 stars
    A perfect blend of spicy, savory, sweet, and salty! Another hit in my household! Thank you for these delicious and uncomplicated recipes!

    1. Hi Lara,
      Thanks so much!! I love to hear that this recipe was delish and I appreciate you making it! xT

  6. 5 stars
    This was amazing and really easy to make! I always gravitate towards dinners with pineapple and this did not disappoint. I found it very flavorful, especially with all the added fresh toppings. I was worried it would be too spicy, but used 2 jalapeños that were deseeded and it was good spice level. Will make again!

    1. Hey Chelsea,
      Happy Monday!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it:) xT

    1. Hey Danica,
      Fantastic!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I’m so glad it was delish! Have a great weekend:) xx

  7. 4 stars
    Got a delicious sear on the chicken. I used breasts. The sauce was rather bland for us even with two jalapenos. Added a lot of Sriracha to my finished dish. Next time I will ramp up the heat more. TY for the recipe.

    1. Hey Mary,
      Happy Wednesday!! 🍉🍓 Thanks a bunch for testing out this recipe, I’m so glad to hear that it turned out well for you! xT