Adobo chicken drumsticks

Adobo chicken drumsticks

Vinegar is traditionally used by Europeans to preserve chicken on long journeys on ships.
When these ships reached South America, the Philipinos made adobo chicken with the pickled chicken. I am going to show you how to make this ancient recipe.

Prep Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Resting time 5 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipinos
Servings 4 people
Calories 65 kcal


  • 6 pieces chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp pickle juice
  • ½ tsp salt

The herb paste

  • 1 piece whole onion
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 pieces chili peppers
  • 1 tbsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  • Dice the onion and chop fine the garlic cloves. Fry these in a pan in some olive oil.
  • In the meantime, chop fine the chili peppers and add this to the onion and garlic.
  • Stir fry this until the onions are slightly browned and soft.
  • Add the tomato paste and more olive oil when the paste threatens to dry. Keep stirring this until the paste gets a dark brown color without its getting burned.
  • Season the paste with the paprika powder, salt and pepper and give it a good stir as you take the pan off the fire so the paste can cool down.
  • Pour the pickle juice over the chicken drumsticks and sprinkle on some salt. Rub the cooled paste over the chicken and make sure the chicken is covered all over.
  • Let this sit for four hours or overnight in the fridge.
  • Fire up your grill with a temperature of about 160°C and stick a thermometer in the thickest part of one drumstick.
  • Let the chicken cook to a core temperature of 70°C/158°F. Turn halfway to let the meat cook evenly.
  • Let the drumsticks rest for a few minutes before serving.



Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1003mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1210IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Chicken legs, Drumsticks
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