WATCH: How To Make Adobong Manok Na Pula
This chicken recipe gets its intense color from atsuete.
Adobo¬†recipes¬†are¬†one of the most popular recipes in the Philippines. The adobo has many variations throughout the country, and it would be an injustice to say that¬†your favorite isn't authentic. It can be argued that this¬†recipe isn't even a "true"¬†adobo in the¬†popular sense since there is no soy sauce but it does contain vinegar which is where it qualifies as an "adobo".¬†¬†
This recipe is actually¬†known¬†under many names: red adobo, adobo sa atsuete, adobong pula, and even manok na pula¬†for the version that's made with chicken. For this recipe, this chicken version originated in the¬†Visayas where chicken reigns over pork. This chicken version is still¬†dyed and simmered in the colored and flavorful oil from the atsuete seeds.¬†
Did you know that atsuete is actually grown abundantly throughout the country?¬†So, this could have originated anywhere! That's why of the many kinds of adobo that can be found around the country,¬†it's where you are that matters.¬†¬†
Here's how to make it:¬†
Abobong Manok na Pula Recipe¬†
- Takes 30 minutes
- Makes 4 servings¬†
- 1/4 cup canola oil¬†
- 1 1/2 tablespoons atsuete seeds (annatto seeds)¬†
- 6 cloves garlic, finely smashed
- 1/2 kilo chicken, cut into serving parts¬†
- 2 dried laurel leaves¬†
- 1/2 cup¬†vinegar¬†
- Salt, to taste¬†
- Ground black pepper,¬†to taste¬†
- 1 In a medium pot over low heat,¬†heat the canola¬†oil. Once hot, saut√© the atsuete seeds for 2 to 3 minutes. Strain out the seeds from the oil and then return the pan to the heat.
- 2¬†Heat the oil over medium heat then add the garlic. Saut√© until fragrant, a few seconds, before adding the chicken pieces. Sear the chicken before flipping. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste.¬†
- 3 Flip the chicken, sear this side, and season again. (Season generously for the best flavor.)¬†
- 4 Add the laurel leaves¬†and vinegar. Bring the vinegar to a boil then¬†simmer, around 10 minutes.¬†Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through and the raw flavor of the vinegar has¬†evaporated.¬†Serve while hot.¬†
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