Father Leo's Mom’s Chicken Adobo with Lemon-Infused Coconut Curry Sauce

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 10m
Ready In

"This recipe is a creation of Father Leo Patalinghug. It is a Philippine rendition of his mom's recipe with some changes and infusion of his own. Fr. Leo is well known for his cooking and intermingling faith and food."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (344.5 g)
  • Calories 389.8
  • Total Fat - 21.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 435.5 mg
  • Sodium - 4696.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 12.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.9 g
  • Sugars - 3.7 g
  • Protein - 37.2 g
  • Calcium - 76.3 mg
  • Iron - 6.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 11.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Heat oil in a large pot, and sauté garlic over medium heat.

Step 2

Season chicken with salt and Five Spice Powder (or adobo seasoning). Add chicken to the pot and cook until lightly browned on at least two sides of each piece, about 2 minutes on each side.

Step 3

Add the bay leaves, onion, soy sauce, vinegar, and black peppercorns. Mix together.

Step 4

Keep pot covered, stirring occasionally, and cook for about 15 minutes.

Step 5

Add lemongrass, curry powder, and coconut milk and mix.

Step 6

Reduce heat to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Remove lemongrass and bay leaves before serving with hot sticky rice.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Daily Inspiration

Awesome flavor! I halved the recipe and the seasoning along with the coconut milk was amazing. Loved it and will definitely make this dish again.

(25 Feb 2021)


Ten stars! Like Mike, I also worked with Filipinas and adobo was frequently (if not always) at our potlucks. This was simply delicious! I'm not a salt fan, so it was great to be able to tweak a little to lessen the sodium - I only used half the soy sauce and doubled the lemongrass. This smelled SO SO good while cooking and the flavor is amazing. Like Mike, I also used all chicken thighs. Glad for the leftovers! Thanks for sharing this - going into my Best Of file right away!

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(20 Aug 2020)


The last ten years that I worked before retiring I worked with 5 Filipinas. We would have potlucks every couple of months and I had some amazing food. Chicken (and pork) adobo was always brought from someone, and I collected several recipes. I have made them often, but this is really one of the best. I loved the 5 Spice and the addition of the coconut milk. I used all thighs. This will be my go-to recipe from now on.

review by:
(4 Jun 2020)


We enjoyed this curry over rice. We used 1 chicken cut into pieces (I did remove some of the bones after cooking) and used the Five Spice Powder option. Delicious and easy--the hardest part was cutting up the chicken! Thanks for sharing!

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(14 Nov 2019)