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Adobo Chicken Wings

Jen Phanomrat

All the traditional adobo flavor you love, spread thick over chicken wings.

Adobo Chicken Wings


  • 2 pounds chicken wings

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 head (8 cloves) garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 3 bay leaves

  • Canola oil

  • For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup coconut cream

  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper, minced

  • 1 tablespoon scallion, thinly sliced

  • Salt to taste


  1. In a bowl, combine all wing ingredients, cover, and allow to marinate for 3 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a pan, add the wings and marinade and simmer for about 15- 20 minutes. Remove the wings and transfer to a baking rack. Pat dry slightly, brush with oil, and bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until fully cooked and crispy.

  3. Meanwhile, continue cooking the remaining marinade on low heat, until slightly reduced. In a small sauce pan, combine sauce ingredients and simmer. After 8 minutes, transfer to a dipping bowl.

  4. To serve, drizzle the reduced adobo sauce over the wings with the coconut dipping sauce on the side.

Adobo Chicken Wings




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- I am the best daughter in the whole world, so I'm gonna take everything my mother has taught me about how to make the perfect adobo chicken, and throw that out the window and make what I want to make, which is adobo chicken wings. The flavors here are traditional, so we're gonna start with some bay leaf. More precisely, some dried bay leaf, and what I like to do is just rip little slits on either side of the stem. That just releases all the wonderfulness. That goes in the bowl. Next, a whole bunch of garlic. Crush 'em up. Yaass, this is the smell of my people. Add enough black pepper to make your ancestors sneeze, some white vinegar, that's vinegar, and soy sauce. Simple marinade, wam bam, thank you ma'am. Now for the chick. In goes the wings. Make sure everything gets fully submerged in that marinade. Cover it up and let it marinade in the fridge. It's been marinading for about three hours now. I'm gonna add it to this pan. You can leave the bay leaves in there. This just needs to simmer for about 10 minutes, for two reason, one, I want all of those flavors to penetrate the chicken, and it helps it to cook a lot faster once it's in the oven. They're ready. Last one out of the pool, and onto my baking sheet here that has a rack so they can get nice and crispy all around in the oven. Keep the sauce on the heat so that you can reduce, but you can take out the bay leaves. Then brush the chicken with a little bit of canola oil, and this goes into the oven at 375 for 15 minutes. The sauce is nicely reduced. I'm gonna take that off the heat, and pour this into a bowl for later. For the dipping sauce, add some coconut cream to a saucepan along with some chilis, scallions, coconut sugar, some grated ginger, and a little salt. Mix it up until thickened, and serve it in a bowl. All the elements have come together for this very moment. The plating. Get that reduced sauce, yeah buddy. And there you have it, adobo chicken wings. I gotta try this guy, first you gotta loosen the bone here, dip it into the spicy coconut. Mm, my god, so amazing, full of flavor. Yes, yes, chicken wing. I hope you guys give this a try. I'll see you next time. Remember to just eat life. That's spicy, my mouth is lovin' it.