spin 20 minute healthier chicken adobo recipe

Nothing’s more comforting than a bowl of Adobo after a long day, but we can sometimes find ourselves pressed for time and energy. Traditional Filipino Adobo recipes often call for hours of cooking time to make the meat tender and allow the fat to render, resulting in a dish that’s delicious, but a little unhealthy and quite time-consuming. I make a version of chicken adobo that you can make in about 20 minutes and it’s a bit healthier so you don’t feel guilty while indulging in the country’s favorite flavors.

Watch the video below, and try it out yourselves! Let me know what you think, and what other recipes you’d like to see.

A Spin on a 20 Minute Healthier Chicken Adobo

A Spin on a 20 Minute Healthier Chicken Adobo Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 1 h 15 mins Calories: 500 Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3 medium-to-large apples
  • 4 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Maple syrup or honey, to taste (optional)
  • Optional toppings: swirl of nut butter (pecan butter, almond butter or peanut butter)


  1. 1 In a medium Dutch oven or large saucepan (around 3.5 quarts), melt the butter over medium heat
  2. 2 Add the apple chunks, water and salt. Stir to combine, and raise the heat to high to bring the mixture to a simmer.
  3. 3 Remove from heat and let the oatmeal rest for 5 minutes before serving so it has more time to thicken up.
  4. 4 Divide the mixture into individual bowls and serve with any toppings you'd like.


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