Experience the tantalizing flavors of the Pacific with our signature Guam Chicken Adobo. Tender chicken thighs marinated in a harmonious blend of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and aromatic spices, slow-cooked to perfection. Each succulent bite is a journey to the tropical paradise of Guam, where the richness of tradition meets the freshness of island ingredients. Served with steamed rice, this dish is a celebration of Guam's culinary heritage. Taste the warmth of the Pacific sun in every mouthwatering bite.

Here's a traditional recipe for Guam Chicken Adobo:


  • 2 lbs chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (cane vinegar or white vinegar preferred)
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt, to taste
  • Steamed rice, for serving
  • Chopped green onions or cilantro, for garnish (optional)


1- In a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic, black peppercorns, and bay leaves. Mix well to combine.

2- Add the chicken thighs to the marinade, ensuring they are evenly coated. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or ideally overnight for the best flavor.

3- After marinating, remove the chicken from the marinade, but reserve the marinade for later use.

4- Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken thighs skin side down and sear until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Work in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan.

5- Once the chicken is seared, return all the pieces to the skillet. Pour in the reserved marinade along with 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

6- Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the chicken simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and fully cooked through. Stir occasionally and adjust the heat if necessary to maintain a gentle simmer.

7- Once the chicken is cooked, taste the sauce and season with salt if needed. You can also adjust the flavor by adding more vinegar or soy sauce according to your preference.

8- Serve the Guam Chicken Adobo hot over steamed rice. Garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro if desired.

Enjoy the rich and savory flavors of this classic Filipino dish with a Guam twist!

Nutritional Values:

Here are the approximate nutritional values for the main ingredients used in the Guam Chicken Adobo recipe:

Chicken Thighs (per 3.5 oz or 100g serving):

  • Calories: 209 kcal
  • Protein: 18.5 g
  • Fat: 15.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugars: 0 g


  • Excellent source of protein, which is essential for muscle growth and repair.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, iron, and zinc.
  • Provides healthy fats, including monounsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health.

Soy Sauce (per 1 tablespoon or 15ml serving):

  • Calories: 8 kcal
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugars: 0.1 g


  • Adds flavor to dishes without adding extra calories.
  • Contains essential amino acids necessary for building and repairing tissues in the body.
  • Contains small amounts of antioxidants and phytonutrients that may have health benefits.

Vinegar (per 1 tablespoon or 15ml serving):

  • Calories: 3 kcal
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugars: 0 g


  • Helps to balance blood sugar levels when consumed with meals, which can be beneficial for individuals with diabetes.
  • May aid in digestion by promoting the production of stomach acid.
  • Contains acetic acid, which has been linked to potential health benefits such as weight loss and improved cholesterol levels.

Garlic (per clove, approximately 3g):

  • Calories: 4 kcal
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Sugars: 0 g


  • Rich in sulfur compounds such as allicin, which have antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Contains antioxidants that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
  • May have potential cardiovascular benefits, including lowering blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels.

Black Peppercorns (per 1 teaspoon or 2g serving):

  • Calories: 6 kcal
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Sugars: 0 g


  • Contains piperine, which has been shown to enhance the absorption of nutrients from other foods.
  • May have anti-inflammatory properties and help improve digestion.
  • Rich in antioxidants, which can help protect cells from damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Please note that these values are approximate and can vary based on factors such as brand, cooking methods, and specific ingredients used. Additionally, the nutritional values for the entire dish would depend on factors such as portion size and any additional ingredients or sides served with the chicken adobo.


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