Chicken is always a crowd pleaser, but do you ever find yourself in a bit of a rut and cooking it the same way? We do, and whilst we would happily eat lemon and garlic chicken breasts on repeat, we love trying something new, so this Filipino Chicken Adobo that we were sent in our Gousto recipe box is now a favourite.
Whilst we are trying to cut down on how much meat we eat, when we do eat it we are trying to stick to chicken and we are enjoying lots of new ways of livening it up. It turns out, just a few simple ingredients can totally transform chicken thighs and gives you a winner, winner, chicken dinner (sorry, I had to). Recipe boxes, like the one we got sent from Gousto, are great for some quick meal-time inspiration. You can read more about the boxes below.
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Filipino food isn’t really something I would have thought to try, but if it all tastes as good as this Filipino inspired dish does, then I want to try some more! Really simple ingredients, strong flavours and easy to cook. They are the kind of meals we like. We never would have discovered this dish if it hadn’t arrived in our Gousto Recipe Box. We like to think of ourselves as foodies, and we are always creating something new in the kitchen. But sometimes we lack inspiration too and that is where these boxes save the day.
Gousto Recipe Boxes keep meal times interesting, and we have discovered so many new family favourite recipes from meals we have picked to be included in our weekly box. You can pick from a variety of dishes and cuisines and I challenge you to not be able to find something to suit your tastes. Salads, Mexican, vegetarian, light and hearty – Gousto has it all.
We love trying different flavours from around the world, but sometimes we just don’t have time to look through recipe books, food magazines or Pinterest to find something new and then have to note down all the ingredients and go shopping for it. Are you the same? Then you need to order yourself a Gousto Recipe Box. You just log on, choose the recipes that you would like in you box and for how many people and they are delivered straight to your door with the simple-to-follow recipe cards to guide you through the cooking.
Not only that, but everything is already weighed out for you, the portion control is there and it really takes all the hassle out of good eating. Dave absolutely loves getting these boxes. Whilst he does enjoy cooking, and the satisfaction of putting a meal on the table that he has made himself, he hates having to look for recipes and if he never had to go food shopping again then he wouldn’t. So these boxes are perfect for him, and any of you that feel the same. He likes being able to log on to Gousto and see what choices are available and then wait for them to arrive. It really is so simple.
All the recipes we have tried are fool-proof and as long as you can follow simple instructions and know how to turn your hob on, then you are good to go. But don’t think that they are just for beginner cooks. The are definitely for people that think they are a pro in the kitchen too, because it doesn’t matter how much of an expert you are, we all lack in inspiration and time sometimes. When Avery was first born, these boxes were a life saver. Dave did most of the cooking and without these we may have eaten beans on toast a lot more than we actually did. Now that Avery is eating solids, she is enjoying some of the meals that we make from here too. Delicious, hassle-free, food for all the family.
As with everything, feel free to adapt the recipes to suit your own tastes. We added some lime juice and zest and a little cumin to the rice to give it some extra flavour and we used less soy sauce to bring the salt levels down. But that’s the great thing about recipes – use them as inspiration and make what works for you and your family. I loved the idea of mixing the broccoli and green beans straight in to the rice.
If you have any leftovers (I know, what are leftovers?) then this chicken is amazing on a salad the next day with a little sprinkling of feta. I know that feta isn’t typical in Filipino cuisine, but you know that I like to put feta on everything.
Filipino Chicken Adobo
Chicken is always a crowd pleaser, and this Filipino Chicken Adobo is now a favourite.
- 4 chicken thigh fillets
- 1 onion, finely sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 80 g fine green beans, chopped in half
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 50 ml soy sauce
- 100 g frangrant basmati rice
- 120 g tenderstem brocolli
- 1 spring onion, trimmed and sliced
- 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
- 15 g fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- A pinch of black pepper
Heat a large non-stick pan with a some vegetable oil on a medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and cook for 2-3 minutes each side, or until slightly browned. Transfer to a plate.
Add the onion to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, until softened. Once the chicken has softened, reduce the heat to low and add the chicken thighs back in. Add the bay leaves, garlic, soy sauce and 1tbsp of water and cook, covered, for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce has reduced slightly.
Meanwhile, add the basmati rice and 250ml cold water to a pot with a lid and bring to the boil over a high heat. Once boiling, add the tenderstem broccoli and chopped green beans. Reduce the heat to very love and cook, covered, for 10-15 minutes or until all the water has absorbed and the rice is cooked.
Once reduced, add the cider vinegar and chopped ginger to the chicken and cook, covered, for a further 5-6 minutes or until cooked though. Season the chicken with generous grind of black pepper and transfer it to a clean board. Shred the chicken apart with two forks.
Return the chicken to the pan and give everything a good mix up - this is your chicken adobo. Serve the chicken over the rice and vegetable mix and garnish with spring onion and chilli.
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