Adobo-style Chicken

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  • 8 whole chicken legs, cut into drumstick and thigh sections
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup tamari
  • 3 tablespoons high-heat oil


In a large saucepan, combine chicken, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns and water. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add tamari and simmer the mixture, covered, for 20 minutes.

Use tongs to transfer chicken to a plate. Pat chicken dry and set aside. Boil the remaining liquid for 10 minutes, or until it is reduced to about 1 cup. Remove bay leaves, skim fat from the surface and let the sauce cool.

In a large skillet, heat oil over high heat until it is hot, but not smoking. Sauté chicken in batches, turning regularly, for 5 minutes, or until it is evenly browned. Transfer chicken to a serving platter. Pour the heated sauce over and serve.

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