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Adobo Chicken Liver

The Filipino Recipe for Chicken Liver Adobo

  • Author: Magida
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: cooking
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Learn how to make a delicious and hearty chicken liver adobo with this easy recipe. This dish is made with chicken livers, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and bay leaves. It’s the perfect comfort food any day.


  • 1 kilo chicken liver, cleaned and washed
  • 1/2 cup palm vinegar
  • 1 head of garlic, minced and divided
  • 1 medium onion (optional)
  • 1 tbsp black pepper corns
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp patis (fish sauce) – optional
  • 34 bay leaves (optional)
  • 12 green chilis (optional)
  • green onions (toppings)
  • crunchy garlic bits or slices (toppings)


  • Dry chicken liver with paper towels to help ensure that the dish does not end up watery.
  • Put the livers in a pot. Add half a cup of vinegar, a tablespoon of whole pepper, and minced garlic and simmer slowly over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the livers are half-cooked. Set aside.
  • Heat cooking oil in a separate pan. Add the remaining garlic and stir for no more than a minute or when the tiny garlic pieces are limped.
  • Add onions, if using, and stir until the onions become translucent.
  • Scoop the chicken liver from the pot, then add to the sauteed garlic and onions, and stir repeatedly until the livers are seared. Stir and cook until all the juices are gone. Add soy sauce and stir again.
  • Add bay leaves and chilis – if using – and stir twice.
  • Season with salt and ground black pepper. Use salt sparingly, you might find that the soy sauce and vinegar combination has given the dish enough salt.
  • Add two tablespoons of the juice from pre-boiling the chicken liver. Alternatively, ditch that juice, and add two tablespoons of vinegar and a tablespoon of fish sauce to the pot. Do not stir until it boils. Maintain on medium heat.
  • Add sugar and stir once. Simmer over medium-low heat until most of the juices evaporate, about five minutes.
  • Serve with crunchy garlic slices or sliced green onions as toppings. Best served over steamed rice or alongside egg-fried rice and enjoy this appetizing dish.

Keywords: chicken liver adobo, adobong atay ng manok