Vegetarian "Chicken" Adobo

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Ratings (10)
  • Total: 42 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
387 Calories
21g Fat
12g Carbs
35g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Vegetarian adobo is a Filipino dish that uses a vegetarian chicken alternative marinated in vinegar, pepper, and lemon. It is cooked the same way as chicken adobo (or adobong manok) in the Philippines, where it is often thought of as the national dish.

In this recipe, the meatless "chicken" is marinated, fried in a bit of oil, then simmered in the sauce for a unique taste of the Philippines. It's incredibly easy to make, perfect for busy weeknight meals, and delicious when served over rice. With the recommended product called Chicken Free Chicken, this dish is also suitable for vegan diets.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (300 grams) vegetarian Chicken Free Chicken (torn or cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup water (more or less, as needed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, soy sauce, pepper, and vinegar.

  3. Add the Chicken Free Chicken, coating it well with the marinade. Marinate for 15 minutes.

  4. Reserving the rest of the marinade, transfer the garlic into preheated skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir-fry until brown, being careful not to burn the garlic.

  5. Add the marinade and Chicken Free Chicken.

  6. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Serve over rice and enjoy.

Tips

  • Chicken Free Chicken is a product of Sunfed Meats from New Zealand. It is a vegan alternative to chicken that is made from peas and other natural ingredients. Many vegetarians and vegans enjoy this "meat," saying it is one of the best meatless options available. It also fits with gluten-free and soy-free diets and contains no preservatives and GMOs.

  • Other meatless chicken products can be found from brands like Gardein, Lightlife. and Quorn, among others. The majority of these are available in strips and will stir-fry just as well.

Variations

  • Adobo is often made with a variety of meats beyond chicken, including pork, beef, and fish. Vegetarians can use this same sauce with your favorite meatless products, including tempeh, tofu, or seitan.

  • If you're a fan of garlic, a single clove may not be enough. Feel free to add a few more cloves to this recipe to give the flavor a nice punch.

  • Many classic adobo recipes include a bay leaf as well. If you would like to add one, be sure to remove it from the marinade prior to stir-frying.

  • A variety of other seasonings are often added to individual adobo recipes. These include ginger and onions and you can always add more vegetables to the stir-fry.

  • For the vinegar, you can use standard white vinegar or any other option you have on hand. In the Philippines, coconut or rice vinegars are most common. Each different type of vinegar will give the adobo a different flavor, so experiment to see which you like best.