|Posted by Manila Mail under Evelyn's Kitchen|
By Evelyn S. Bunoan
(With Side Dish: Organic Green Beans, with Adobo Sauce)
There are some variations of cooking adobo, using pork or chicken. Some people prefer chicken adobo for health reasons. The whole chicken, including chicken ribs, wings and other chicken parts can be used, but for formal occasions, chicken breast is always the better choice because it is more enticing to serve. Since chicken breast, especially the filets, cook quickly, the cooking methods have to be a little different from the traditional recipe, otherwise the chicken will be tough to eat. Also, if chicken breast is used, bones, skins, membranes and tendons should be removed for easier slicing and eating.
This immensely versatile recipe can be served in any type of gatherings, casual or formal dinners, depending on how you present this dish. It is always served as a main dish. But for any one who is very creative, chicken adobo can be an elegant and delicious appetizer if cut into small pieces with decorative toothpicks, served with your favorite wine. I always serve dried chicken wings adobo as finger food (with adobo dipping sauce on the side) and I never fail to receive great compliments.
Serves 10 or more
6 pounds chicken tenderloins (breast)
1/2 cup soy sauce
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 or more tablespoons vinegar (depending on personal preference)
4 pieces bay leaves
1 teaspoon black pepper
Chicken stock or water
1/2 cup cornstarch, diluted in 1/2 cup water (slurry)
3 pounds frozen organic green beans
Make the marinade by combining the sauce, salt, garlic, vinegar, bay leaves, black pepper and water. Marinate the chicken for an hour or two.
Serve with garnishing and green beans as side dish. A little sauce can be poured over the chicken and green beans.
Bring enough water with 1 teaspoon salt to a boil and add the frozen green beans. When tender but firm, remove from boiling water and shock the green beans in cold water to retain its green color. Drain.
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Mid-way November is the right time to stop mowing your lawn. If you have bald spots, loosen the soil and throw in some grass seeds. Watch the new grass grow in spring.