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Chicken, Mushroom & Leek Adobo

Chicken, Mushroom & Leek Adobo

By: Lee Holmes

Adobo is a popular Filipino dish typically featuring chicken or pork cooked in a tangy, vinegary and savoury sauce. This version highlights the goodness of chicken and one of my favourite veggies — leeks.



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  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 chicken legs, skin on
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2cm knob fresh ginger, grated
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 1 cup apple-cider vinegar
  • 75mL tamari
  • 175mL chicken stock or bone broth
  • 1 long red chilli, seeded & thinly sliced
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Melt the coconut oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over medium–high heat.
  • Season the chicken with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Working in batches, fry the chicken, turning frequently for 6–8 mins or until browned.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1–2 mins, or until lightly golden.
  • Add the mushrooms, leek, bay leaves, whole dried chilli, vinegar, tamari and stock and stir.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover.
  • Cook for 1 hour, or until the chicken is tender.
  • Add the fresh chilli and serve with cauliflower rice.


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Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.

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