Gluten Free Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo is a traditional Philippine dish made with pantry staples.  Vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves are used to create a marinade.  The chicken is marinated, then simmered in the same marinade on the stove top until the meat is cooked through.

Is Chicken Adobo gluten free?

The only gluten containing ingredient in a traditional Adobo marinade is the soy sauce.  By replacing it with either Tamari or Coconut Aminos, the dish is completely gluten free.

4 Servings (can be doubled)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and skins removed
  • 1/2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 pcs. chicken legs or thighs (about 1 lb.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar

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Preparation:

Whisk together the first 6 ingredients, vinegar through bay leaves.  Add the chicken, cover and marinate 1 hour at room temperature, turning every 15 minutes.

Add olive oil to a deep skillet or Sauteuse pan over medium heat.  Brown the chicken on all sides.

Stir in the water and reserved marinade.  Cover and simmer on lowest heat, 60-90 minutes depending on size, turning every 20 minutes.  When done, the chicken should easily pull away from the bone.

Take the lid off during the last 10 minutes of cooking to thicken the sauce.  Serve with rice.

Notes ♪♫ There are so many variations of this classic dish.  I used red wine vinegar, but many recipes say to use white vinegar.  It’s just a matter of taste.  I used Coconut Aminos, because it is much lower in sodium than Tamari.  If you are not limiting salt, then gluten free Tamari is a great substitute for soy sauce in gluten free recipes.

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Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry

I love stir fry meals for busy weeknights!  When you get home from a long day at work, you don’t want to spend a lot of time making dinner.  This is one of my favorite Asian inspired recipes that is on the table in 30 minutes.  I used frozen veggies to make the prep even faster!  Use petite sirloin when possible and slice it yourself.  It will be far more tender and flavorful than the cuts usually sold as stir fry beef.

3-4 Servings

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb. petite sirloin cut into thin strips
  • 4 oz. gluten free Pad Thai rice noodles
  • 1 lb. bag frozen Asian stir fry vegetables
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 baby Bok choy, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Mirin (rice wine)
  • 2 tbsp.  gluten free soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup gluten free chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • olive oil
  • toasted sesame oil
  • additional gluten free soy sauce, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • scallions, for finishing (optional)
  • toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Preparation:

Toast sesame seeds in a small saucepan and set aside.

Whisk together the Mirin, soy sauce, chicken broth, garlic powder, ginger powder and cornstarch.  Set aside.  Boil water for the noodles and salt well.

Chop the Bok choy, separating the bulb from the leaves.

Heat a large skillet and add a little olive oil with 1 tsp. sesame oil.  Quickly brown the beef on the outside (don’t cook through), transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with gluten free soy sauce.

Wipe the skillet clean, and begin cooking the onion in olive oil, with a tsp. of sesame oil.  Add the bulb (bottom section) of the Bok choy, reserving the leaves.

Next add the frozen veggies, garlic and Bok choy leaves.  Season with ground pepper and a few more shakes of soy sauce.  Cover and cook 3 minutes.

Cook the noodles for 3 minutes and drain.  To finish, add the beef back to the skillet, and toss for 30 seconds to finish cooking.

Add the noodles and pour the sauce over everything, then use 2 spatulas to turn and coat evenly with the mixture.  Toss continuously for about 1 minute or until the sauce thickens.

Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with scallions and/or sesame seeds.

This dinner is a real family favorite.  People are always surprised at how easy it comes together and the frozen veggies are a real time saver.

Notes ♪♫ Always check that your soy sauce, chicken broth, seasonings and noodles are gluten free.

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