Healthy Chicken Adobo with Quinoa

Healthy Chicken AdoboWhenever I see that chicken’s on sale, I immediately think Chicken Adobo! This week at Smart & Final‘s Smart Savings, the family pack of Foster Farms fresh bone-in chicken breasts at $ .99/pound is just perfect for this easy chicken recipe.

Chicken Adobo, which we call “Pootie Chicken” (long story) was one of the first dishes my husband cooked for me. Not only is it easy and inexpensive to make, but it’s healthy, too, as long as you do a few things:

  • remove the chicken skin
  • use a low sodium soy sauce
  • serve with steamed veggies like summer squash or broccoli and quinoa instead of white rice

Healthy Chicken Adobo with Quinoa


  • 3 to 4 Foster Farms fresh bone-in chicken breasts (one per person – those with smaller appetites can split a breast)
  • 2 to 3 small onions, chopped
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

Sides ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • water to cook quinoa per package directions
  • 1 bag frozen vegetables


  1. Remove chicken skins from the breasts. Put them in a freezer bag and save them for the next time you make homemade chicken broth.
  2. Place chicken, chopped onions, and garlic in a medium to large cooking pot. (I used my 3.5 quart  Le Creuset French Oven.)
  3. Add soy sauce, vinegar and water. The liquids should cover the chicken. If not, add a little more water.
  4. Bring to a boil on high heat. Cover and lower temperature. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. While chicken is cooking, prepare frozen vegetables and quinoa.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Weight Watchers POINTS

  • 1 ounce of chicken breast = 1 POINT
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa = 4 POINTS
  • vegetables are “free”

A healthy meal would be 6 ounces of Chicken Adobo, plus 1/2 cup of quinoa, plus 1 cup (or more) or steamed vegetables – 8 Weight Watchers POINTS.

3 thoughts on “Healthy Chicken Adobo with Quinoa

  1. Carol

    I love chicken adobo. However I normally don’t put onions on it, just garlic that would do. Try adding a pinch of pepper too if you like.

  2. Quinoa Diet

    I really like your recipe. I’m a big quinoa fan so for me any quinoa recipe is a big hit.
    I’m pretty sure this dish tastes great.
    I shared it on my posterous site:) I hope you don’t mind.


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