Slowcooker Chicken Adobo by Diane Sanfilippo

If you have been looking into paleo or been following it for any period of time, then you are going to have heard the name Diane Sanfilippo. If you haven’t then you may know her very popular program The 21 Day Sugar Detox (21DSD) or her award winning book Practical Paleo. Diane is a certified holistic nutrition consultant from the United States and shares her wealth of knowledge on her popular blog and podcast Balanced Bites. She is one of my role models I guess you could say, but I digress.

I have personally done the 21 DSD program twice and love it. Its easy to follow and offers some very delicious and nutritional meals. I found the meals very easy to prepare, while still sharing a different style of cooking with me than I am used too. Many of the dishes became family favourites, but none more than the dish that I am going to share with you today.


This meal alone is enough reason to go and buy the book. No, really! If you are looking for a quick to prepare meal, something you can throw in the slow on a busy bay, a meal thats packed with flavour but uses few ingredients, then please give this recipe a try.

Adobo originates from the Philippines or Spain, I’m not 100% sure, but is apparently popular within the Latin American community. Before trying this recipe I had never heard of it over here in Australia, but everyone should be trying it. Traditionally the sauce of the dish is a blend of spices, garlic and vinegar. I am a lover of garlic. This dish boasts garlic as the main flavour of this dish, though it’s mellow and not overpowering. I would maybe avoid this dish before going out on a date, or alternatively share it with your date, just in case.


*Please Note: I have converted a few measurements from the american versions. I also often use (as photographed) chicken drumsticks instead of the thighs.

 Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo

1 large yellow onion
1 (2 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 head garlic (about 12 cloves), peeled and thinly sliced
2 bay leaves
14.5 ounces full fat coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups), canned or homemade
1/2 cup coconut aminos
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tsp black pepper, plus more for the chicken
2 tbsp cooking fat
3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs (about 1.4kg)
sea salt

Layer the onion, ginger, garlic, and bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix together the coconut milk, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, and pepper.
Heat the cooking fat in a skillet (pan) over high heat.
Season the skin side of the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper and place them skin side down in the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the skin is browned.
Transfer the chicken thighs, skin side up, to the slow cooker and pour the coconut milk mixture over the top.
Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.
For a thicker sauce, remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker, bring the remaining sauce to a boil in the saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook for 20 to 25 minutes to reduce or until desired thickness is achieved.

*If you can’t access coconut aminos, then you can use Tamari. Its still soy based and not technically paleo, but is a better option than your typical soy sauce.



You don’t have to be on a sugar detox to enjoy this. This meal is a family favourite here and is easily prepared using inexpensive ingredients that are most likely staples in your pantry. This meal, if served with cauliflower rice, also just happens to be Whole30 suitable.

The best bit about this recipe is that there is little effort involved. A little prep time and then the slow cooker does the rest. When you have a busy day or a busy night running around, its so nice to come home to this dish prepared and ready to enjoy.

I’d love for you to give it a try and let me know what you think below in the comments. Also, please go and check out Diane’s web site with all her book details and tools. She offers a wealth of knowledge to you for free, with the aid of many printable tools to assist you in starting your journey. If you have been considering a detox or a healthy meal plan then check out her 21 Day Sugar Detox. I have written a few posts about my journey on it, you can find those by using the search box in the menu on the right.

Brooke x

This is not a sponsored post.


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