Adobo Loco Moco with shredded chicken adobo on a bed of brown rice with a sunnyside up egg, tomatoes, onions, on a banana leaf.

Adobo Loco Moco Inspired By My AncestryDNA Results

Adobo Loco Moco marries the Hawaiian plate-lunch with the classic Filipino Chicken Adobo, and is the perfect savory dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner! This post is sponsored by AncestryDNA.

Adobo Loco Moco with shredded chicken adobo on a bed of brown rice with a sunnyside up egg, tomatoes, onions, on a banana leaf.
Adobo Loco Moco Inspired By My AncestryDNA Results

Loco Moco is a traditional Hawaiian dish, a humble version of the plate-lunch. This Adobo Loco Moco marries the rice plate with the classic Filipino Chicken Adobo, and is the perfect savory food for breakfast, lunch or dinner! This post is sponsored by AncestryDNA.

Adobo Chicken Loco Moco on a banana leaf with tomato onion relish.

One of the reasons I started this blog was to preserve my family’s stories, to share our food and the history behind them, whether it was deeply rooted in our family history, or simply inspired by the experiences we share. In essence, it started for my children, so that one day, they can look back and cook from their childhood, and pass it on to their own kids one day.

But I also love how it has evolved, and how I have connected with so many of you. Knowing that the food we share here has become part of your family weeknights, or special celebrations, or even your holidays — that is quite an honor for me!

I’ve always thought I knew my family history — both my parents came from the Philippines, and the food I share here reflects those flavors and the influences of my being born and raised here in the U.S. But I’ve always wondered about the stories my mom and dad shared, particularly when it came to the question of heritage.

And about a month ago, my son and I were chatting about this when he brought up AncestryDNA.

“Wouldn’t it be cool if you got to do one of those kits, mom?”

AncestryDNA kit on wooden table.

Well, it was as if fate heard us. About a week later, AncestryDNA reached out to me to see if I would be interested in learning more about my DNA story and to see how the results might inspire my cooking!

Needless to say, I was so excited to partner with them, and I can’t wait to share what I learned with you!

Shredded Chicken Adobo for Adobo Loco Moco

What I Expected

While both my parents are from the Philippines, my mom’s side of the family has often traced back and talked openly about the family’s Portuguese and Spanish roots. Given the colonial history of the Philippines, this made sense, and my aunts often talk about my great-great grandfather’s Portuguese lineage. So I fully expected to see that in my DNA story, but I also thought I might see some Chinese DNA, because I thought I heard a rumor that there might be Chinese heritage on my dad’s side of the family.

Doing the kit was super easy, and you may have seen me share this process on Instagram stories. All it took was a quick saliva sample and I sent it off for processing!

My DNA Story

So, are you ready for my BIG reveal? Drumroll please….

I have to admit, what a surprise! While not earth-shattering, I fully expected the percentage of Asia East to be higher, perhaps closer to 98%.

But what took me by surprise was the 26% Polynesia result. At the same time, it’s not too much of a surprise, given how The Polynesian Triangle neighbors the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean, its three points being Hawaii, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), and New Zealand. I suppose I just never considered it or have heard any family stories relating to Polynesia, so to see a quarter of my DNA identified as Polynesian was quite unexpected!

How My DNA Story Inspired My Cooking

Learning about my Polynesian heritage made me chuckle, because any time we’re in Hawaii, my husband would tease that I’m one of the locals and that I should help out lost tourists. I do look the part, but I also joke back that that’s because there’s a huge Filipino population in Hawaii, so of course, I fit right in! But, now, maybe there’s truth to all that joking!

I knew instantly that I had to mash up my Filipino and Polynesian roots in a dish that marries the two together! And what better dish than making a form of my beloved chicken adobo into a dish I fell in love with during my travels, the loco moco!

Adobo Loco Moco on a rice.

Adobo Loco Moco

If you haven’t had a loco moco, it is a Hawaiian dish, a humble version of the plate-lunch. A basic loco moco has a hamburger patty on a bed of rice, and is topped with a mushroom gravy, perhaps some onions, and the crowning jewel, an egg. These days, there are so many variations of loco mocos, adopting the many flavors that make up the melting pot of Hawaii and Polynesia. I’ve even had quite refined short rib loco mocos, which I have shared with you before.

Shredded chicken adobo loco moco with egg and rice.

But to honor both parts of my heritage, I knew an adobo loco moco would be the perfect dish to represent me. Shredded chicken adobo on a bed of brown rice, in a garlicky sauce that I thicken to a gravy, is already quite comforting, but add a sunny-side up egg, and it’s bliss. To complete the dish, I made a traditional onion and tomato relish that is often served as a side dish in the Philippines to add brightness and zing to heavy dishes. It’s me on a plate, and between you and me, it’s one of the best things I have ever made!

Adobo Loco Moco with tomato onion salad.

What About Your DNA Story?

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Adobo Loco Moco

Loco Moco is a traditional Hawaiian dish, a humble version of the plate-lunch. This Adobo Loco Moco marries the rice plate with the classic Filipino Chicken Adobo, and is the perfect savory food for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Adobo Loco Moco with shredded chicken adobo on a bed of brown rice with a sunnyside up egg, tomatoes, onions, on a banana leaf.
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5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup good quality soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 8 cloves garlic minced or finely mashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 chicken thighs skinless boneless
  • 2 chicken breasts skinless boneless
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 Cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/3 Cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • Brown rice for serving


  • In a glass bowl, mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, pepper and bay leaves. Add the chicken and coat on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or overnight.
  • While the chicken marinates, make the tomato and onion relish. Place the tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, cilantro, and salt in a small glass bowl. Stir to combine and set aside to chill in the refrigerator.
  • Place the chicken, marinade, bay leaves and chili (if using) in a deep sided sauté pan and place over medium heat.
  • When the sauce begins to bubble, turn the chicken and cook until the meat is nearly cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the sauce to a bowl, add oil to the pan, and brown the chicken on all sides.
  • Return the sauce to the pan, bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and the sauce a thick and deep color.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks. If you lose track of time and/or find that the sauce has reduced too much, add a touch of water to the sauce.
  • Mix the cornstarch with water in a small bowl until it is smooth with no lumps and whisk into the pan. The sauce will thicken a bit. Remove pan from the heat.
  • Heat remaining oil in a nonstick pan over low heat. Crack the eggs gently, leaving spaces between the eggs. Cook for about four minutes or until the egg whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired doneness.
  • To serve, place the shredded chicken adobo and some of the sauce over a bed of rice, and top with an egg and the tomato onion relish. Serve immediately.
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  1. Patricia Moore

    5 stars
    I think what you’ve done here is absolutely beautiful. I simply can’t wait to try it. Growing up, my Nanay made her tomato relish with bagoong alamong. I added cilantro and it woke up the flavors in the adobo. Your story is inspiring and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Liren Baker

      Thank you so much, Patricia, for such a lovely comment, and for sharing your memory of your Nana’s relish. I love bagoong so much!

  2. Art from my Table

    What a fun idea to come up with a recipe that matches your ancestry! I’ve always thought it would be interesting to see where I actually come from!

    • Liren Baker

      Thank you, Lindsay! I encourage you to try it out and learn about your own DNA story – it’s fascinating!

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  4. Linda

    5 stars
    I’m always curious to learn about my family tree and DNA and this might be a good chance to take an advantage of summer sale. And this adobo loco moco sounds so comforting!

  5. Kim Beaulieu

    This recipe looks absolutely incredible. My Dad was super into genealogy. He would have loved to try one of these kits.

    • Liren Baker

      I love that your dad was into genealogy, Kim – I wish my parents had been, too! He would have loved trying the kit, I’m sure.

  6. Julia

    I love learning more about my roots and ethnicity-this would be a great way to learn even more. This dish looks like the perfect marriage of your two cultures and I bet it tastes amazing!

    • Liren Baker

      Thanks, Julia! If anything, it has made me even more intrigued, if possible, about learning more about my roots.

  7. Jean | Lemons + Anchovies

    Interesting results, indeed! I’ll order my kit this week and I might make my whole family take the test, too. It would be interesting to see how much the genetic distribution varies among siblings. I’ve always thought each of my sisters took after one side of the family more than the other while I was split down the middle.

    And confession: All these years, I’ve never had a loco moco (or any other plate lunch)–not because I’ve never wanted one but more to eat swimsuit friendly options–but I’d love a plate of your adobo loco moco! We popped in to the Honolua Store a couple of days ago and of course, they had their usual plate lunch offerings alongside that day’s special: Filipino adobo. Perfect!

    • Liren Baker

      I can’t wait to hear how your and your family’s results turn out — I want my siblings and cousins to take the test, too, on both sides of my family. I want to narrow down where this Polynesian heritage comes from! And I have to chuckle about your story with not having loco moco — I just tuck in and wrap up in a sarong, haha! I love that you can find adobo now at the Honolua Store!

  8. Tim

    5 stars
    Wonderful stories and delicious food go hand in hand. We love making Adoboloco Moco!

  9. Aysegul Sanford

    5 stars
    I have always wanted to try one of those tests, but then felt like what if something weird comes up?! I am so glad you did though.. I also love the fact that there is a little bit of Native American in you :)
    And this Adobo Loco Moco looks so yummy. It makes me want to take a trip to the islands. Beautifully captured as always.

    • Liren Baker

      Haha, well, even if something strange popped up, I wanted to know! LOL. I have to say, I was really surprised with the Polynesian finding – and now I want my whole family to do theirs! And yes, I loved seeing ALL the other results, too!
      After cooking this, I admit, I’m ready for a trip to the islands again, too! xo

  10. Sarah Jane Jennings

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it!

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