Chicken Adobo (Iron Fortified with the Lucky Iron Fish)

Chicken adobo with added iron

All my life I have been iron deficient and the symptoms that come with being iron deficient is never fun. Dizziness, always feeling sleepy, cold hands and feet, to just name a few. I have tried taking iron pills but honestly, I am not a huge fan of taking any forms of pills so usually I have a bottle that just sits in my cabinet collecting dust as I forget all about it. And some people can get pretty nasty side effects taking iron supplements too.

I try to eat iron rich foods like spinach and broccoli whenever possible but I just can’t seem to build enough iron in my body.  Many people, especially women are in the same boat as me. A lot of times, we just deal with the symptoms and really live our lives not feeling our greatest. Which quite frankly, sucks that we have to do that!  A little while ago, I heard of an interesting way of getting more iron into your system and it wasn’t a pill, injection or drops. I was intrigued.  Let me introduce to you, the Lucky Iron Fish.

The Lucky Iron Fish is a small cooking tool that infuses your meal with a healthy amount of natural iron to help prevent iron deficiency and anemia. It’s simple to use, and provides a natural source of iron that’s perfect for everyone, especially those with an increased need for iron: athletes, vegetarians, vegans and women. This little fish was created by Canadians about 6 years ago when they had a mission to resolve the iron deficiency in almost 2 million people worldwide.

So you might be wondering, how do I use this lucky little fish? It is actually very easy! You simply put your lucky iron fish into any food or liquid you are cooking for 10 minutes with a few drops of acid (Can be lemon juice, vinegar, tomato sauce). Once the 10 minutes are up, carefully take out the lucky iron fish, wash and dry it to prevent rusting. The Lucky Iron Fish is made out of a type of iron that our body can easily absorb. Research have shown by using this little fish 3 times a week for 3 to 12 months, your circulating and stored iron levels will actually go up.

I bet now you are asking, does it give off a weird taste? The simple answer – not at all! When you first get your Lucky Iron fish, give it a good wash with some hot soapy water and dry it with a paper towel right away. Make sure you dry nook so that it doesn’t rust. If you do get a rust spot, make sure you give it a good scrub before using it again. If you follow the instructions to just cook with the lucky iron fish for 10 minutes with a few drops of acid, you won’t taste anything different in your meals or drinks.

I am loving my Lucky Iron Fish since getting more iron is so simple now, I don’t even think about it! Another great thing is that when you purchase a lucky iron fish for yourself, the company will donate the equivalent cost to their Impact Fund, which is used to distribute fish to communities in need through their non-profit partners.  Getting more iron cannot get any better than this, amirite?

Keep an eye on my Instagram feed since I will be doing a giveaway for your very own Lucky Iron Fish! If you can’t wait, you can buy it through amazon here.

Chicken adobo with added iron

Chicken adobo with added iron

Chicken Adobo with Added Iron

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 TBSP oil
  • 8 pieces chicken thighs (bone in is best for flavour)
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 Inch size ginger grated
  • 1 large white onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Lucky Iron Fish


  • In your hot cast iron pan, add oil and chicken pieces and brown both sides (Set your heat to medium)
  • Remove chicken from pan and add garlic, ginger and onion. Pan fry for 3 minutes and add chicken back into pan
  • Add remaining ingredients into pan (Vinegar, soy sauce, bay leave and pepper)
  • Add lucky iron fish into pan and set timer for 10 minutes
  • After 10 minutes, remove the fish (Carefully with tongs since it will be very hot)
  • Let the sauce simmer with the chicken for an additional 15 minutes with a lid until the sauce thickens up
  • Remove bay leave and serve with rice


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