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Chicken Adobo
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4.86 from 7 votes

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo Recipe

This Chicken Adobo has so much flavor and is incredibly easy to make in the Instant Pot
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Pressure Build & Release Time15 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 557kcal
Author: Laura


  • 4 chicken thighs with or without skin/bones
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup Filipino cane sugar vinegar or white vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar optional


  • Combine the garlic, soy sauce, and peppercorns in a non-reactive bowl or large freezer bag. Add the chicken pieces. Marinate for 3 hours or up to one day. Note: This step is optional. If you don't have the time, you can combine the marinade and add directly to the Instant Pot.
  • When ready to cook, add the marinade plus the vinegar and bay leaves to the Instant Pot. Nestle the chicken thighs into the pan. Bring the liquid to a boil on Saute mode, then turn off the machine and set it to Pressure Cook for 8 minutes.
  • After the cook time is over, allow the machine to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes, then finish with a quick manual release. Remove the chicken from the pot.
  • Press the Saute setting again and return the sauce to a boil. Add the sugar and stir to combine. While occasionally turning and basting the chicken, continue boiling the sauce, uncovered, until it is reduced by half and slightly thickened, 5–7 minutes.
  • Serve with steamed white rice.


If you don't have time to reduce the sauce, you can add a cornstarch slurry to the sauce to thicken it quickly.
If using skin-on chicken thighs, you can sear the skin side of the chicken before nestling into the sauce in the pot to add flavor and texture.
Serve the chicken in whole pieces, or cut into small pieces to incorporate the sauce.


Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 3416mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg