Instant Pot Chicken Adobo is a savory chicken dish with soy sauce, vinegar, peppercorn, garlic and bay leaves. A classic Filipino dish made easy in the Instant Pot.
I have been loving my Instant Pot lately. I’ve made Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese, artichokes and herb potatoes. And not to mention all the hard boiled eggs. And I thought it was high time I try some filipino instant pot dishes.
Thanks to my Filipino heritage, chicken adobo has always been a staple around these parts. If you are unfamiliar with Filipino Chicken Adobo, it is chicken simmered in a savory sauce of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, pepper and bay leaves. Traditionally, adobo takes at least an hour to make and, don’t get me wrong, it’s totally worth every minute. But for those nights when you have a little less time Instant Pot Chicken Adobo can be done faster and is every bit as delicious.
And can we just talk about all the garlic for a second. Because seriously, it is my favorite part. Because garlic.
Despite trying many different dishes in the Instant Pot, I have been a little hesitant to try chicken. I was hesitant because, to be totally honest, I am not a huge fan of chicken in the slow cooker. It always seems to be a bit dry. I thought the instant pot would produce the same results. But guys, it does not. Not at all. The chicken in this Instant Pot Chicken adobo is super succulent.
Step 1: To make Filipino Chicken Adobo in the instant pot, start by seasoning both sides of the meat liberally with salt and pepper.
Step 2: Brown the chicken on all sides. You will likely need to do this in batches so that you don’t over crowd the bottom of the pot.
Step 3: Place all the chicken and remaining ingredients in the instant pot and seal.
Step 4: Cook 9 minutes, do a natural release and then simmer for 15 minutes until the sauce thickens just a bit.
DES’ TIP: One of the reasons that the chicken stays so succulent is that I chose to use chicken drumsticks in this recipe. I chose to use chicken drumsticks instead of chicken breasts because they are often more tender and do not dry out as quickly. A mix of chicken drumsticks and bone-in chicken thighs would be a great combination as well.
If you are wondering what to serve with chicken adobo, I always serve chicken adobo over jasmine rice with some roasted vegetables on the side.
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Note: This post was originally written in 2018. It was updated with step by step photos, nutrition facts and a video in 2021.
MarinaMarch 22, 2023 at 8:21 pm
Delicious and easy? Loving it
ToshikoJune 24, 2022 at 9:45 am
This has been my favorite dish since childhood and I am missing home today. I just wanted to tell you that you brought back some very happy memories, this is DELICIOUS! When I opened up the Instant Pot and the smell hit me, I knew this would be really tasty. Not only was it tasty but it also didn’t take long to make. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.
DesereeJune 25, 2022 at 9:06 am
What a nice compliment, Toshiko!! One of the reasons I love food so much is the memories that surround it. I am so happy to hear that this recipe brought back memories for you, Thank you for sharing!!
AlmaJune 21, 2022 at 5:05 pm
1cup vinegar is too much w only 1 cup soy sauce
DesereeJune 23, 2022 at 2:24 pm
first its 1/2 cup each. I like to do the even amount, especially in the instant pot because using more soy sauce can cause it to be overly salty.
Cathy tryingMay 16, 2022 at 3:28 pm
Disappointed. Maybe I didn’t know what to expect but i nearly choked when i tasted this. Waaaaaay too vinegary.
DesereeMay 16, 2022 at 9:16 pm
Sorry to hear that Cathy! Have you had chicken adobo before? It does tend to have a pretty sour, vinegar taste. You can try adding a bit of brown sugar to cut it if you try it again.
Susie L.March 20, 2022 at 9:48 am
This recipe never fails! It’s always perfect and saves SO much time. So much flavor without having to marinate. Thank you!!!!!
DesereeMarch 20, 2022 at 9:07 pm
Susie, I am so happy to hear that! You’re welcome and thank you for taking the time to leave a review!
AlzieDecember 3, 2021 at 2:43 pm
How do I change the recipe for frozen chicken
DesereeDecember 6, 2021 at 11:15 am
Hi Alzie! I am not sure that you can use frozen chicken for this because you need to brown it first. Sorry!
Jackie GaarderOctober 15, 2021 at 10:30 am
Can’t wait to make it
DesereeOctober 15, 2021 at 4:01 pm
Hope you enjoy it!
Dale ShillingsApril 5, 2021 at 5:27 pm
I am confused. There is no adobo chilies or adobo sauce in the recipe?
DesereeApril 6, 2021 at 9:22 am
Hi Dale! This is Filipino Chicken Adobo which doesn’t have either :)
Catherine LeeMarch 26, 2021 at 11:03 am
I love chicken adobo, my Phillipines step mother taught me to make it and now I’m so happy to find a pressure cooker version! Thank you!
DesereeMarch 26, 2021 at 9:37 pm
Susie QFebruary 24, 2021 at 12:51 pm
I made this a couple of times, and it was a huge success both times—even my picky kids ate it up! This will become a regular on our menu rotation. Thanks for sharing!
DesereeFebruary 28, 2021 at 7:49 pm
So happy to hear that! It is definitely one of our favorites too!
Susie QJanuary 6, 2021 at 5:46 pm
I made this tonight — and even my pickiest kid ate up his chicken leg! As a result, we actually had no leftovers, which is a rarity in our home. We will definitely do this again — thank you so much for sharing!
DesereeJanuary 6, 2021 at 10:12 pm
Susie, yay!! You are so welcome! My kiddos love this too, it’s a family favorite around here :)
Michelle N.December 4, 2020 at 11:06 pm
This recipe is the epitome of instant yumminess! Not only does it look delicious, but it is scrumptious. Super easy and quick to prep and cook. I made 10 chicken thighs for 6 people and it wasn’t enough. Definitely a family favorite!
DesereeDecember 6, 2020 at 9:21 pm
I am so happy to hear that, Michelle! So glad you enjoy it!
Irma brennanFebruary 21, 2020 at 8:11 am
Can this dish. Be made on stove top??
DesereeFebruary 21, 2020 at 4:10 pm
Yes, Irma! You certainly can. To do that simply brown the chicken in a large pot on the stove like you do in this recipe. Then add the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. It should be falling off the bone. I’ve made it many many times on the stove top! :)
Dorothy ReinholdFebruary 11, 2020 at 5:51 pm
This is exactly the type of dish that makes me love my Instant Pot! Dinner tomorrow will be a snap!
Sara WelchFebruary 11, 2020 at 1:03 pm
Another great recipe for my Instant Pot! Definitely adding this to my dinner line up for the week!
Katerina @ diethood .comFebruary 11, 2020 at 1:11 am
This sounds incredibly delicious! So many amazing flavors! YUM!
Erin | Dinners,Dishes and DessertFebruary 11, 2020 at 12:26 am
This Instant Pot Chicken Adobo is couldn’t look any more perfect!
KimberlyFebruary 10, 2020 at 7:05 pm
This looks so good, I’m looking forward to trying it!
Carrie RobinsonFebruary 10, 2020 at 4:39 pm
How have I not bought an instant pot yet?? This looks amazing! :)
Sandra | A Dash of SanityMarch 18, 2018 at 8:59 am
This looks really tasty! A great addition to our dinner rotation!
Cathy @ Lemon Tree DwellingMarch 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm
This looks so inviting….I want to sit down at your table and enjoy it with you!
JenMarch 15, 2018 at 5:50 am
The flavors sound amazing! I love garlic!!
SabrinaMarch 15, 2018 at 5:48 am
This really couldn’t get any easier! Love it!
Delaney | Melanie MakesMarch 14, 2018 at 8:53 pm
This is a wonderful dinner!
jessica | novice chefMarch 14, 2018 at 5:56 pm
I love everything about this! Cannot wait to try it!
Kimberly @ The Daring GourmetMarch 14, 2018 at 5:43 pm
That looks so yummy and flavorful!