Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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 chicken thighs would be a great combination as well. Just make sure you use bone-in chicken thighs.

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. 

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.

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. 

Want to try other filipino adobo variations? Slow cooker pork adobo is a favorite too!

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. 

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5(1)

Ingredients:

  • 10 chicken drumsticks
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or other higher heat oil such as canola)
  • 1/2 yellow onion sliced
  • 10 - 12 garlic gloves peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar (apple cider vinegar is also a good alternative)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

Instructions

1

Season chicken drumsticks liberally with salt and pepper.

2

With the saute feature on, heat oil and cook chicken pieces, in batches if necessary, until browned on all sides.

3

If you cooked the chicken in batches, return all chicken to the pot. Add in remaining ingredients. Put lid on the pot and seal.

4

Cook on high pressure for 9 minutes. Do a manual release.

5

With the lid off, simmer for 10 - 15 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly.

6

Remove bay leaves. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and top with sauce. Serve with rice.

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  • Reply
    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity
    March 18, 2018 at 8:59 am

    This looks really tasty! A great addition to our dinner rotation!

  • Reply
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling
    March 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    This looks so inviting….I want to sit down at your table and enjoy it with you!

  • Reply
    Jen
    March 15, 2018 at 5:50 am

    The flavors sound amazing! I love garlic!!

  • Reply
    Sabrina
    March 15, 2018 at 5:48 am

    This really couldn’t get any easier! Love it!

  • Reply
    Delaney | Melanie Makes
    March 14, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    This is a wonderful dinner!

  • Reply
    jessica | novice chef
    March 14, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I love everything about this! Cannot wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    March 14, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    That looks so yummy and flavorful!