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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!
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 265 kcal



  • 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


  • Season chicken drumsticks liberally with salt and pepper.
  • With the saute feature on, heat oil and cook chicken pieces, in batches if necessary, until browned on all sides.
  • If you cooked the chicken in batches, return all chicken to the pot. Add in remaining ingredients. Put lid on the pot and seal.
  • Cook on high pressure for 9 minutes. Do a manual release.
  • With the lid off, simmer for 10 - 15 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly.
  • Remove bay leaves. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and top with sauce. Serve with rice.


Nutrition facts are for estimation purposes only.


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 11.7gProtein: 35.3gFat: 7.6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1895mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 1.8g
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Keywords: chicken, filipino adobo, instant pot