Instant Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo
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Instant Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo

This Instant Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo is fast and delicious! A fantastic family dinner recipe from our family to yours. 
Course dinner
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword adobo, chicken, Filipino food, instant pot
Servings 4 people
Author Marlynn Schotland, Urban Bliss Life


  • 5 pieces chicken - (I use a mix of skinless, bonless chicken thighs AND skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp ground paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly


  • Season the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and paprika evenly on both sides.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE, on high. Add oil, and allow the oil to heat for about a minute. 
  • Working in batches, add chicken to the Instant Pot and saute until brown on both sides. This takes about 6-8 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken pieces. 
  • Once all chicken pieces are browned evenly on both sides, add the soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, chicken stock or broth, garlic, bay leaves, onions, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir ingredients together. 
  • Follow the manufacturer instructions for properly placing the pressure cooker lid on and setting it to seal. Set to PRESSURE COOK (or MANUAL, depending on your IP) on high for 9 minutes. After the pressure builds, the IP count down from 9 minutes. At the end, when it beeps, carefully use tongs or a thick kitchen towel to turn to Quick Release. Once the float valve is completely down and all steam has been released (mine takes about 2-3 minutes for quick release; your time may vary), carefully unlock and open lid. 
  • Press the SAUTE setting and bring the remaining sauce to a boil, then allow it to reduce until it turns a nice dark brown color. This takes about 15 minutes. 
  • Once the sauce is reduced to your liking, remove bay leaf and hit CANCEL. Transfer chicken to a serving plate and garnish with scallions. Serve inmediately.  


I make this in my 8-quart Instant Pot Duo, but you could also make this in a 6-quart pressure cookerDo not attempt to make this in a 3-quart pressure cooker.