Instant Pot Chicken Adobo Recipe

This Instant Pot chicken adobo recipe is amazing! Make an authentic Filipino chicken adobo right in your Instant Pot! So quick and easy and full of flavor!

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo Recipe

Make authentic Filipino Chicken Adobo in your Instant Pot – so delicious! This Instant Pot Chicken Adobo is so full of flavor and cooks in 15 minutes!

Filipino Chicken Adobo is a great recipe to cook in the Instant Pot!  Instant Pot allows you to brown the chicken in the same pot and also cooks the chicken in 15 minutes instead of 40!

No Instant Pot? No problem! You can make chicken Adobo in a crockpot or on the stove with my classic chicken Adobo stovetop and slow cooker recipes!

A classic Filipino Chicken Adobo recipe calls for marinating the meat, then browning it before cooking in a marinade.  If you are short on time or like to keep things simple, you can skip the marinating and/or browning!  You can make this into a “dump dinner” by simply dumping the chicken, garlic, bay leaves, soy sauce, vinegar and water into the Instant Pot and pressure cooking it for 15 minutes!  Dinner is ready!

The best cut of chicken for making chicken Adobo is the chicken thighs or chicken legs.  You can use bone-in or boneless.  Or you can use the whole cut-up chicken!

I usually use boneless skinless chicken thighs as I usually have them on hand.  They are so tasty, tender and juicy!

On the picture above, Chicken Adobo is served alongside mushroom rice.  If you’d like the recipe for this rice, check out my easy mushroom rice.  Chicken Adobo goes really well with rice in general! Did you know you can cook perfect rice in your Instant Pot?  Check out my Instant Pot White Rice and Instant Pot Brown Rice recipes.


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 1 head garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil

Marinate the chicken

  1. Mix the vinegar, water, soy sauce and pepper in a cup to make Adobo marinade.
  2. Put the chicken in a bowl and pour Adobo marinade over it. Add garlic cloves and bay leaves to the bowl. Marinate the chicken in refrigerator overnight (or for 20 minutes on the counter).
  3. Brown the chicken (optional)
  4. Put the Instant Pot on a Saute setting. Add the oil in the Instant Pot. Take the chicken pieces out of the sauce and saute right in the Instant Pot in batches until the chicken is just browned (2 minutes per side).

Cook the chicken

  1. Add browned chicken, Adobo sauce, garlic and bay leaves to the Instant Pot. Close the lid and turn the valve to Sealing position.
  2. Press the "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" button and set the time for 15 minutes on High Pressure. When it's done cooking, do the Quick Release (QR) of the steam.
  3. Reduce the sauce (optional)
  4. Remove the chicken from the pot and switch the Instant Pot to a Saute mode. Cook the Adobo sauce for 5 minutes, or until it's thickened and reduced to a desired consistency. Spoon some sauce over the chicken.

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