Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

The classic Filipino dish – Chicken Adobo – marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns and garlic then cooked in the pressure cooker (instant pot).

The classic Filipino dish - Chicken Adobo - marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns and garlic then cooked in the pressure cooker (instant pot). Easy-peasy deliciousness!

I have lost count with regard to the number of adobo recipes I have! This is the latest and probably the 5th! Well, we love chicken adobo so much that I want to try all the different versions. I have my own classic adobo, our helper’s awesome adobo, Chinese-style adobo, slow cooker adobo and then this — a pressure cooker version. And this time, I am talking mainly about chicken adobo — pork adobo is equally as popular and for me, equally delicious!

The classic Filipino dish - Chicken Adobo - marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns and garlic then cooked in the pressure cooker (instant pot). Easy-peasy deliciousness!

So why an instant pot version? Well, I received an instant pot as my birthday present from my mother in law so I had to make sure I use it a lot. The first recipe I tested here was chicken, It was a Filipino recipe and it worked well and hubby loved it so why not try Chicken Adobo? I thought I’d give it a try and see if it would work. Sometimes, I am just not in the mood to engage in  a very long and slow cooking and for those days I have my instant pot to the rescue!

It’s quite simple really. I marinate the chicken overnight to ensure it absorbs all the flavor. I even bruise or poke the chicken in parts so the marinade is fully incorporated. The next day, I simply brown the chicken which amazingly can be done in the instant pot itself — yay! Pour back the marinade in with the chicken and cook for about 15 minutes! Voila – chicken adobo in less than an hour. If you don’t fancy browning the chicken I suggest using chicken without skin – I brown so it’s not too greasy and for extra flavor but it’s a matter of preference. I suggest using darker meat as that’s what we use for traditional adobo and I think better because it’s more flavorful, but who knows – I may try chicken breasts next time, too! And certainly, don’t forget the rice!!

The classic Filipino dish - Chicken Adobo - marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns and garlic then cooked in the pressure cooker (instant pot). Easy-peasy deliciousness!

Print Friendly and PDF

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

By: Manila Spoon
Published: 04/25/2017

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

The classic Filipino dish – Chicken Adobo – marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns and garlic then cooked in the pressure cooker (instant pot). Easy-peasy deliciousness!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white Vinegar (preferably the Filipino Cane Vinegar like Datu Puti)
  • 1/3 cup Soy Sauce (gluten-free if on that diet)
  • 1-2 teaspoons Oyster Sauce (optional or use wheat-free if doing gluten-free)
  • 1 Whole head Garlic, cloves separated, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole Black Peppercorns
  • 3-4 lbs Chicken pieces like drumsticks and thighs
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar or to taste (optional, leave out if doing low-carb)

Instructions

  1. Make the marinade by combining the vinegar, soy sauce, oyster sauce (if using), garlic and peppercorns in a large bowl or pot. Add the chicken pieces. Bruise or poke the chicken using a metal skewer for better absorption of flavors. Marinate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Set your instant pot to saute. When hot add the oil. Brown the chicken in batches.
  3. Remove the chicken pieces to a plate. Add a little more oil if needed then saute the chopped onion until starting to brown. Pour in the marinade and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove the brown bits. Add the bay leaves and sugar (if you fancy a slightly sweeter adobo but leave out if doing low-carb). You may also add a little water if you want more sauce unless you prefer a dryer adobo. Stir.
  4. Return the chicken pieces to the pan, cover and cook. I use the poultry setting – about 15 minutes. I allow the natural release before opening but you can also do the quick release when the cooking time is over. Serve immediately with rice on the side!

Yield: 6-8 Servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Total time: 45 mins.
Tags: Chicken, Adobo, Filipino, Asian, Food, Gluten-free, Easy Recipe

21 Comments

  1. April 28, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Abigail, I really like the flavors in your dish. The pressure cooker is the perfect cooking vessel to get a super tender cut of meat and get all the flavor in there.

  2. April 28, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    Okay, so I've seen so many awesome looking recipes using an Instant Pot lately. I really need to get one of these soon.And your recipe looks incredible.

  3. April 28, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Wow. such an amazing mix of flavor here. That colors on the chicken looks so pretty! Your recipe sounds so easy. can't wait to try.

  4. April 29, 2017 / 1:19 am

    I hear ya – I also love all versions of chicken adobo that I have tried, and I have tried A LOT! 😉 I have yet to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon but this recipe is making me think I should get one. Amazing that you get such a flavorful looking dish in just 15 minutes! That's awesome!

  5. April 29, 2017 / 4:47 am

    what a comforting dish chicken is always a great option and yours looks tender and flavorful. Need to try the instapot.

  6. April 29, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Wow, this dish is right up my alley! I love the flavors you've put together. I also prefer using the dark meat chicken with skin. So much flavor. I can't believe you made this dish in less than an hour!

  7. April 29, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I've only used my Instant Pot a few times, but it is great. 5 adobo recipes?! I gotta check them all out. This one looks tasty!

  8. April 29, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    I've seen so many great pressure cooker recipes lately this being one of them! Until I get one for myself I'll have to check out your slow cooker version.

  9. April 29, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    This chicken looks moist and delicious. Love the spice profile…heat is always good. Perfect for a busy weeknight, and hopefully some leftovers for lunch (or another dinner).

  10. April 30, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Love the adobo sauce and I have been looking forward to trying one at home. I might use the vegetarian oyster sauce or skip it and try the sauce. Instant pot is sitting in my kitchen and it still intimidates me. I have to get over that and start using it more.

  11. May 1, 2017 / 12:43 am

    Look at that juicy chicken pieces dunked in that flavorful sauce!! I love Chicken Adobo but never tried making them at home. Your recipe looks really easy and I'm saving for trying soon 🙂

  12. May 1, 2017 / 3:48 am

    Yum, this sounds amazing! Love that it is made in the instant pot – those things are magical 🙂

  13. May 1, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I want an instant pot! Especially after seeing this post! Man this looks delicious!

  14. May 1, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Absolutely delicious. The meat looks so tender and flavorful. Love the sauces you used here – soy and oyster sauce combo gives most amazing flavor. Lovely recipe Abby. Mouthwatering pictures 🙂

  15. May 1, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Instant pot chicken adobo looks delicious so juicy and tender with great sauce. I need to give it try looks perfect meal with a bowl of rice.

  16. May 1, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    We love anything adobo! In fact we make our own adobo sauce and the chicken looks wonderful. I will certainly try your recipe. Unfortunately we don't have an Insta-pot but I figure I can make it in my Dutch oven. Can't wait to make it.

  17. May 1, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Now a days I am addicted for instant pot you has come out well. Sauce looks flavourful I will tryingvusing it with some veggies

  18. May 2, 2017 / 1:34 am

    I so need to use my instant pot more, especially as summer heats up in Phoenix! Slow cooking meals takes too long, but this… this could be a winner!

  19. Anonymous
    July 11, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Any substitute for the oyster sauce if allergic to fish and seafood?

    • July 24, 2017 / 2:27 am

      There is a vegetarian version of this made from mushrooms so you may want to google that.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *