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Saucy Filipino Chicken Adobo over steamed white rice
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Filipino Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

Enjoy the best Instant Pot Chicken Adobo recipe at home! This savory, tangy and slightly sweet Filipino Adobo chicken recipe is made with simple pantry ingredients, quickly and easily in your pressure cooker.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Instant Pot Chicken Adobo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 410kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 bone-in and skin-on chicken legs or chicken thighs, or a combination or both
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • White rice for serving optional

Instructions

  • Marinate: In a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, white vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and black pepper. Place the chicken in the mixture and marinate for 30 minutes or up to 6 hours in the refrigerator.
    1/3 cup soy sauce, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 5 cloves garlic, 2 bay leaves, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Sear the Chicken: Turn the Instant pot to sauté. When the display reads hot, add the oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Remove half the chicken pieces from the marinade and place them inside the pot. Cook for a few minutes on each side before transferring them to a plate. Repeat for the remaining chicken. Turn off sauté mode.
    8 bone-in and skin-on chicken legs or chicken thighs, or a combination or both
  • Pressure Cook: Pour the marinade and the broth into the instant pot. Stir and scrape any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the onions and return the chicken to the pressure cooker. Try to keep the chicken in one layer snugly. Close the lid and seal the pot. Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. When the cooking is done, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Open the valve and release any remaining pressure. Carefully unseal and open the lid.
    1 yellow onion, ¼ cup chicken stock
  • Sauté/Reduce the Sauce: Turn the Instant pot to sauté. Keeping the chicken in the pot, bring the sauce to a boil and reduce for about 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Keep an eye on it. If reduced too much, it becomes a glaze and you won’t be able to pour any juices over the chicken. Turn off sauté mode.
  • Serve: Remove the bay leaves and transfer the chicken and the sauce to a serving platter. Garnish with green onions and serve with rice

Notes

  • Pressure cook bone-in chicken breast or chicken thighs for 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of a natural pressure release. The chicken will not be completely cooked, but will finish cooking while you cook down (reduce) the sauce.
  • Pressure cook boneless chicken breast for 8 to 10 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken). Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes.. Transfer the chicken to a plate before reducing (thickening) the sauce.
  • Cook boneless chicken thighs in the instant pot for 10 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken). Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate before reducing (thickening) the sauce.
  • Store the cool chicken with the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1215mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 183IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg