Instant Pot Filipino Adobo Chicken Recipe


For the Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced (or about 1 heaping tbsp pre-minced garlic)
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns (about 10)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Amino Soy Sauce Alternative
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 2 pound boneless, skinless, chicken thighs - sliced into strips or filets

To Thicken the Sauce (see instruction variations below)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or other thickener plus 2 Tbsp cold water
Optional Garnish:
  • 3 fresh green onions, sliced diagonally

Instant Pot Filipino Adobo Chicken Recipe

  1. Preheat the Instant Pot by selecting Saute and high heat. Add the olive oil. Then add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and water. Then add the chicken slices. Secure the lid.
  3. Select manual and cook at high pressure for 12 minutes.
  4. Once cooking is complete, use a quick release. Remove the chicken and set aside which the sauce thickens.

Sauce Variations:

  1. Thicken the sauce in one of two ways:
  2. Select Saute and boil the sauce down until it thickens OR
  3. Add some cornstarch mixed with water. The cornstarch method is not traditional but is a quick way to thicken the sauce.

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