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Easy Adobo Chicken in the Instant Pot

A tangy, tender, EASY version of the famous adobo chicken from the Philippines.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: chicken recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 400kcal



  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3 bay leaves


  • Salt and pepper all sides of the chicken thighs.
  • Set electric pressure cooker to “saute.” When the hot signal is displayed, pour olive oil into the liner. Place chicken thighs into the pressure cooker and brown on each side. Do not crowd the chicken. Cook in batches if needed, keeping the chicken warm as the other cooks.
  • Remove chicken from pressure cooker and deglaze the bottom of the pot with chicken broth, scraping the bottom to remove any stuck pieces. Turn the electric pressure cooker off.
  • In a large mixing cup or medium bowl, mix together the liquid aminos, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and cayenne.
  • Arrange chicken thighs in the pressure cooker. Pour the liquid aminos mixture over the chicken. Top with onion slices and bay leaves.
    pouring brown liquid into Instant Pot
  • Attach the lid and set the valve to sealing. Program the pressure cooker on “manual” or “pressure cook” for 10 minutes on high. When the cooking cycle has completed, perform a quick release of the pressure.
  • Preheat the oven to broil. Prepare a baking sheet with a sheet of lightly oiled parchment paper or tin foil.
  • Transfer chicken from electric pressure cooker to baking sheet. Place under the broiler for 5 to 10 minutes or until the chicken skin has crisped, being careful not to burn.
    broiled chicken thighs
  • Set the pressure cooker to “saute” and allow remaining ingredients to boil while the chicken broils. Reduce the sauce by half or until desired consistency.
  • Return chicken to pressure cooker, toss to coat, and serve with sauce.
    chicken thighs in a pot
  • Top with sliced green onions if desired.
  • Serve this chicken adobo recipe with rice on the side.


If you're sensitive to sodium, use a low sodium soy sauce. You can always add a bit of salt if necessary. 
Serves 6-8.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1270mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg