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Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

July 18, 2021

If you have an Instant Pot, this is one of the good ones.  The sauce is delicious and it cooks up pretty quickly so that it can easily be done during the week.

I reduced the amount of chicken but kept the same quantity of sauce.  I used chicken drumsticks but I have also used thighs.  Both delicious.  I did not add bay leaves (I am not a fan) and I did not add scallions because it was not a possibility at the time.  I also substituted the vegetable oil with extra virgin olive oil.  I salted and peppered the chicken with just regular salt and pepper, I did not use kosher salt or freshly ground pepper.

I served this with rice and a side of sautéed spinach.

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo by Food Network Kitchen

4 chicken thighs or 5 chicken drumsticks with bone and skin

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup white distilled vinegar

5 cloves garlic, smashed

1 large yellow onion sliced

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Turn the Instant Pot to the high sauté setting.  Add the oil and once it is hot, add the chicken in batches (I browned 3 drumsticks, then 2.  With the thighs, I browned 2 thighs and then the other 2) and brown on both sides, about 7-10 minutes total.  Set chicken aside on a plate and discard the oil that’s in the Instant Pot.  Return the chicken to the pot.

Add the soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, garlic and onion.

Lock the lid and make sure vent is turned off.

Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook, on high, for 8 minutes.

Once the cook cycle is complete, quick release the steam.

Unlock and remove the lid.

Remove the chicken to a plate and turn the Instant pot to the high sauté setting.  Let the sauce come to a boil, and cook for 5-10 minutes until a bit darker in color.

Add the chicken back in and stir to coat the chicken with the sauce.  Serve directly from the Instant Pot.

salt and pepper chicken on both sides:

turn Instant pot to high saute:

brown chicken:

mise en place sauce:

add chicken and sauce ingredients into Instant Pot:

8 minutes, high pressure:

remove cooked chicken:

boil sauce:

add chicken back in:


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