Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo

10 mins prep for this Filipino signature pressure cooker chicken adobo. A burst of sweet, savory, and sour flavors wrapped with a kick of spice. Frugal, super easy to make, and just perfect over rice.

10 mins prep to make this Filipino signature Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo Recipe (Instant Pot Chicken Adobo). No need to marinate ahead. A burst of sweet, savory, and sour flavors wrapped with a kick of spice. Frugal, super easy to make, and just perfect over rice. YUM!

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We got hooked to Filipino food all thanks to our talented Filipino chef & restaurateur client.

His thick peanut sauce meat stew kare-kare was what got us hooked. We once shamelessly ordered it three times within the same week. LOL!

If you give me a bowl of rice, I can gobble up the whole plate of sizzling sisig on my own.

My summer favorite? Halo halo – purple ice-cream with bazillion flavors and textures.

Of course, how can we forget the dish we are SO addicted to – super crispy pork hock crispy pata!

Gosh, what have we been missing out?!

Filipino food have bold flavors, is homey, and just all around delicious comfort food. If you haven’t already, chicken adobo is yet another Filipino signature dish you gotta try.

Filipino Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo Ingredients

Special Sauces For Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo Recipe:

Filipino vinegar, soy sauce, and fish sauce is the backbone of a yummy chicken adobo

Ingredients you can find online:

Datu Puti Cane Vinegar (Sukang Maasim)- 33.81 fl. oz.
Vinegar made from sugarcane; Used in a lot of Filipino cuisines; Product of Philippines
Silver Swan Special Soy Sauce, 34 Ounce
34 ounce; Used in many restaurants
Red Boat Premium Fish Sauce, 500 ml (17 oz.)
INCLUDES: 1 Bottle of Red Boat Fish Sauce; PURE INGREDIENTS: Gluten Free, No Shellfish, No MSG, No Perservatives
Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce, 16.9-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 2)
Net Wt. 16.9 fl. oz.; Product of China

10 mins prep is all you need to make this delicious pressure cooker chicken adobo (Instant Pot Chicken Adobo). It’s super easy to make and you don’t even need to marinate it ahead.

The bold flavors of this chicken adobo are a balance of sour and savory, with a bit of sweetness and a slight kick of spiciness. It’s a juicy and fulfilling dish that enhances your appetite.

Filipino Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo

Looking for more pressure cooker chicken recipes? Don’t miss our One Pot Chinese Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice.

Filipino Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo Recipe Tips

Everyone’s sour tolerance and flavor preference is different. Since the sour flavor plays a huge role in chicken adobo, remember to taste the Sauce mixture and adjust accordingly.

We’ve tried cooking this dish with many different combinations and portions of sauces before we hit our favorite balance of flavors. Yeah, we’ve been eating a LOT of chicken adobo lately. LOL~

We first created the dish with regular white vinegar, rice vinegar, and Chinese soy sauce. The flavors were out of balance and it tasted way too sour for us.

So, we played around the portions using the Filipino vinegar & Filipino soy sauce and took out the rice vinegar.

It was still too sour for our liking. Since the Filipino soy sauce tasted more sour than the Chinese soy sauce, we’re finally able to achieve a balance by mixing the two soy sauces together. Try it and let us know what you think!

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If you’ve never tried Filipino food, now it’s your chance. Take out your pressure cooker and make this Filipino Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo (Instant Pot Chicken Adobo)

Easy Instant Pot Recipes: Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

Filipino Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo

10 mins to prep this Filipino signature pressure cooker chicken adobo. A burst of sweet, savory, and sour flavors wrapped with a kick of spice.
4.77 from 17 votes
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Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 - 4
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky


  • 6 (2lbs) chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Green onions , chopped for garnish


Optional: Cornstarch Mixture


  • Make Adobo Sauce: Combine Filipino soy sauce, regular soy sauce, Filipino vinegar, fish sauce and sugar in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Brown Chicken: Add oil to the pot and brown the chicken for 1 to 2 minutes with the skin side down first. (Instant Pot users: press sauté button) Then, remove the chicken from the pot.
  • Saute Aromatics: Sauté garlic and onion in the pot until fragrant and golden in color. Then, add ground black peppercorn, red chili, and bay leaves to the pot and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Deglaze: Add the Sauce mixture and deglaze the pot.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken Adobo: Add drumsticks back into the pot and cook at high pressure for 9 minutes with an Electric Pressure Cooker, then natural release.

Optional Steps:

  • Reduce Adobo Sauce: Remove the chicken from the pot. Simmer the sauce and add cornstarch mixture until the sauce is reduced (Instant Pot users: press sauté button).
  • Brown Adobo Chicken: Brown the chicken underneath a broiler with the skin side up for 5 minutes.
  • Serve Chicken Adobo: Place chicken on serving plate, pour in the Sauce mixture, add chopped green onions for garnish. Serve & enjoy~
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Recipe Notes:

Please taste and adjust the Sauce mixture according to your preference.
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Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 1309mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: chicken adobo pressure cooker, instant pot chicken adobo, instant pot filipino recipes, pressure cooker adobo, pressure cooker adobo chicken, pressure cooker chicken adobo
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10 mins prep for this Filipino signature pressure cooker chicken adobo. A burst of sweet, savory, and sour flavors wrapped with a kick of spice. Frugal, super easy to make, and just perfect over rice.

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Craig Stevens

I love this recipe, so does my son, Filipino wife and mother in law. I want to make a large batch, 3 times as big as the recipe calls for, using my MIL’s larger instant pot, do I adjust the cooking time at all for the larger amount?5 stars

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Where are the 18gs of fat coming from?

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Trish B

How long does this need to be cooked in a stove top pressure cooker
Thank you


Thank you, guys,for all your work and recipes! I’ve been playing with my new “toy” for a couple of weeks now and i really like your recipes!
This adobo chicken is my favourite so far,because my 20 months old ate 1.5 drusticks on her own and normally she doesn’t even touch any kind of meat! Lol
So thanks again!


What is the difference between this recipe and your other Instant Pot Chicken Adobo? Is it the same? I’m not sure which recipe to use.


Hi Amy & Jack!

Does this recipe only take 9-min at high pressure?

I only ask because your total cook time doesn’t add up; prep time: 10 min cook time: 25 min total min: 35

Thanks.4 stars

Carol S.

Really good recipe! I substituted ponzu sauce for the Filipino soy sauce. And white vinegar for the Filipino vinegar.5 stars


Hey! I don’t have Filipino soy or Filipino vinegar (don’t tell my mom haha), can I sub with kikkoman low sodium & regular white or apple cider vinegar? I do have the light soy sauce though, can’t wait to try this, I hope it reminds me of my mom & dad’s adobo!

Chin Chin Lin

Hi there, the smells from this recipe are fantastic, but we too found it too salty. What recommendations do you have for making it less salty? Can I cut out one of the soy sauces?


I’m Filipino and this is the BEST adobo recipe I’ve ever tried! Well worth getting the Filipino soy sauce and cane vinegar! I’ve made this both with chicken thighs/wings, and with baby back ribs (25 mins HP). My question is: what if I wanted to make a combo? Do I cook the pork first for 16 minutes, quick release, add chicken, and cook for an additional 9?5 stars

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