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Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

  • Author: Sara Nelson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Filipino
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Instant Pot Chicken Adobo recipe is Filipino-inspired, has a touch of sweetness, and is keto-friendly, low-carb, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and coconut-free. This flavor-packed pressure cooker chicken recipe can be prepared and served in just 40 minutes.



  • 1 spring onion, sliced


  1. Season chicken thighs with pepper and salt. Select Sauté setting on Instant Pot and, once hot, add oil to coat bottom of pot. Add chicken thighs, cook for 2 minutes per side, then turn Sauté setting off. (If you cannot fit chicken thighs in Instant Pot pot in even layer to sauté, put in enough chicken to cover bottom of pot then remove, set aside on plate, and add remaining chicken to sauté on both sides. We want to be sure each piece of chicken has opportunity to be cooked on each side. If you go this route, return all chicken thighs to Instant Pot pot before moving on to next step.)
  2. To Instant Pot with chicken thighs still in pot, add chicken stock, coconut aminos, onion, garlic, vinegar, bay leaves, monk fruit sweetener, and paprika. Seal lid and cook on Manual setting (high pressure) for 10 minutes.
  3. Once cooking has finished, quick-release pressure then remove lid. Using tongs, transfer chicken thighs to a plate. Select Sauté setting and simmer sauce until it has thickened, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves, add chicken back to pot to warm through, before serving in bowls with a garnish of sliced spring onion and, optionally, atop cauliflower rice or alongside low-carb vegetables.

Recipe Notes:

Coarse Ground Black Pepper Substitution: Whole black pepper can be used here.

Avocado Oil Substitution: You can substitute olive oil at a 1:1 ratio for avocado oil.

Chicken Thighs Substitution: The best alternative for chicken thighs would be drumsticks, which can be subbed at a 1:1 ratio, and have a similar flavor profile. Do not use chicken breasts in this recipe.

Chicken Stock Substitution: If you don’t have chicken stock on hand, beef stock or vegetable stock can be subbed in at a 1:1 ratio.

Coconut Aminos Substitution: Liquid aminos or gluten-free soy sauce can be substituted in for coconut aminos at a 1:1 ratio. Note that both of these products contain soy, which will mean the recipe is no longer paleo-friendly or primal-friendly. If you are watching your carb intake closely and want to lessen the carb count per serving, reduce the coconut aminos from ¼ cup to 3 tablespoons.

Yellow Onion Substitution: Substitute with another type of onion, such as red or white, at a 1:1 ratio. These substitutions will change the carb content slightly.

Minced Garlic Substitution: Garlic paste can be subbed in for minced garlic at a 1:1 ratio. For garlic powder, use 3/4 tsp in place of the minced garlic called for in the recipe.

Apple Cider Vinegar Substitution: White wine vinegar can be subbed in for apple cider vinegar at a 1:1 ratio.

Dried Bay Leaves Substitution: In place of dried bay leaves, you can use 3/4 tsp dried thyme or dried oregano.

Where To Buy Monk Fruit Sweetener: I buy my monk fruit sweetener from Lakanto’s website and have it delivered. If you want to do this, you can use discount code REALBALANCED at checkout for 20% OFF your Lakanto order. If you’d rather purchase monk fruit sweetener in a store, many grocery stores, especially specialty food stores and Costco, carry Lakanto’s monk fruit sweetener.

Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener Substitution: Classic Monk Fruit Sweetener, Swerve, or erythritol can be used here at a 1:1 substitution ratio. Note that these substitutions may alter the flavor of the resulting dish just slightly. I would not suggest using powdered stevia or liquid stevia here.

Paprika Substitution: Either cumin or chili powder can be substituted for paprika at a 1:1 ratio. Note that using one of these will alter the flavor of the dish slightly.

Spring Onion Substitution: Green onion or scallion can be used in place of spring onion in this dish.

Size Of Instant Pot: I personally use a 6 qt Instant Pot, but you can also make this in an 8 qt. If you have a mini 3 qt Instant Pot, you will need to use half of the listed amount of ingredients. Regardless of the size of Instant Pot you use, do not change the cook time. That will remain the same.

Net Carbs: Per serving, this chicken adobo recipe contains 5.2 grams of net carbs. If you want to lessen the carb count per serving, reduce the coconut aminos used as indicated above. The serving size is 1 bowl and the recipe, as written, yields 4 servings. Net carbs are calculated by taking total carbs, subtracting fiber, and subtracting sugar alcohols.

Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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