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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:

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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