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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Tender chicken drenched in your favorite bbq sauce that is made right in your instant pot. Serve this on sandwiches, with a side of pasta/rice or all by itself. It’s delicious no matter what.

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

This is sorta ugly and sorta messy. I had a tough time taking pictures of it. But, it’s crazy easy and crazy delicious, so, I decided to share it.

In the words of my 11 year old “it doesn’t matter how it looks, it matter how it tastes”. In this case, I agree with him. However, that still won’t change my mind about brussels sprouts 🙂

Ingredients Needed:

  • Boneless chicken thighs
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Water
  • Salt/Pepper

Can I Use Chicken Breasts? Yes. However, your cooking time may have to be increased. Chicken breasts are thicker/larger than (usually) the thighs and require longer cooking times.

What Kind of BBQ Sauce can I Use?

  • To stick with the consistency of the recipe, I recommend using a ketchup based sauce, as opposed to a vinegar based sauce. However, if you do try a vinegar based sauce, please let me know how it works out!
  • I used my homemade Honey BBQ Sauce for this dish and it worked perfectly. Go with your favorite homemade or bottled version…your choice!

How to Make:

  • First, whisk 1/2 of the bbq sauce with water. Then, add the chicken to the pot and pour the mixture on top.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure. Do a natural release for 5 minutes, then, a quick release.
  • Next, remove the chicken from the post and whisk in the remaining bbq sauce. Press the saute function and let it simmer for a few minutes until thick.
  • Then, place the chicken back into the pot and coat it well with all the sauce.

How to Serve:

  • With a side of pasta/rice.
  • On sandwiches.
  • In your favorite mac and cheese.
  • Make quesadillas with it.
  • Serve it wrap in a tortilla with cheddar cheese and spinach.
  • Toss it in a salad
  • Eat it right out of the bowl.

The possibilities are endless!

Yield: Serves: 6

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken - Table for Seven

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken- Tender chicken drenched in your favorite bbq sauce that is made right in your instant pot. Serve this on sandwiches, with a side of pasta/rice or all by itself. It's delicious no matter how you serve it!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup bbq sauce ( will be divided)
  • salt/pepper
  • water


  1. In a bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of bbq sauce with water. Set aside.
  2. Salt and pepper chicken thighs and place in instant pot. Pour bbq sauce/water on top.
  3. Cover with lid and cook on high pressure for 13 minutes. Do a natural release for 5 minutes, then, do a quick release. Remove chicken from pot and turn off the instant pot function.
  4. Select the saute function. Pour in remaining bbq sauce. Simmer for 2-4 minutes or until thick.
  5. Place chicken back into pot and coat with the sauce. Serve immediately.


adapted from it's a keeper

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 716mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 19g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate

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