This easy Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Recipe is made with just 5 ingredients and is perfect for sliders, wraps and dip — An quick dinner for busy days!
If you’re looking for easy Instant Pot recipes with hardly any prep work and few ingredients, this shredded Buffalo chicken recipe is for you. Just dump everything into the Instant Pot, press start, and go!
I’m always looking for easy Instant Pot dinner recipes, and this one is one of the easiest dinner recipes ever! I’ve been meaning to make Buffalo chicken in the pressure cooker for longest time, and I finally got the chance when we were on vacation last week.
Yes, I admit it. I am one of those people who cook on vacation. But in my defense, we were gone for a week, and eating out every day gets pretty darn pricey! Anyway, this easy chicken dinner is perfect for busy days or when you’re too tired to cook anything too complicated or when you’re on vacation!I
If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can make Buffalo chicken in the Crock-Pot. It’s one of our favorite game day dinners, but honestly, it’s so much faster in the Instant Pot!
How to make Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
You only need 5 ingredients to make this Instant Pot Buffalo chicken recipe, and one of them is water! Just throw the chicken in the pot, and add the Buffalo sauce, butter and water.
You can even experiment with leaving the water out, but I like to thin the sauce just a tad. You don’t need much since the chicken releases its own juices, making plenty of thin liquid for the pot to come to pressure.
10 minutes at high pressure and 10 minutes of natural release are all you need to cook the chicken breasts in the Instant Pot. But here’s the thing — If you happen to live at a higher elevation, you’ll have to add a few more minutes.
Normally, I cook recipes at about 1000 feet, but our vacation cabin in Flagstaff was at about 8000 feet, and 15 minutes of high pressure was perfect.
You can shred the chicken with a hand mixer, which makes it super quick and easy. The kids love helping out twith this part!
If you don’t have a mixer, just use two forks to shred the chicken. Toss in a little bit of ranch dressing, and you’re good to go!
I like to add the ranch for a creamier texture and because it cuts down the heat level a little. The Hubs isn’t a fan of hot sauce, so the ranch dressing makes the Buffalo chicken edible for him! It’s totally optional, though.
Looking for more easy Instant Pot chicken recipes?
- Instant Pot salsa verde chicken
- Instant Pot whole chicken
- Instant Pot chicken soup
- Instant Pot honey mustard curry chicken
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Recipe
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Recipe
This easy Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Recipe uses only 5 ingredients and makes shredded chicken for sliders, wraps, salads, appetizers and dip.
- 3 large boneless chicken breasts (2 pounds)
- 1 12-ounce bottle Buffalo Sauce (about 2 cups)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons ranch dressing
Place chicken breasts in the inner liner of Instant Pot
Pour Buffalo wing sauce over chicken, and add water and butter
Cover, turn valve to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK (or manual) for 10 minutes.
When pot beeps, allow 10 minute natural release, then turn valve to Venting to release remaining pressure.
When pin drops, open lid, and stir in ranch dressing. Shred chicken using hand mixer or shred chicken using 2 forks.
Recipe was made in 6-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker but can also be made in 8 quart.
For high altitude, cook for 15 minutes with 10 minute release, or until chicken is at least 165 degrees according to meat thermometer and easily shreds.
I hope you love this easy Instant Pot Buffalo chicken recipe as much as we do!