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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

This Instant Pot BBQ Chicken recipe makes easy pulled chicken in the pressure cooker in about 30 minutes. A quick dinner for busy weeknights! Your whole family will love this easy recipe, and it's also perfect for meal prep!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
pressure release 10 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 127kcal
Author Dee
Cost $10


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2 pounds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup water


  • Add olive oil to inner pot of pressure cooker, and place chicken in pot 
  • Add water, and sprinkle sea salt, garlic powder and pepper over chicken, then pour BBQ sauce over chicken. Do not stir!
  • Place lid on pot, turn vent to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 10 minutes. Pot will take a few minutes to pressurize, and chicken will cook for 10 minutes
  • After pot beeps, allow a 10 minute natural release, then do a quick release to release remaining pressure. When pin drops, remove lid, and use hand mixer or 2 forks to shred chicken before serving



Recipe was made in 6-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. For an 8 quart, add 1 cup water, but keep other ingredients and cook time the same.
Chicken may need a longer cook time at higher elevations. Try 12 minutes with 10 minute release, and check that internal temperature is 165 before serving.
Cook frozen chicken breasts for 15 minutes or 20 if extra thick or stuck together.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg