Easiest Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


You can double this recipe and use 2 pounds of chicken if desired. Just do your best to spread it into an even layer in the instant pot. (Note: The nutrition facts will vary based on the bbq sauce that you use.)


  • 1 pound raw or frozen chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • buns, optional


  1. Place a metal or silicone rack into the Instant Pot. Add 1/2 cup water.
  2. Place chicken on top of the rack, breaking up frozen pieces if needed. Top with bbq sauce, spreading over the chicken evenly.
  3. Cover and seal. Cook on high for 8 minutes for raw chicken and 10 minutes for frozen chicken. Manually release the pressure when the cooking time is done and the Instant Pot beeps.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to serve the chicken with rolls for simple sandwiches, or with buttered noodles or a grain.


Place the chicken in an even layer for even cooking.

If cooking from frozen, separate the chicken pieces if possible.

Use a bbq sauce that you like the flavor of.

Use kitchen shears to easily shred or cut up the cooked chicken.

Use a slotted spoon to serve the chicken over rolls.

To make 2 pounds of chicken at once, use 3/4 cup bbq sauce and cook for 10 minutes from raw and 12 minutes from frozen.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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