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Easiest Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Amy Palanjian
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.)
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
30 mins
Total Time 43 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 196 kcal


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


  • Place a metal or silicone rack into the Instant Pot. Add 1/2 cup water.
  • Place chicken on top of the rack, breaking up frozen pieces if needed. Top with bbq sauce, spreading over the chicken evenly.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 22gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 468mgPotassium: 361mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 107IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bbq chicken sandwiches, instant pot bbq chicken
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