Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

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4.67 from 259 votes
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is a tender, sumptuous, chicken dish slathered in barbeque sauce prepared in a short time. Perfect for those busy weeknight meals when time is of the essence but you don't want to sacrifice on taste.
 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes
Total: 21 minutes
Instant pot barbecue chicken on a white plate

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is a tender, sumptuous, chicken dish slathered in barbecue sauce prepared in a short time. Perfect for those busy weeknight meals when time is of the essence but you don’t want to sacrifice on taste.

Instant pot barbecue chicken on a white plate

If you want crowd pleasing, simple, and oh so flavorful chicken, then this bbq instant pot chicken is it! am totally game for chicken straight off the grill but actually, this pressure cooker barbeque chicken breast is one of the best barbeque chicken recipes ever! To tell the truth, it is so quick and easy.

Why BBQ Instant Pot Chicken Recipe Works

This deliciously easy instant pot barbeque chicken recipe uses chicken thighs coated in a house blend seasoning and cooked in an Instant Pot in a savory barbeque sauce. As a matter of fact, only 3 ingredients make the best barbeque chicken recipe and actually any style of barbeque sauce works. Such as, sweet and smoky, hot and spicy, or vinegary and tangy, all work!

Using the pressure cooker gets the recipe done in no time and using the Stack and Cook Insert allows you to cook for a crowd. So no matter the family size this instant pot barbecue chicken recipe fits great.

How to Make Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken- Step by Step

  • Step One: First, season both sides of the chicken with House Seasoning Blend. Next, place chicken in Instant Pot.
  • Step Two: Secondly, pour the water and 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce into the Instant Pot. Cook on manual setting/high pressure for 13 minutes. Then allow to naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Step Three: After pressure has been released, remove chicken from Instant Pot and drain any liquid.
  •  Step Four: Finally, set Instant Pot to the Sauté setting. Next, add cooked chicken and remaining 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce, then sauté for 2-3 minutes until sauce is sticky.

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 Recommendations for Making BBQ Chicken In Instant Pot

I use chicken thighs for this recipe. You can use any type of chicken though. Chicken breast, boneless chicken thighs, fresh or frozen work great. It is the special combination of the house seasoning along with your favorite barbeque sauce that makes this recipe a winner.

Just remember to adjust your cook times accordingly for the type of chicken that you are using. You can find more information about cook times here.

Instant pot barbecue chicken on a white plate

Recommendations for the Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken

This Instant Pot BBQ Chicken breast is just one of the fabulous things that you can create in your instant pot. You need to try Instant Pot Beef with Balsamic Sauce or Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese. Actually, the Macaroni and Cheese is a great side dish to serve with this chicken.

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Instant pot barbecue chicken on a white plate

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

4.7 from 259 votes
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is a tender, sumptuous, chicken dish slathered in barbeque sauce prepared in a short time. Perfect for those busy weeknight meals when time is of the essence but you don't want to sacrifice on taste.
 
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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons House Seasoning Blend
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce divided
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  • Season both sides of the chicken with House Seasoning Blend.
  • Place chicken in Instant Pot.
  • Pour the water and 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce into the Instant Pot.
  • Cook on manual setting/high pressure for 13 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release for 5 minutes then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Remove chicken from Instant Pot and drain any liquid.
  • Set Instant Pot to saute setting.
  • Add cooked chicken and remaining 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce.
  • Saute for 2-3 minutes until sauce is sticky.

Video

Expert Tips

  • You can use chicken breasts or thighs, whichever you prefer.
  • You can use bottled barbeque sauce or homemade sauce, sweet or spicy.
  • Double the batch for a quick dinner fix on a busy night.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 2030mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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41 thoughts on “Instant Pot BBQ Chicken”

  1. This was a huge hit at our house. The recipe was very easy. In previous replies some people had issues with the chicken giving a burning warning. I personally didn’t experience that. I used 1/2 c Sweet Baby Ray bbq sauce, added garlic powder, basil clippings, pepper, parsley, and chili powder for a little spice, with a chicken bbq rub. In the bottom of the pot I put 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil, with 1/2 cup of water. I set the pressure cooker button for 13 minutes, released the steam, let it sit for 5 minutes, added another 1/2 c of the Sweet Baby Sauce, then set the Sauté for 4 minutes. Thank you for a great recipe.

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  2. 5 stars
    Hi! Thank you for a quick and simply delicious recipe. I used chicken tenders for this recipe and cut the time down to 5 minutes. Also, when I make bbq chicken for the fam, I use Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, and add a little honey, black pepper, onion powder, Italian seasoning (or oregano), and about cap full of vinegar (for a little tangy taste). Usually, I would place the chicken back in the oven to get the sauce sticky, but doing it in the IP makes it a whole lot easier. This recipe is DEFINITELY A KEEPER.

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    • Four (7-8 oz) frozen chicken breasts should take about 10-12 minutes at high pressure. Always double check the finished chicken to make sure the internal temp is 165 degrees.

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  3. I wish you would of added the instruction to add the trivia . I only learnt this by watching the video .
    Let’s hope it s still works. wish me luck.

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  4. This recipe is a keeper! I’m a new instant pot user so I’m quite unsure about my skills; however, my husband and daughter loved how flavorful and tender the chicken thighs were. I’ll certainly be trying more of your recipes.

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      • I love this recipe. I’ve made it 3 or 4 times including today. I always cook meat on a trivet except when I make a stew. This time I left a little of the liquid. It wasn’t as sticky but it still tasted good.

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  5. 5 stars
    It was a great recipe. I used frozen chicken thighs in my Instant Pot. I had no problem with burning. Maybe because the chicken was frozen the barbecue sauce stay on the chicken.
    So thank you.♥️

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  6. 5 stars
    This recipe has been a total winner in my family! I even used sugar free bbq sauce for the first time for my keto diet needs, and it turned out great! I have used breast for this recipe.

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  7. 5 stars
    This is my favorite bbq chicken recipe! It’s on rotation for weekly dinner. I use the big container of Sonny’s bbq sauce and then a splash of Tabasco when I pressure cook (the hubby like his bbq sauce with a little heat) and it is delicious!
    Question, if I double the recipe do I change the cook time when it’s on the pressure cook?
    Thank you!

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    • 5 stars
      It was a great recipe. I used frozen chicken thighs in my Instant Pot. I had no problem with burning. Maybe because the chicken was frozen the barbecue sauce stay on the chicken.
      So thank you.♥️

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      • The question was not “ignored”, it was overlooked. I get hundreds of comments and I try to respond to each and every one. The response you are looking for is posted in one of the previous questions.

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  8. 5 stars
    Hi! Great recipe.

    Mainly leaving a comment regarding your site for phones– I tried to read this recipe on my iphone but had to eventually exit out and look it up on my computer because the page was overtaken by a video ad first, then a cooking video of yours. I don’t mind ads at all, even video ones, but it made reading your recipe impossible. 🙁

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  9. I have found with tomato based sauces especially sweet ones like BBQ will get the burn notifications. Also with creamed based sauces or onset that have cream of soups

    You can add a little water.
    You can try low pressure instead of high pressure settings.
    You can add the bbq sauce only to the top of the chicken, allowing as little as possible to touch the bottom of the pot.
    You can add the bbq sauce after pressure cooking then broil.

    Those are just a few tips I have found that work for me.

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  10. I also have an 8qt ip and it continues to say burn while making this recipe. I put it on low pressure thinking this might help, but it did not help. Any suggestions?

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  11. 3 stars
    Hi- I made this tonight with burning problems. I followed the directions and before it came to pressure it beeped ‘burn’. So I thought maybe because the chicken was directly on the dry pot. I took them out, made sure there was nothing else stuck and then laid the chicken on top of the sauce. It came to pressure but then turned to ‘burn’. I moved them all around again and added a little bit of water to the pot. After the 3rd ‘burn’ try, they were cooked. Some of the pieces got a teeny bit burnt but overall they came out really tasty. We all liked the chicken as the sauce came out thicker and gooey. I would love to make it again properly! Have you had any issue with this? I let me chicken come to room temperature before cooking and used Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. I also have an 8 qt IP. Any suggestions? Thanks

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    • I’m sorry you had those troubles. I’ve never experienced a “burn” alert with my Instant Pot. I’ve made this recipe many times just as the recipe indicates with no troubles at all. I’m not sure what it could be. Maybe add a little chicken stock or water like you did.

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