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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

This Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is a super easy, tasty recipe for chicken thighs cooked in your favorite barbecue sauce in the Instant Pot until tender. There are so many ways to serve this delicious BBQ chicken. I love it shredded and served on sandwich buns or over a salad!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs chicken breasts work as well, just note that they tend to dry out a bit
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • ½ teaspoon each sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil butter or ghee
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce use any brand that you like - I used The New Primal barbecue sauce


  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place the broth or water and chicken into your Instant Pot. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper & garlic powder. Select 'Manual' mode and press the '-' until the screen says 8 minutes.
  • Once your Instant Pot has finished cooking, manually release the pressure.
  • If you're using the onion: heat a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the cooking fat of your choice and then sauté the onion until softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from your Instant Pot, using a slotted spoon, keeping the liquid in the pot. Add the chicken to the hot pan. Drizzle the barbecue sauce on top and stir well to combine. ENJOY!


To make this recipe in a slow cooker, follow the same directions as above, only cooking this on low for 4-6 hours. That's it!
Other notes:
If you'd like to double this recipe (which is what I do with everything, because leftovers are awesome), it will still cook in just 8 minutes.
The bare minimum that you'll need to create this recipe is chicken, water & barbecue sauce. The other ingredients definitely add flavor, but feel free to work with what you've got on hand.
Keyword barbecue chicken, BBQ chicken, instant pot BBQ chicken
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