Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken – sweet and tangy, fall apart tender and juicy chicken. It is ready in minutes and perfect for sandwiches, salads, wraps, or to just eat with a fork!

One of my favorite meals is pulled pork. You can have it in the middle of the summer with Smoked Pork Butt or in the middle of winter with Instant Pot Country Style Ribs. It doesn’t really matter to me, just the flavor of tender and juicy pork with a delicious barbecue sauce is my kind of meal.

As soon as I started using my Instant Pot, I quickly realized how well it does at making tender and juicy chicken. It is great for Chicken Tacos because the meat stays juicy.

looking down on shredded chicken on a cutting board


I always think that the crock pot dries out the chicken, no matter how much liquid you use or how short of time you cook it. But the Instant Pot does something magical to it, and I love how it turns out.

Making BBQ chicken in the instant pot could not be easier to do. I like to use a homemade sauce that comes together in just about 5 minutes. But you could use your favorite jarred sauce to cut down on the prep time even more!

instant pot bbq chicken in pot

How To Make Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

  1. In a bowl or large liquid measuring cup mix together all of the ingredients for the sauce.
  2. Add your chicken to the base of your Instant Pot. The beauty of this recipe is you can use fresh or frozen chicken and all that changes is a few minutes in cook time.
  3. Pour in a little water to ensure you don’t get the burn warning.
  4. And then pour the barbecue sauce over the chicken.
  5. Put the lid on, make sure the vent is closed, and put it under high pressure for 15 minutes. If you are using frozen set it for 20 minutes.
  6. Let it naturally release for 5 minutes, and then quick release to finish.
  7. Once the lid is unlocked, use 2 forks to shred the chicken and mix it with the sauce in the pot.

The best part about making instant pot bbq chicken is you can start with fresh or frozen chicken breasts. You can even use chicken thighs for that matter! Just make sure they are boneless or the cooking times will change.

pouring sauce over chicken

To Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts In The Instant Pot

It will take about 20 minutes under high pressure to cook chicken from frozen. This will depend on how thick your chicken is. If you have very thin pieces that are separated, then it may take closer to 15 minutes.

But with how big chicken breasts tend to be in the store lately, most of them are probably 2 inches thick and close to a pound each, I find that 20 minutes under pressure is what you need.

barbecue chicken on bun

How To Serve Shredded BBQ Chicken

shredded chicken on cutting board

What Goes With BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is ready in just minutes, so it is perfect for busy weeknights. You can easily double the recipe with the same cooking time, so you can have leftovers all week and turn them into something new each night.

shredded chicken on cutting board with a sandwich by it

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5 from 1 vote

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

By Erin
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken – sweet and tangy, fall apart tender and juicy chicken. It is ready in minutes and perfect for sandwiches, salads, wraps, or to just eat with a fork!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup water

Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups Ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place chicken in the base of the Instant Pot. Pour in the water.
  • In a small bowl whisk together all of the ingredients for the barbecue sauce. Pour over the chicken.
  • Close and seal the lid for the Instant Pot. Cook under high pressure for 15 minutes. Let it naturally release for 5 minutes, and then quick release to finish.
  • Remove chicken and use 2 forks to shred. Add back to the pot and toss with the sauce.


Too cook frozen chicken breasts increase the time to 20 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 758mg | Sugar: 19g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 340
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  1. Already dreaming of all the ways I can use this chicken this week. This tasty chicken makes meal prep a snap!

  2. You just gave me an awesome idea for dinner tonight! I can make so many dished with this Instant Pot chicken!

  3. Yummy! This is going to be a great dinner tonight! Excited to use my instant pot for so many recipes now!