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Close up photo of a bbq chicken sandwich with coleslaw and pickles with an instant pot in the background.
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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken pairs shredded chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce to create a satisfying dinner option that’s served on a bun with coleslaw and ready in just 30 minutes! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 273kcal



  • Add the chicken stock and apple cider vinegar to the Instant Pot insert.
  • Next, add the chicken thighs. Sprinkle over the garlic powder, paprika, and salt.
  • Finally, pour ¾ cup of BBQ Sauce over the chicken thighs. Do not stir.
  • Attach the lid and ensure the valve is in the “sealing position”. Set the timer for 15 minutes. When the timer finishes, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes. Then, quickly release any remaining pressure by switching the valve to the “venting” position.
  • Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred it.
  • (Optional) If you like a thick sauce on your sandwich, turn the Instant Pot to the Saute-Normal function and whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes or until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Return the chicken to the Instant Pot and add the remaining ¼ cup of BBQ Sauce.
  • Serve immediately. Store any leftover BBQ chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.


  • This recipe can also be made with chicken breasts, but chicken thighs have more flavor!
  • My preferred BBQ sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s, but use whatever you have on hand.
  • Water can be used instead of chicken stock if needed.
  • Nutritional information is an estimate and does not include sandwich fixings such as the bun or slaw.


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1170mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg