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shredded bbq chicken with bbq sauce on top of a bun with coleslaw
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken couldn't get any easier with this recipe! Takes doctored-up bbq sauce to the next level. Perfect quick and easy 30-minute meal!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq chicken, instant pot, shredded bbq chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 269 kcal
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ cup bbq sauce
  1. Mix your seasoning and spices in a small bowl.

  2. Rub your chicken breasts with the seasoning blend.

  3. With the instant pot on the saute mode, add your oil and allow the pot insert to get hot. Add the chicken breasts and saute on each side for 2 minutes. Next, add the bbq sauce on top of the chicken.

  4. Place the lid on the instant pot making sure the valve is in the sealing position. Press manual (high pressure) and set to 13 minutes. Let the instant pot naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the lid on the instant pot and shred the chicken breasts. If you think the sauce has too much liquid, reduce the sauce by pressing the saute mode for 2-3 minutes.

Recipe Notes

How to cook frozen chicken breasts in the instant pot:

  • First rub the frozen chicken breasts with the seasoning blend. 
  • Skip the sauteing of the chicken breasts, and follow directions as directed but cook for 25 minutes instead of 13 minutes. 

Nutrition information:

Nutrition information is calculated with the shredded chicken and bbq sauce only. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
Amount Per Serving (4 oz meat)
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.3g13%
Saturated Fat 1.6g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.2g
Cholesterol 93.7mg31%
Sodium 735.7mg32%
Carbohydrates 14.3g5%
Fiber 1.3g5%
Sugar 8.3g9%
Protein 33.7g67%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.