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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken

BBQ pulled Chicken sandwich

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This tangy, tender, and juicy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken is the perfect quick weeknight meal. You only need a handful of pantry staples to make this recipe.

This instant pot BBQ chicken recipe is easy and quick to come together. Your family is definitely going to love this recipe.  

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This recipe is a family favorite. I love that my whole family enjoys this recipe since it’s great for busy nights.

The pulled BBQ chicken comes together so quickly and is still packed with so much flavor.

If your family loves BBQ you need to make this recipe for your family.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken Ingredients

BBQ pulled Chicken ingredients

The ingredients for this Instant Pot BBQ chicken in instant pot recipe are simple.

You probably already have most of these in your home already. The ingredients include the following:

Olive Oil




Your favorite BBQ sauce


Brown Sugar

Worcestershire sauce 

How To Make Pulled BBQ Chicken In The Instant Pot?

If you are interested in trying this delicious instant pot pulled chicken, the steps to do so are quite simple.

The steps that you need to take for this recipe include the following:

Season your chicken.

Sear it on the saute or brown setting on your pressure cooker.

Remove your chicken, then add your onions. Saute your onions for 2 minutes then add garlic. Saute for a minute.

Add your chicken back into your pot.

Add your BBQ sauce mixture.

Set the pressure cooker to High for 8 minutes.

When the pressure cooker is done use the quick release.

Remove chicken and shred. 

Mix it back in the sauce. Then serve and enjoy.

How Do I Shred The BBQ Chicken?

I like to use two forks to shred the chicken. I have also used an electric mixer. If you use a mixer, use the lowest setting and watch carefully. If you have it too high it will turn mushy.

BBQ pulled Chicken

How To Store The BBQ Pulled Chicken?

You can store the pulled bbq chicken in an airtight container for up to 5 days. This recipe can also be frozen in a Ziploc bag for up to 6 months.

Can I Use Chicken Breast Instead Of Thighs?

Yes, you can use boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe. The cooking time will be 2 minutes longer, so instead of 8 minutes, the recipe will need to be cooked for 10 minutes.

How To Serve This Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken Recipe?

This recipe is best served on fresh brioche buns topped with coleslaw. The pulled chicken is also delicious in tacos.


What Pressure Cooker did you use?

For this recipe, I used my 6 quart, Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker Electric Pressure Cooker. I also own the 6 quart, Instant Pot 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker. I use both for cooking.

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BBQ pulled Chicken sandwich
BBQ pulled Chicken sandwich

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken

This tangy, tender, and juicy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken is the perfect quick weeknight meal. You only need a handful of pantry staples to make this recipe. This instant pot BBQ chicken recipe is easy and quick to come together. Your family is definitely going to love this recipe. 
5 from 18 votes
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American


  • Pressure Cooker


BBQ Pulled Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 Lbs of boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • teaspoon sweet paprika
  • teaspoon of chili powder
  • teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 cup of onions diced (1 small onion)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic paste
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce


  • 14 oz. coleslaw mix
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin oil
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper


  • Combine all coleslaw ingredients and set aside.
  • Preheat the pressure cooker using the saute/brown button.
  • Season chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, sweet parika, chilli powder, and pepper.
  • Mix BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and worcestershire sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
  • Sear chicken in batches until browned on both sides. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.
  • Add olive oil. Add onion and garlic to the pressure cooker and cook for until tender, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and bbq sauce mixture to the pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cook on HIGH for 8 minutes.
  • Reduce the pressure using the QUICK-RELEASE method.
  • Remove the lid carefully.
  • Remove the chicken to a plate.
  • Using two forks shred chicken.
  • Place the chicken on the broice bun and top with coleslaw if you desire.
  • Enjoy.
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  • Reply Claudia 2021/06/15 at 6:38 am

    5 stars
    I have never made a juicier more tender chicken. We love pulled chicken and this is the best recipe ever for it!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/15 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you so much.

  • Reply Danielle 2021/06/15 at 7:01 am

    5 stars
    I love how easy the IP makes dishes like this. I just made a batch of my favorite BBQ sauce so I’m for sure making this!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/15 at 9:38 pm

      Sounds awesome. Let me know how it goes.

  • Reply Natalie 2021/06/15 at 7:36 am

    5 stars
    Oh yum! this pulled chicken sounds fantastic. Flavorful and meat looks quite juicy. I need to make this for my family.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/15 at 9:39 pm

      You should. Your family is going to love it!

  • Reply Jenn 2021/06/15 at 7:38 am

    5 stars
    Yes! Another amazing instant pot recipe! I often crave pulled chicken but don’t want the fuss of cooking outside so this recipe is perfect for me. And it’s delish, too!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/15 at 9:39 pm

      I’m glad it worked out!

  • Reply Pam 2021/06/15 at 9:24 am

    5 stars
    Looks great! I’m going to save this for next winter when it’s hard to use the grill.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/15 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you. Sounds like a great plan.

  • Reply Amanda 2021/06/16 at 7:57 am

    5 stars
    I love this idea and I really think I need to get myself a pressure cooker. This looks so quick and easy.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/16 at 11:24 pm

      You won’t go wrong if you invest in one.

  • Reply Maria 2021/06/16 at 9:16 am

    5 stars
    I really love how easy this recipe is! It’s really not hard to follow even by a kitchen newbie like me. Thank you!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/16 at 11:24 pm

      I’m all about easy and delicious!

  • Reply Kate 2021/06/16 at 9:26 am

    5 stars
    Wow, that looks really easy to make in the instant pot, and my family would absolutely love it! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/16 at 11:23 pm

      You’re welcome.

  • Reply Jenny 2021/06/16 at 10:04 am

    5 stars
    The extra seasonings plus the BBQ sauce give this pulled chicken so much flavor! This is a perfect easy recipe for summer that doesn’t heat up my kitchen.

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/16 at 11:22 pm

      That is exactly why I love this recipe. Thank you.

  • Reply AISilva 2021/06/16 at 10:08 am

    5 stars
    I love how juicy and tender this chicken is! Even better that I can make this pulled chicken in my instant pot. Thank you for this recipe!

    • Reply Dionne 2021/06/16 at 11:22 pm

      Thank you and you’re more than welcome.

  • Reply Beth 2021/06/16 at 10:18 am

    5 stars
    Oh wow! This is perfect for dinner and I can’t wait to try this! So excited to make this soon! Looks so fantastic and sounds so delicious! My family is going to love this!

  • Reply Elaine 2022/06/17 at 7:03 am

    5 stars
    Oh wow, this chicken looks absolutely stunning! I wonder how they achieve the results like this, and here it is – your recipe is a treasure!

    • Reply Dionne 2022/10/02 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you I hope you enjoy.

  • Reply Natalie 2022/06/17 at 7:37 am

    5 stars
    Loved your instant pot pulled chicken recipe, Dionne! Kids couldn’t get enouth, it was a yummy family dinner, thanks!

    • Reply Dionne 2022/10/02 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you so much happy, everyone, liked it.

  • Reply Casey 2022/06/17 at 9:00 am

    5 stars
    This was SO easy and everyone LOVED it! Next time I will double the batch and freeze it so I always have it on hand!!

    • Reply Dionne 2022/10/02 at 2:36 pm

      Happy to know everyone loved it.

  • Reply Toni 2022/06/17 at 9:04 am

    5 stars
    This quickly became a favorite meal at my house! So good and amazing!

  • Reply Heather 2022/06/17 at 9:34 am

    5 stars
    Got this saved to make this weekend..looks so tasty! Can’t wait to dig into it!

    • Reply Dionne 2022/10/02 at 2:35 pm

      Glad to hear I hope you liked the dish.

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