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BBQ or barbecue chicken made in the Instant Pot is a great summer weeknight meal.
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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is so tender, juicy and full of barbecue flavor. Using Chicken Tenders or Breasts, this BBQ Chicken is extremely versatile. Perfect pulled, sliced or served whole! BBQ Chicken is a perfect, quick weeknight meal that everyone in the family will love! Great all year too, it is just as much of a winter dinner as it is a summer meal.
Course Main Course
Keyword BBQ, BBQ chicken, chicken, instant pot BBQ, Instant pot BBQ chicken, Instant pot chicken, IP, IP BBQ chicken
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 207kcal
Author Karli Bitner


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 chicken tenders (Or 2 chicken breasts)
  • 1 tbsp dried chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup bbq sauce


  • Add the ingredients to the Instant Pot in this order: broth, chicken, onion then bbq sauce on top.
  • DO NOT STIR. (see post for more details as to why)
  • Cook on Manual HIGH for 3 minutes NPR 7 minutes. (For Chicken Breasts, take 1 inch thick pieces of chicken and cook on manual HIGH for 5 minutes, NPR 7 minutes, rest 5 minutes. See post for more detailed instruction)
  • After the NPR, QR the remaining pressure.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 699mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g