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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Make Caramelized Instant Pot BBQ Chicken (Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken) in 3 Super Easy steps. Juicy tender BBQ Chicken bursting with sticky-smoky-sweet flavors. Delicious family recipe for busy nights!
Servings 4
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins


  • 6 - 8 (1230g or 2.5 - 3lbs) chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water



  • Add Water & Steamer Basket: Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water and (optional) 3 drops of liquid smoke in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Then, place a steamer basket in the pot.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken: Generously season both sides of chicken with salt and black pepper, then layer chicken on stainless steel steamer basket. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 8 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release.
  • Spice Up BBQ Sauce: If you are using store-bought BBQ sauce, add more depth of flavor with some garlic powder, onion powder, and white vinegar. For reference: we added ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, and ½ tbsp white vinegar to ⅓ cup Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. Please taste & adjust accordingly.
  • Apply BBQ Sauce to Chicken: Pat dry chicken and place them on an oven tray. Generously coat both sides of chicken with BBQ sauce.
  • Caramelize Instant Pot BBQ Chicken: Place BBQ Chicken under the broiler for 4 - 8 minutes until the BBQ chicken is browned & caramelized.



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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 574kcal


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 256mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 535mg | Vitamin A: 205IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.7mg