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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken (Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe) 3 Super Easy steps with a few pantry staples. Juicy tender BBQ Chicken bursting with sticky smoky-sweet flavors. Delicious family recipe for busy nights! #instantpot #pressurecooker #chicken #dinner #easy

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Recipe developed by Amy + Jacky

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!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Quick Meals
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq chicken, chicken recipes, instant pot, instant pot chicken, instant pot recipes, pressure cooker chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 574kcal


  • 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.



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

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