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Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken bbq

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: chicken recipes, Instant Pot Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy bbq pulled chicken, pressure cooker bbq chicken, pulled bbq chicken, thighs shredded barbecue chicken
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 419kcal
Author: Rose


  • 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs or Breast
  • 2 Tbsp 32g Vegetable or Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder - only if you like it hot
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce of Your Choice


  • Dry Ingredients: Take your dry ingredients and mix in a bowl. Then cover the chicken in the oil before adding the bbq seasoning blend. Stir to well so that the skinless chicken thighs are coated well.
  • Cooking: Set the electric pressure cooker's sauté function to high. When hot shows, add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes on one side before flipping and cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side.
  • BBQ Sauce: Add your bbq sauce and again mix the chicken around to cover and get some sauce onthe bottom of the pot so that it can clean any burnt portions off before cooking. Pressure cook in the Instant Pot for 5 minutes on high pressure with a quick release pressure.
  • Shred: Transfer the cooked chicken to a bowl ready to shred before going back in the sauce.
  • Reduce: While you are shredding the chicken set the instant pot to saute again and reduce the bbq sauce a little for extra flavor.
  • Broil: This is Optional.  Broil in your oven for a short time to make crispy - put the chicken on parchment paper on a tray - watch it after 3 minutes to make sure it does not burn.


If you use a thicker cut of chicken like breast increase the cooking time by 2 minutes


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 1163mg | Potassium: 713mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 792IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg