Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken

by Lisa Douglas
Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken
Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken Recipe

The other day, I was craving barbecue chicken real bad. It’s got to be one of my most favorite chicken dishes, but it was a particularly hot day and I didn’t want to go into a whole huge deal to make it. Sometimes, you want it uncomplicated, like I did. You just want it easy, you know? And that’s where this Instant Pot pulled barbecue chicken recipe comes into play – because it’s uncomplicated, easy, and you can effortlessly double or triple this recipe for future meals.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - ready to eat

Plus, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to use the oven AT ALL in the summertime. I want dinner to be prepared in alternate ways, but there’s only so many times you can use your grill without getting bored. Break out the slow cooker and Instant Pot, baby! Go with an easy salad or slaw for your side dish, y’know?

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken

Summer + easy recipes, baby. The less effort, the better. I love how you can easily double or triple this for the future, too. And with all the leftovers, perhaps create a pulled barbecue chicken wrap? Or leave it cold for a pulled barbecue chicken salad with ranch on top? Yum!

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - ready

To make this Instant Pot pulled barbecue chicken awesomeness, let’s break out our cast of characters for the recipe. Chicken, check. Fave barbecue sauce, check. Water, check. Seasonings in a bowl, check.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - ingredients ready

Find a comfy yet small area out of the way for your workspace, too. Less complicated doesn’t have to mean a ton of cleanup, y’know? Working right near your Instant Pot will work just nicely.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - ingredients

Let’s get those seasonings all together in the bowl like so. I’m all about the seasoning, baby.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - spices

Get ’em all niiiice and mixed up so you can fancy-up your chicken breasts. It isn’t just barbecue sauce, y’know.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - seasonings mixture

Sprinkle generously on each breast, but evenly. Once bowl is empty, rub those seasonings into each of the chicken breasts.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - season the chicken

They should be nice and coated when you’re finished!

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - seasoned chicken

Now, add your wire rack to your Instant Pot…

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - pot rack

… and then pour water in.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - water

Place your chicken breasts one at a time on the rack inside the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - adding the chicken

You don’t need to space ’em out, just stick ’em on in there, and set the pressure valve to “sealing.”

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - chicken in the pot

Then, set your Instant Pot to “manual.”

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - set the time

Set the time for 25 minutes.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - time set

And WALA! 25 minutes later, beautifully seasoned chicken is ready for a-shreddin’!

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - cooked chicken

Place your chicken breasts in your seasoning bowl and, with two forks, shred shred shred!

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - shred the chicken

Shred ’em up reeeeeeeal nice.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - shredded chicken

Drain a bit of the juices from the Instant Pot, then add barbecue sauce into the remaining juices.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - pour barbecue

Add in your shredded chicken so you can mix ’em.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - mix the chicken

Stir stir stir, get it real good and mixed. The better you shredded earlier, the saucier it tastes. Yum!

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - mixed barbecue chicken

Take spoonfuls and place onto your sandwich buns.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken -barbecue chicken on the bun

Look at that barbecue chicken deliciousness, omgahhhh!

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - chicken on the bun

Go ahead, drizzle a bit more barbecue sauce on there. I do. I always do. #teambarbecue #canneverhaveenough

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken with slaw

I’m #teambarbecue and believe you can NEVER have too much. I mean, I need it DRIPPING off my sandwich, man.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken - ready to serve

I just.. I’m in love, you guys. Not just with this sandwich, but with this Instant Pot, too.

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken with cole slaw

What are your favorite Instant Pot recipes? This is DEFINITELY one of mine. I hope you enjoy it, too! 🙂

Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Check out my other barbecue recipes, too!

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken with slaw

Instant Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken

This Instant Pot pulled barbecue chicken recipe is as easy as it is delicious and you can effortlessly double or triple this recipe for future meals.
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Course: Dinner, Entree, lunch
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix together salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper into a bowl.
  • Using your hands, rub seasoning over the chicken on both sides.
  • Place wire rack in your Instant Pot.
  • Pour water into the pot.
  • Add chicken breasts.
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and set the pressure valve to “sealing”
  • Touch the manual button and cook at high pressure for 25 minutes.
  • Once the timer goes off use the quick release to release the pressure.
  • Once the pressure is fully released, take the chicken out.
  • Using two forks, gently shred the chicken.
  • Take ½ cup of leftover juices from the Instant Pot and set aside. Dump the rest out.
  • Put the ½ cup juice back in the pot with your BBQ sauce. Mix well. Add shredded chicken and mix until well coated.
  • Serve warm on a bun with cole slaw!
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