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instant pot pulled bbq chicken sandwich

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken

This easy recipe for Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken is a summertime favorite! This one-pot barbecue chicken can be served on top of a salad, in a sandwich, or plain. Barbecue chicken is tender, juice, and so flavorful. Best of all, it’s ready in 35 minutes.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3-4 pieces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup prepared BBQ Sauce


  1. Place the trivet inside a 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker.
  2. Add the water and then place the chicken on top of the trivet. Lock on the lid and set the time to 10 minutes.
  3. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes. Then, use the quick-release to get rid of any remaining pressure.
  4. Carefully remove the lid and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the chicken.
  5. Then, remove the trivet from the pot and discard the liquid.
  6. Add the shredded chicken back to the pot and pour in the BBQ sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  7. Stir to combine and serve hot.


  1. If you want to double or triple this recipe, you don’t have to double the amount of water you use.
  2. If you’re on a gluten-free diet, be sure to look for prepared BBQ sauce that is gluten-free.
  3. The total cooking time includes approximately 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. The total time also includes 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
  4. Store any leftovers in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  5. The nutrition information for this recipe is approximate and will vary depending on what type of BBQ sauce you use.

Keywords: pressure cooker bbq chicken, instant pot bbq chicken, instant pot gluten-free chicken