Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe

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Get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with this easy Instant Pot BBQ Chicken recipe! Chicken breasts are dry rubbed with a bold blend of spices before being pressure cooked to tender perfection and served with sticky BBQ sauce. This is my go-to quick and easy way to make BBQ chicken!

bbq chicken breasts made in instant pot

Why I love this Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

This easy BBQ chicken recipe is a family favorite in my house! Here’s why I can always count on it:

  • Quick: It takes minutes to prep this recipe before cooking it in the Instant Pot. It’s ready to serve in less than 30 minutes!
  • Kid-friendly: This is such a great recipe that my whole family loves. Even my picky eaters will love it!
  • One Pot: Everything is cooked right in the pressure cooker, so clean up is a breeze.

Can I make this with chicken thighs?

I prefer to make this recipe with chicken breasts as that’s more popular in my house, but you can make this with thighs too.

You shouldn’t have to adjust the timing as we do a natural pressure release, but double check that they are fully cooked through.

ingredients for instant pot bbq chicken

How to Store and Reheat

Leftovers will stay fresh when covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. The chicken can be reheated in the oven at 350°F or sliced cold and served with salads. I love having leftover barbecue chicken to use up!

How to Freeze

You can freeze cooked BBQ chicken for up to 3 months! Just make sure it’s fully cooled to room temperature prior to freezing.

instant pot bbq chicken breast on plate with broccoli and potato wedges

Tips and Notes

It’s so important to let the Instant Pot do a natural release! If you try to quick release it, the chicken may not cook all the way through.

Top Reader Review

“Amazing recipe! Was absolutely delicious. The chicken was very moist and tender. The quick prep and cook time is a huge plus.” – Penny Irby

bbq chicken breasts made in instant pot

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe

Get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes with this Instant Pot BBQ chicken recipe! Perfectly sweet, tangy and sticky this BBQ chicken breast recipe is a keeper!


  • Combine the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small dish. Rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the spice mixture on the chicken breasts, fully coating them.

    1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • Add the remaining olive oil to the Instant Pot. Press the Sauté button. Once the oil is heated, brown the chicken breasts, two at a time, on each side for 2 minutes.

  • Press the Cancel button. Add in the broth and ½ cup BBQ sauce and stir. Add in the chicken breasts.

    1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, 1½ cups BBQ sauce

  • Press the Manual button and set the timer for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.

  • Remove the chicken breasts from the Instant Pot. Brush with remaining BBQ sauce until coated to your liking.


  • Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release. If you quick release it, the chicken may not be fully cooked through.

Storage: Store instant pot BBQ chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 350°F oven or slice cold and serve with salads.

Nutrition Facts

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 427
Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Trans Fat 0.01g

Polyunsaturated Fat 2g

Monounsaturated Fat 9g

Cholesterol 72mg24%

Sodium 1869mg81%

Potassium 787mg22%

Carbohydrates 47g16%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 36g40%

Protein 27g54%

Vitamin A 1121IU22%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Calcium 59mg6%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to make Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Step by Step

Season the chicken: Combine 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a small dish. Rub 1 tbsp olive oil and spice mixture all over 4 chicken breasts to coat them.

bbq seasoned chicken breasts on plate

Pressure cook the chicken: Add remaining olive oil to the Instant Pot. Press the sauté button. Once the oil is heated, brown the chicken breasts on each side for 2 minutes. Hit the cancel button, then add in 1 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup BBQ sauce. Stir, then add chicken breasts. Press the manual button and set timer for 10 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes.

bbq chicken breasts in instant pot

Serve with more sauce: Coat as much additional BBQ sauce on your chicken as you’d like. Serve and enjoy!

sliced bbq chicken breast on plate with broccoli and potato wedges


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