Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is easy to make with chicken breasts, directly from the freezer or refrigerator, plus a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Use it to make different recipes throughout the week, from pasta for dinner, to wraps for lunch!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is easy to make with chicken breasts, directly from the freezer or refrigerator, plus a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Use it to make different recipes throughout the week, from pasta for dinner, to wraps for lunch!

The very first recipe I posted after joining the Instant Pot revolution in January was a simple recipe for Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken. Seriously it’s buffalo sauce + chicken y’all, so simple! The thing I love about it is that you can make a big ol’ Instant Pot of it at the beginning of the week and use it for different recipes throughout the week.

With everything from Buffalo Chicken Taco Cups to Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne, it’s like you’re getting an entirely new meal every night, but made in no time with the Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken you made earlier in the week!

I now took this concept and made Instant Pot BBQ Chicken. Same simple two ingredient recipe, chicken breasts + bbq sauce, made into so many meal possibilities throughout the week!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is easy to make with chicken breasts, directly from the freezer or refrigerator, plus a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Use it to make different recipes throughout the week, from pasta for dinner, to wraps for lunch!

Can you cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot?

Yes! For this BBQ Chicken recipe, I took chicken breasts straight from the freezer and added them to the Instant Pot with the BBQ sauce. Using the poultry setting on the Instant Pot, the chicken was cooked completely through, tender and perfect for shredding!

Instant Pot Chicken for Beginners

This Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is perfect for beginners. It’s literally two steps, add chicken and bbq sauce to instant pot, cover and press the poultry button to cook.

Instant Pot Chicken for Wraps

This Instant Pot BBQ Chicken, as well as the Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken I mentioned earlier, are both perfect for adding to wraps for a quick and easy lunch that both kids and adults will love!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is easy to make with chicken breasts, directly from the freezer or refrigerator, plus a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Use it to make different recipes throughout the week, from pasta for dinner, to wraps for lunch!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

For every pound of chicken, you’ll want to add ¾ cup of bbq sauce to the Instant Pot. For this recipe, I used two pounds of chicken and 1 ½ cups bbq sauce.

Depending on how many recipes you want to prep for the week, you might want to make more chicken. Each pound of chicken will yield approximately 3 cups of shredded bbq chicken. I’ve listed how many cups of bbq chicken you’ll need for each recipe below. You can use this guide to determine how much Instant Pot BBQ Chicken you’ll need to make for a weekly menu of bbq chicken goodness!

What to make with Instant Pot BBQ Chicken:

  1. BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese
    • You’ll need: 2 cups bbq chicken
    • Serves 4-6
    • Time to make: 20 minutes
  2. BBQ Chicken Salad Sliders – great for summer BBQ’s, picnics or beach days!
    • You’ll need: 2 cups bbq chicken
    • Serves 12 sliders
    • Time to make: 10 minutes
  3. BBQ Chicken Peach Cheddar Quesadillas
    • You’ll need: 2 cups bbq chicken (sub for the grilled BBQ chicken)
    • Serves 4
    • Time to make: 45 minutes
  4. Baked Spaghetti with BBQ Chicken & Bacon
    • You’ll need: 2 cups bbq chicken
    • Serves 4-6
    • Time to make: 45 minutes
  5. Instant Pot Baked BBQ Chicken Ranch Wraps (recipe coming soon!)
    • You’ll need: 2 cups bbq chicken
    • Serves 4
    • Time to make: 20 minutes
  6. Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Pizza
    • You’ll need: 1 cup bbq chicken
    • Serves 4
    • Time to make: 29 minutes
    • Recipe: Start with your favorite dough, top with 1 cup of bbq chicken, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and sliced red onions, bake for 15 minutes at 400°F, top with fresh cilantro.
  7. Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Tacos
    • You’ll need: 2 cups bbq chicken
    • Serves 4
    • Time to make: 10 minutes
    • Recipe: Add the Instant Pot BBQ Chicken to your favorite corn or flour tortillas or crunchy taco shells with shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes. Drizzle with ranch dressing if you’d like.

With these 7 handy recipes, you’ve got a recipe for every day of the week to make for lunch or dinner!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is easy to make with chicken breasts, directly from the freezer or refrigerator, plus a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Use it to make different recipes throughout the week, from pasta for dinner, to wraps for lunch!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is easy to make with chicken breasts, directly from the freezer or refrigerator, plus a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Use it to make different recipes throughout the week, from pasta for dinner, to wraps for lunch!
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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is easy to make with chicken breasts, directly from the freezer or refrigerator, plus a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Use it to make different recipes throughout the week, from pasta for dinner, to wraps for lunch!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 cups bbq chicken
Calories 269 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 12 oz BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken and bbq sauce to an Instant Pot. 

  2. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the steam release is set to “sealing”.

  3. Press the poultry button and allow the chicken to pressure cook.

  4. When the Instant Pot beeps 3 times, it's done cooking. Wait 15 minutes for the Instant Pot to cool down before removing the lid.

  5. Once the lid is removed, shred the chicken with two forks and toss with the bbq sauce.

  6. Remove from the Instant Pot and serve immediately with your favorite bbq chicken recipe, or place in a plastic container in the refrigerator for later use.