Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe | Great With Chicken Breasts, Thighs, or Even Frozen Chicken

BBQ Shredded Chicken in a grey bowl topped with fresh herbs next to a grey napkin, and a fork.

5 from 2 reviews

This Instant Pot BBQ chicken is the ultimate one-pot chicken recipe! It's tangy, smoky, and has just a hint of sweet heat to it. Whether you're making this as a healthy low carb keto dinner option for the family, or just for meal prep it's sure to be a hit! Plus, this BBQ shredded chicken is so easy to make takes just 20 minutes to put it together.


2 Lbs. (907g) Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs, Trimmed

1/3 Cup (78mL) Chicken Broth

1 1/2 Cups (400g) Homemade BBQ Sauce, or Storebought

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Homemade BBQ Sauce:

4oz (112g) Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Cup (100g) Brown Swerve

2/3 Cup (160g) Sugar Free Ketchup

2 Tbsps (30g) Liquid Aminos

1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

Pinch of Garlic Salt

Pinch of Onion Powder

Pinch of Paprika

Splash of Hot Sauce


  1. Make the BBQ sauce ahead of time. Bring the ingredients to a boil in a small pot and simmer until it thickens up.
  2. Place chicken breasts into the Instant Pot, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the chicken broth, and 1 cup of the BBQ sauce. Don't stir.
  4. Cook for 12 minutes on high pressure, then let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes.
  5. Use two forks to shred the chicken, and mix into the sauce.
  6. Add the rest of the BBQ, and serve.


Make sure chicken is placed FLAT in the Instant Pot.

If cooking frozen chicken breasts you’ll need to add 3-5 minutes of cook-time depending on the size of your breasts. If they are below 2.5” thick opt for 3 minutes, and if they’re above, 5 minutes.

Other Cooking Options:

For the Crockpot or other slow cookers, sauté the sauce in another pot if you don't have a sauté option. Then, you can cook the chicken for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.

For the stovetop, use a large pot with a lid. The cooking time will be about 45 minutes.

Oh, and if you have a stovetop pressure cooker, you can follow this recipe exactly as stated.


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