Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken

A bowl of shredded buffalo chicken.

This Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Recipe is exceptionally versatile and insanely easy to make. In fact, you only need three ingredients to make it. Plus, this rich, buttery, and spicy buffalo chicken recipe goes incredibly well in healthy low carb lettuce wraps, keto tacos, dips, and more! Not to mention, you can make it in more than just the Instant Pot. This recipe works great in your crock pot slow cooker, or just in a big pot on your stove top.



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

1 Cup (240g) Hot Sauce

¼ Cup (57g) Unsalted Butter 


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode.
  2. Add the butter and hot sauce to the bottom of your Instant Pot and use a spatula to work the butter into the hot sauce.
  3. Once the butter has combined into the sauce, remove half of the sauce, and set aside for later.
  4. Now add the chicken breasts - or thighs - to the Instant Pot In a single layer, and coat the chicken with the sauce that’s in the pot.
  5. Cook for 12 minutes on high pressure, then let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken to the cutting board and use two forks to shred it. 
  7. Stir the sauce on sauté mode for about 3-5 minutes to thicken it.
  8. Add the chicken back along with the rest of hot sauce and stir to coat.


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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