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It's so easy to make shredded BBQ chicken in the Instant Pot, and it only takes 30 minutes in total. You will love this simple electric pressure cooker pulled chicken recipe. The sandwiches are amazing!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

This Instant Pot BBQ chicken recipe makes perfectly shredded chicken without having to turn on your grill. This recipe is only 30 minutes start to finish!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot BBQ chicken, Instant Pot pulled chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Inactive time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 sandwiches


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 (10 fluid ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional but tasty)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce or to taste

 For serving (optional):


  • Whisk together the chicken broth, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke in a bowl until combined.
  • Add the chicken breasts to your Instant Pot. Pour the chicken broth mixture over top.
  • Close the Instant Pot's lid, set the valve to "sealing", and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for it to get up to pressure.
  • Once the countdown has finished, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then carefully do a quick pressure release for the remaining pressure.
  • Add the chicken to a large bowl and shred it with 2 forks. If you wish, add in a couple of spoonfuls of the liquid left in the Instant Pot. Add your BBQ sauce and toss until coated.
  • I like to serve the pulled chicken in buns. 


  • You can add more chicken breasts if you wish - 2 more would have easily fit in the Instant Pot.
  • The number of sandwiches this makes obviously depends how much you stuff them, but I could have easily made 8 sandwiches from the 4 chicken breasts. 
  • I use this 6-quart Instant Pot.