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Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken

This recipe for Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken yields deliciously tender shredded barbecue chicken with minimal effort! You can use it to make pulled chicken sandwiches, tacos, and salads.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Natural Pressure Release 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 256kcal



Optional Garnishes:


  • Drizzle the oil in the bottom of an Instant Pot. Add the chicken, stock, salt, black pepper, and BBQ sauce to the pot. Turn the pot on Manual, High Pressure for 10 minutes and then do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes.
  • Shred the chicken it with 2 forks or use a handheld electric mixer.
  • To thicken the sauce, turn the pot on Sauté and cook the chicken and sauce together until thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Top with any garnishes you like and serve.


  • Nutrition Information: Information was calculated with regular (not sugar-free) BBQ sauce, and without any of the optional garnishes.
  • BBQ Sauce: You can use your favorite homemade BBQ sauce or store-bought BBQ sauce for this recipe.
  • Freezer-Friendly: This recipe freezes very well; reheat it in a microwave or on the stovetop.


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.8mg