Instant Pot BBQ Chicken 3 Ways

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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken 3 Ways

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is the way to go if you spent Memorial Day weekend at the pool or lake, in under 12 minutes you can have tasty Barbecue.

Hey guys, I just recently got a brand new Instant Pot. I was so excited when the UPS guy delivered it directly to my door, I was on the phone with my sister in-law and she can totally attest to my sheer excitement. Heck she was pretty excited for me, and immediately started to give me her favorite recipes she had gathered since getting hers at Christmas.  At the moment I am still a newbie and just starting to learn all of the functions and operations of this fancy machine, I have to say that I am not a pro…. yet. I can say with out a doubt, that I am pretty sure that me and my new Instant Pot are going to be the the best of friends. 

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Instant Pot JENRON DESIGNSLike I mentioned above, it can cook things in amazing amounts of time. While I absolutely love my husband’s BBQ chicken from the The Big Green Egg, I can tell you it is a labor of love and takes some planning and time. If you find yourself short on time but still want to eat things with big bold flavors than this might be the answer you are looking for. In 12 minutes you can have tender pulled BBQ chicken fresh from your Insta Pot. After a full day on the lake or in the sun at the pool this might be the easiest way to go.Instant Pot Settings JENRON DESIGNSOne of the first tricks or hacks I have learned with my Insta Pot is that if you saute’ with it prior to starting the Pressure Cooking method, it takes a lot less time to heat up to temp. So for my BBQ Chicken Recipe I usually add sautéed onions and garlic to to the meat when I pull it, but with my handy dandy Insta Pot it saves me a step and a pan.Instant Pot BBQ Onions JENRON DESIGNSI sautéed one onion and 2 tbls. of chopped garlic, in 2 tbls of Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil. I like the extra heat that the green chili oil adds to my BBQ sauce. Layering the flavors like this will really adds some depth to your cooking.Instant Pot BBQ Chicken JENRON DESIGNSNext, I prepare the chicken breasts with our favorite dry rub, from Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q one of the finest local joints here in town. My husband refuses to use anything else, he is 100% brand loyal in this one.Instant Pot BBQ Chicken and sauce JENRON DESIGNSNext, we added our chicken breasts. Which in hindsight, I would recommend cutting them into large chunks.  Then cover them with 1 1/2 cups of sauce,  this can be homemade or store bought, your choice. This is where the magic of Insta Pot happens. Literally in 12 minutes it was done. Instant Pot Cook Time JENRON DESIGNSAll you do is wait for the steam to slowly release, which is why I chose to do this on my stove with the exhaust fan on, to avoid any possible steam rings on the ceiling over time.  Then the next step is to shred up the chicken. I highly recommend a pair of the meat claws, Cuisinart Meat Pulling/Shredding Claws, they are great for pulled pork, carnitas, barbacoa, and chicken. Instant Pot BBQ Claws JENRON DESIGNS Then add your reserve sauce, you can use the sauce from the Instant Pot, but I found that the cooking process thins it out a lot. So, you would need to thicken it back up or add it into the reserve sauce. Instant Pot BBQ JENRON DESIGNSSo now dinner is already for an easy BBQ chicken plate or sandwich. I tend to get a little creative with mine like this loaded baked potato topped with BBQ chicken, corn and scallions. You can also check out my recipe for:Cowboy Nachos,which would also be a great dish with the leftovers, if you have any.

Instant Pot BBQ Loaded Potatoes JENRON DESIGNS
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5 from 4 votes

Loaded BBQ Chicken Potato

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 lbs BBQ Chicken prepared
  • 4 Baking Potatos
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup bacon cooked/crumbled
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup scallions
  • 4 tbls butter
  • 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar cheese shredded


  • Prepare Baking potato by washing skins and placing in a glass baking dish for microwaving. Be sure to poke holes with a fork in all potatoes prior to microwaving. 
  • Top with butter, salt and pepper to taste
  • Add two scoops of BBQ Chicken, top with cheese, corn, bacon, and scallions. Drizzle with BBQ sauce.  

Instant Pot BBQ Potatoes Dinner JENRON DESIGNSIn review, after really starting to use my Instant Pot this is the perfect item for a college student, where we used to use hot plates and microwaves. It would also be great for camping trips, dorm rooms Tiny Homes or RV’s.Instant Pot BBQ Loaded Potatoes JENRON DESIGNSAlso be sure to check out more of our great Instant Pot recipes at the 5 Quick Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners post. We have some really great ones your won’t want to miss like my Seafood Paella and Homemade Chicken & Quinoa Soup. Here is one more great BBQ recipe you have to try, my Southern Style BBQ Chicken Tacos! These are truly amazing and one of our all time favorite taco Tuesday dishes!

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Southern Style BBQ Chicken Tacos

Servings 3 4
Calories 196kcal


  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 sweet onion chopped, (Vidalia onion)
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 Tbs Foxx Bros BBQ Spice Rub
  • 2 Bottles Foxx Bros BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Bag Misson Mini Flour Street Tortillas
  • 1 Box Farm Rich Frozen Fried Pickles (perfect in ninja air fryer)
  • 1 4 oz Goat Cheese Crumbles
  • 1 Can French's Fried Onion Straws


  • Set your Instant Pot to Sauté, Add olive and chopped onions, sweat until translucent about 10 minutes.
  • Coat chicken breast with spice rub and add to Instant Pot on top of onions. Top with 1 cup of sauce. 
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and set to high-pressure cook for 18 minutes. 
  • Place Fried pickles on a baking sheet in oven for 10-15 minutes
  • Allow Instant Pot to cool and decompress before opening. Remove chicken and shred meat, in a shallow pan coat all meat with remaining sauce, you may need to open the additional bottle at this point.  
  • Load Tortillas with pulled chicken, top with a crumbled slice of goat cheese, extra BBQ Sauce, Fried pickles and Onion Straws. Meal suggestions: serve with a side salad & ranch, refried beans or Texas caviar and chips. 

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Also check out a few of my favorite Instant Pot accessories below like this great storage cover and the wooden Bamboo Spurtles from my friend Debbie, aka Debbiedoos over at Home Pressure . I have also become a weekly guest writer over there for Instant Pot and Airfryer recipes, so be sure to check out her great stuff and all of my fun recipes too!

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  1. Jubilee Meyer

    This looks so good I have to try it!

  2. Becky

    Definitely have to try this recipe, especially with the baked potato! I have never tried that before.

  3. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    Thank you for the tips Jen. So glad you liked your Insta Pot we love ours too! Got to try the potato tip soon!

  4. Looks delicious! I so wish I had an instant pot! Soon. They seem like a meal lifesaver! I need that in my life! I love that you put your shredded bbq chicken on a potato! Yumm! Thanks for the recipe! Love it!

  5. Yum! just getting to know my Instapot. This looks like a good recipe to start with.

  6. This looks great! I’m always looking for new recipes for my boyfriend and I! And i love cooking in the crockpot! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  7. This looks so yummy! And really makes me want an Insta Pot.

  8. Melanie I was skeptical at first since I am not really a big crock pot fan, but the speed at which it can cook things is truly amazing.

  9. It was super easy and perfect for a rainy holiday weekend when no one wanted to be out grilling in the rain. Insta Pot saved the day, LOL!

  10. Thanks Jenna we love to mix things up over here. 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    Wow!! This looks so delicious & simple to make (my kind of meal!) Definitely will have to check back to this recipe next week when I throw a graduation BBQ!!

  12. Valerie it would be perfect for a graduation party! Especially to offer a secondary option that may not be able to fit on the grill with the rest of your menu, since BBQ would cook low and slow, verses burgers and dogs.

  13. Angela Hoyos

    5 stars
    yummmmy! I make something similar with a crock pot but this sounds like a time-saving alternative. I make these great pulled chicken, Tinga tacos. Love anything that is slow cooked in a pot!

  14. Yum Chicken Tinga Tacos sound great I need to get that recipe from you. 🙂

  15. 5 stars
    I love instant pot meals. Very easy and convenient. Great recipe.

  16. This looks so good. Love cooking with my Instant Pot when the weather is warm!

  17. I’m not the best cook but this looks too delicious not to try!

  18. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! I have this page bookmarked and will be trying this recipe out ASAP!

  19. the cheap jordan’s

    Oh I am excited that you have a InstaPot I can not wait to see what you come up with the holiday season.

  20. Darla

    You are a very clever person, I saw this on Pinterest and clicked over I hope you add more Insta Recipes to your site.

  21. Hey Darla thanks for dropping by, I plan to add several new InstaPot Recipes soon so be sure to check back or subscribe for updates 🙂

  22. Terry Haide

    Oh this is a great idea for a quick week nigh barbecue when you do not want to fire up the grill. Thank You.

  23. Urban Farmgirl

    Yum I love a good barbecue chicken recipe and you options to make nachos, or add it top a potato are glorious!

  24. Katie Moore

    This is a perfect way to make a quick weeknight barbecue without having to fired up the grill. My family love barbecue on everything I may need to get a Instapot, because that it so fast!

  25. Beverly Womack

    I love a one pot recipe that is easy and creates leftovers, thank you!

  26. The Wooly Farmhouse

    Yum we have a BBQ place that calls this a pig in the potato patch, which I love. Great idea to used check with this recipe to mix it up and make it a little bit healthier… for BBQ.

  27. Addison Wheeler

    Perfect timing on these Instapot posts with back to school, they will be a life saver during the week.

  28. Home at Mimi’s

    Ollie loves his southern style bbq, maybe I can get him to try it on a baked potato, it looks really good that way and can add more goodies to the top.

  29. The Blue Arrow

    I love the ideas to add this a potato topper it is a easy to make a meal with a vegetable base.

  30. Khatri

    Oh this looks so good and really love how fast it cooks, I may need to get a instapot I am hearing so many great signs about them, especially for rice cookers.

  31. Land of Nod

    Oh my guys love them some barbecue and I love that your used chicken, that makes me a happy mama. Great ideas for other ways to to utilize it for meals too!

  32. eugene.betty

    Saw this Pin and wanted to get the recipe, you have a great site, keep up the good work!

  33. The Delightful Farmhouse

    This one looks great too, I decided to link over and check it out too, since my family loves barbecue chicken, such great uses for it too, love it as a potato topping.

  34. Just wanted to check the original base recipe and I love that your used a potato for the base this time but I still the the tacos are your bast yet!

  35. sunshine and daisies

    Love this recipe the the others your listed on the previous post too, what a perfect way to celebrate easy weeknight dinners!

  36. I linked over to see the barbecue post too, since my daughter loves it and it makes a great team dinner too.

  37. Diva? Oh Yeah

    You know how I love me some BBQ, this will be a staple in the InstaPot!

  38. Southern Sassyfrass

    Love me some quick Instapot ‘Cue perfect for a weeknight dinner 😉 for this busy girl on the go.

  39. Amy @ Her Faith

    This would be perfect for backup barbecue at our church cookouts, we could make it quickly and then keep it warm in a crockpot. Great idea.

  40. Corrine Black

    I love BBQ and this recipe is perfect since I just got a insta pot for college. Thanks!

  41. Mary Henry

    I love my insta pot and all the things I can cook in it. I am adding this recipe to my board on Pinterest I hope it brings you some traffic, thanks for sharing.

  42. I do not have a Instapot but maybe I should get one this looks great.

  43. I love a good Instapot recipe, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner when you are in a hurry.

  44. Carol@BlueskyatHome

    I think my Instapot has become my favorite kitchen appliance I use it all the time, usually as a rice cooker but I may try it for barbecue this winter.

  45. Teri Leigh

    Saw this on Pinterest I love my IP and use it daily.

  46. Lt. Buckner

    Oh I love barbecue, and I really like that it is fast and flavorful. That makes it even better.

  47. 3+4 Chest of Drawers

    Interesting recipe idea for a quick dinner, I must try it out.

  48. Karen Baro

    Perfect for tailgating season, which is almost here!

  49. Paulette

    This is a great insta pot recipe nice share!

  50. cathy stoia

    I was looking for an easy tailgate bbq without all the hassle of the grill. Great option, love the recipes too.

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