Great, easy, and fast BBQ pulled chicken in the Instant Pot®, no grilling needed! The grandchildren really enjoy this and ask for it often.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper in a bowl. Cut chicken into 3- to 4-inch pieces and place in a large resealable plastic bag. Sprinkle the salt mixture over the chicken in the bag. Seal the bag and shake to completely coat the chicken.

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  • Pour water into a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Place the wire rack into the pot. Arrange chicken on the rack. Close and lock the lid. Select Meat/Poultry function; set timer for 50 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes.

  • Transfer chicken to a bowl. Shred using 2 forks. Add 1/2 cup of liquid from the pot and liquid smoke; mix well. Serve on buns and top with barbeque sauce.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of sauce ingredients. The actual amount of sauce consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

282 calories; 5.1 g total fat; 59 mg cholesterol; 953 mg sodium. 31.2 g carbohydrates; 25.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2018
Turned out beautifully! One major change is that my Instant Pot recommends cooking chicken breast on the high pressure cooker setting for 6-8 minutes. So I only set the timer for 8 minutes but let the instant pot vent naturally (not quick vent) so the chicken was in the pot for a good 30-40 minutes total with building pressure cooking then venting & warming. The chicken so so moist and delicious. I will definitely be making this again. (Also I had some chicken broth to use up so I used that instead of water...not sure it would have made a difference either way. Next time I will try with just water.) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/26/2019
50 minutes is way longer than needed for shredded chicken. Manual 10 minutes is enough time to easily shred the chicken for this recipe. Read More
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2018
Turned out beautifully! One major change is that my Instant Pot recommends cooking chicken breast on the high pressure cooker setting for 6-8 minutes. So I only set the timer for 8 minutes but let the instant pot vent naturally (not quick vent) so the chicken was in the pot for a good 30-40 minutes total with building pressure cooking then venting & warming. The chicken so so moist and delicious. I will definitely be making this again. (Also I had some chicken broth to use up so I used that instead of water...not sure it would have made a difference either way. Next time I will try with just water.) Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2018
Turned out beautifully! One major change is that my Instant Pot recommends cooking chicken breast on the high pressure cooker setting for 6-8 minutes. So I only set the timer for 8 minutes but let the instant pot vent naturally (not quick vent) so the chicken was in the pot for a good 30-40 minutes total with building pressure cooking then venting & warming. The chicken so so moist and delicious. I will definitely be making this again. (Also I had some chicken broth to use up so I used that instead of water...not sure it would have made a difference either way. Next time I will try with just water.) Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2018
I haven't made this yet but I just wanted to add to the method. I cook 16 to 18 breasts at once in my Instant Pot. Afterwards I use a hand mixer to shred the chicken. Usually takes me about 3 minutes. Major time and wrist saver! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2018
This dish was okay personally I would give it 3 stars (hubs & 1 kid gave it 4 stars). It was lacking and missing something flavor wise maybe the addition of a pickled slaw or fried onions would compliment this sandwich. The author of the recipe should specify which instant pot or pressure cooker they used as instructions would vary. I have a 6 quart Lux Mini Instant Pot which does not have a poultry setting so the instructions were not quite accurate for me. In such a case omit the bottom rack add 1/4 c water (or no water if using frozen chicken) add the chicken after sealing the lid select the manual setting on the instant pot and set the timer for 12-15 minutes. Perfect shreddable chicken. Then follow the recipe as instructed allowing the instant pot to manually realize pressure for 10-15 minutes and using almost all of the liquid created. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2018
Wow this was the best pulled chicken I've ever tasted. I made 12 pounds of a mixture of chicken breasts and thighs for a Team christmas lunch of about 25 people. The seasonings are just perfect. I hesitated with the liquid smoke so took a batch of it separate from the rest to test. Very good. I used Wright's Hickory flavored liquid smoke. I plan to make this quite often just to have on hand. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2018
We've made this twice now. Great Recipe and very easy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2019
I used 4 lb. chicken doubled the spices and manualy pressure cooked only 10 minutes. Was perfect at that cooking time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2019
I liked it and so Did my family. It was simple and we had the ingredients on hand. We are also going to freeze leftovers and bring them camping. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2018
This is the first recipe I made using my Instant Pot. Mine doesn't have a poultry setting so I googled. Cooked on Manual 15 minutes. Came out pretty good. Chicken shredded really easily I used a hand mixer to shred the chicken quickly. Used Stubbs Spicy Barbecue sauce Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/15/2019
This was easy to make but not well received by the family. We felt it lacked flavor and tasted about the same as just making chicken and then throwing a ton of bbq sauce over it. If you have about 2 bottles of bbq to put on it it'll probably taste pretty good. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/26/2019
50 minutes is way longer than needed for shredded chicken. Manual 10 minutes is enough time to easily shred the chicken for this recipe. Read More