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Instant Pot® Pulled Chicken

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"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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1 h 20 m servings 282
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. Pour water into a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)). 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.
  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes.
  4. 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

Per Serving: 282 calories; 5.1 31.2 25.8 59 953 Full nutrition

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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...

We've made this twice now. Great Recipe and very easy.

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 w...

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 ...

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 ...