Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs


Fall-off-the-bone tender chicken thighs made in a multi-functional pressure cooker for those days when grilling is out of the question.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 pounds skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs

  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, divided


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Heat oil until hot. Add chicken thighs and cook until browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a plate.

  2. Pour chicken broth into the pot. Cook and scrape up brown bits with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot, about 1 minute. Turn off Instant Pot®. Add celery, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, and browned chicken thighs to the pot. Stir to combine.

  3. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 8 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler to low.

  5. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet and baste with remaining 1/2 cup barbecue sauce.

  6. Broil for 5 minutes or until crisp.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

505 Calories
27g Fat
23g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 505
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 857mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 519mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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