This Instant Pot BBQ chicken is deeelish on sandwiches, salads, BBQ plates, you name it. Super quick and easy to make, this dish is a staple for your backyard summer BBQs.BBQ chicken sandwich with pickles and a side of cole slaw

Remember that time we blinked and it was already Memorial Day weekend? Yeah, me too. Well, here we are. The official kickoff of summer, at least that’s how I like to think about MDW. This holiday weekend is going to be one we’ll probably never forget as we’re moving into our first home!! Considering we’ll be busy packing, moving boxes and unpacking this weekend, I’m thinking we’re going to need a very simple BBQ recipe to celebrate Memorial Day with. Because I’m tired and sweating already just thinking about the move. 

BBQ chicken cooking in instant pot

Enter the beloved Instant Pot. Perfect for when you’re craving BBQ flavor but without all the hassle. And let’s be real, if you’re entertaining this weekend or heading to a potluck, why create more work for yourself? I was so pleased with how seriously easy this recipe turned out to be. Throw in your chicken, add a few spices, toss in some BBQ sauce, secure the lid on, and you’re done! 

Scoop of BBQ chicken

This chicken has such good flavor. You get all that smokey, sweet and spicy that we love out of BBQ without it marinating for hours. I used Trader Joe’s Kansas City BBQ Sauce (it’s one of my faves) but use whatever your go-to store-bought BBQ sauce is. If you have your own homemade BBQ sauce you like to make, by all means, be my guest, but I’m tryna keep this easy, remember? Moving? Yeah, so store-bought it is. 

Two plates of BBQ chicken sandwiches with a side of cole slaw

Serve these babies up on sliders for a Memorial Day weekend partay or on sandwiches for a family din. Delicious served with coleslaw on the side (or right on top bc you live on the wild side) and ALL THE PICKLES. This BBQ pulled chicken would also be awesome on top of salad for a protein or alongside some mac n’ cheese and collard greens for a BBQ plate. You do what calls to you.

BBQ chicken sandwich with a bite missing Print

Easy Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

  • Author: Kara @ The Foodie Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x


This Instant Pot BBQ chicken is deeelish on sandwiches, salads, BBQ plates, you name it. Super quick and easy to make, this dish is a staple for your backyard summer BBQs.



  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thigh
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce
  • Optional for serving: buns, coleslaw, pickles


  1. Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot and stir to combine.
  2. Secure lid onto Instant Pot. Close the steam vent (should be on sealing). Set to high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow natural pressure release for 10-15 minutes.
  3. After 10-15 minutes, use quick release valve to release steam.
  4. Once pressure is released, open lid and stir chicken.
  5. Using two forks or a hand mixer, shred chicken.
  6. For sandwiches, serve on top of buns with coleslaw and pickles.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Keywords: BBQ, chicken, barbecue, Instant Pot

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  1. Joby

    What brand BBQ sauce do you use?

  2. I absolutely love bbq chicken sandwiches and this one is mouth watering!