I don’t hate cooking, I just hate that it’s a daily chore. In a busy family, there are dozens of things that need to get done each day and getting dinner on the table just becomes another one of those tasks that must be done.
The last thing I want to do is sit down to the table with my family irritated or distracted. That’s why I’m always looking for ways to make dinner faster and easier — recipes that don’t take a lot of time and effort that my family will enjoy eating.
This Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is a clear winner in my book. Simple, delicious, and quick.
How to Make Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
One of the reasons I LOVE my Instant Pot is that it is so easy and allows me to prepare so many meals in ONE pot! This Instant Pot BBQ chicken recipe is no exception.
Step One – Sauté
Since we won’t be grilling or broiling our drum sticks, we need to brown them to give them a nice, crisp coat. Sauté them in the Instant Pot with the onions, garlic powder and seasoned salt.
Step Two – Sauce
Once the onions are translucent and the chicken thighs are browned, coat the chicken in BBQ sauce.
Step Three – Pressure Cook
Add 1/4 cup of water. Now, just secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. When it’s done cooking, quick release the pressure. Serve warm.
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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe
This recipe should serve a family of 4, assuming two of them are kids. If you have older kids like I do, you will probably need to double the recipe. I literally just double ALL of the ingredients and cook it for the same amount of time.
- 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 8 Chicken Drum Sticks
- 1 large Onion Finely Chopped
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
- 1 Cup Reduced Fat BBQ Sauce
- 1/4 cup water
Sauté olive oil, chicken, onions, garlic powder, and seasoned salt for 5 minutes.
Change instant pot function to meat/stew setting set timer for 12 minutes.
Add BBQ sauce and distribute evenly. Add water.
Be sure that steam is on sealing not venting before locking lid.
Allow to cook for 12 minutes.
Reduce steam to venting and turn off.
Weight Watchers Freestyle = 8 Points Per Serving if using a Zero Point BBQ Sauce
More Instant Pot Recipes
If you liked this recipe for Instant Pot BBQ Chicken, you might enjoy some of our other family favorites.
As I mentioned, I’m slightly obsessed with my Instant Pot. I’m slowly converting my family’s recipes for the Instant Pot. Some of our favorites so far are: