Instant Pot BBQ Shredded Chicken is a super easy recipe, perfect for beginners and a go-to when your grocery store trip is overdue. This is also one of my favorite Instant Pot recipes for feeding a crowd.
The Instant Pot can be intimidating when you first get one. It works differently than most of your other cooking appliances and it has a bunch of buttons.
It's super helpful to score a win early so that you get the full benefit of your Instant Pot. The more ingredients a recipe has, the harder it is to guarantee consistent results.
Add to that a wide variety of Instant Pot models and sizes, plus different ingredient brands, and you have a lot of variations in results. That's why you'll hear comments ranging from “Instant Pots are the best invention ever!” to “This thing is horrible and a complete waste of my money.”
I wanted to share a surefire, uncomplicated Instant Pot recipe to help IP users achieve an early success. Not only is it perfect for beginners, it's a great way to feed a crowd since you're only limited by the size of your Instant Pot.
How to Make Instant Pot BBQ Shredded Chicken
This Instant Pot BBQ Shredded Chicken is one of the easiest things you'll ever make in your Instant Pot. Just three ingredients and you just have to dump everything in and set the time!
You'll need four chicken breasts, a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce, and some water to help the pot come to pressure.
Pour everything into the pot.
Secure the lid on your pot and make sure the valve is set to sealing. Then, press “Manual” or “Pressure” (depending on your Instant Pot model).
Set the time for 15 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally, then carefully remove the lid and shred the chicken with two forks or a mixer. Serve on buns.
For sides, I really like coleslaw and baked beans. When I want to do something even easier, I serve these BBQ chicken sandwiches with potato chips and carrot or celery sticks.
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Instant Pot BBQ Shredded Chicken
Here is the recipe card with the exact measurements and detailed instructions so you can make your own Instant Pot BBQ Shredded Chicken.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 16 ounce bottle barbecue sauce
- ½ cup water
Add all ingredients to the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
Seal the lid of the pressure cooker and turn the valve to sealing.
Set the Instant Pot to manual 15 minutes high pressure, and then allow for a natural release to retain optimal moisture.
Remove the lid from the pressure cooker and use two forks to shred the chicken.