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BBQ Chicken sandwich

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken

Delicious tender chicken seasoned with BBQ dry rub and cooked in the Instant Pot, pulled and shredded and mixed with your favorite BBQ sauce!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Instant Pot
Keyword bbq pulled chicken instant pot, instant pot bbq chicken, instant pot bbq chicken breast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Pressure and Natural Release Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches


  • Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker


  • 1.5-2 lbs fresh - boneless skinless chicken breast each breast cut into 4 pieces (see frozen chicken notes below)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp each - onion powder & garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves crushed or smashed
  • BBQ Sauce - your favorite brand or flavor


  • Buns


  • Mix the BBQ dry rub in a small bowl - 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt , 1 tsp black pepper , 1/2 tsp onion powder , 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika.
  • Sprinkle the dry rub on all sides of the cut chicken breasts. Press the seasoning in so it will stick to the chicken.
  • Pour 1 cup water, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and the crushed garlic cloves into the Instant Pot. Place the trivet over the liquid. Put all the seasoned chicken breasts on to the trivet.
  • Close the pot and lock the pressure valve in place. Set it to cook on pressure mode, high for 10 minutes.
  • Do a 10 minute natural release, then do a quick release for any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and shred/pull it.
    Kitchen Tip: put the warm chicken in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment for easy and fast shredding!!!
    Discard the liquid in the pot.
  • Mix the shredded chicken with desired amount of BBQ sauce. We like between 1/2-3/4 cup BBQ sauce.
  • Serve on buns for amazing pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches.


Chicken : Can use a mix of chicken breasts and thighs for a dark and white meat mixture.
For Frozen Chicken : If you are using frozen chicken, don't cut, just cook whole but make sure the breasts are seperated and not frozen together! Sprinkle with the seasoning. Set it to cook on 12 minutes high pressure with a 10 minute natural release.