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Sandwich made of Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken

Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken

Tender and juicy, the Instant Pot does all the hard work for you in this Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken. Perfect for an outdoor picnic or an easy weeknight meal that tastes like its been cooking for hours!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 lb Chicken Breasts About 3 large breasts
  • 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 12 Ounces Hard Cider 1 bottle

To Make The Barbecue Sauce

  • ½ cup Onion Minced
  • ½ cup Green Bell Pepper
  • 2 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Salt


  • Mix together the brown sugar, sweet paprika, chili powder, salt, ground garlic, and black pepper for the dry rub.
  • Coat the chicken breasts in the dry rub. Add the chicken to Instant Pot. Top with the hard cider.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to "meat/stew" and pressure cook for 35 minutes.
  • When the chicken is cooked, carefully release the pressure by pressing the release valve on the Instant Pot lid.
  • Carefully take the chicken breasts out of the Instant Pot and shred them with two forks. Place the shredded chicken back into the Instant Pot and mix it around to get the flavor from the liquid left over.
  • Serve on a bulky roll, over nachos, or in a salad. Enjoy!

To Make the Barbecue Sauce

  • Clean and peel the onion and green bell pepper. Cut them both into large chunks.
  • Add the vegetables to a food processor and process until the vegetables are finely minced. Drain any excess liquid off.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the vegetables. Let that cook on medium for 5 minutes until the onion is translucent and is fragrant.
  • Add the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. Let that simmer for 10 minutes on low.
  • Allow the sauce to cool completely before using it. If you would like to make it smoother, use an immersion blender to smooth it, or place it in a blender once cooled.
Keyword Instant Pot, Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken, Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Breast, Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken
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