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Platter of bbq chicken breasts, thighs and drumsticks with a side bowl of bbq sauce.

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American



1 cup water

34 drops liquid smoke

3 lbs bone in chicken (thighs, drumsticks, breasts, etc)

2 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

¼ tsp cayenne pepper, optional

1/21 cup your fav BBQ sauce


  1. Add water, liquid smoke to the bottom of the instant pot.
  2. In a small bowl mix together dry rub ingredients: brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Rub the dry mixture on both sides of chicken pieces.
  3. Place your chicken into the instant pot in a single layer, close the lid. 
  4. Set the pressure vent to sealing.
  5. Press pressure cook on High for 12 minutes.
  6. The screen will read ‘ON’.
  7. The instant pot will take about 8-10 minutes to come to pressure and then the 12 minute cook time (about 20 minutes total).
  8. After the chicken is finished cooking the instant pot will alert you and the screen will say OFF. 
  9. Wait a couple of minutes and then slowly release the pressure valve to the venting position.
  10. Place cooked chicken on a sheet pan, slather with bbq sauce and then broil or grill chicken for 4-5 minutes to get the chicken a bit crispy on top. 


Frozen Chicken: If you’re using chicken that is frozen, be sure to separate the pieces before cooking and cook for an additional 3 minutes (15 minutes total). 

Keywords: pressure cooker, bbq, easy