This Instant Pot BBQ Chicken breast is the best chicken recipe. Pull-part tender shredded chicken in a sweet and tangy bbq sauce mixture. Serve as an entree, sandwiches, or even tacos

For a slow cooker method, try our BBQ Chicken recipe! 

BBQ chicken breast in pot.


With just 5 minutes of prep time, you can have this delicious barbecue chicken cooking! Chicken breast pressure cooked in a flavor-packed barbecue sauce and then shredded. 

This recipe comes together so quickly making it the ultimate busy night dinner.

If you are enjoying your Instant Pot, you’ll want to check out our other Instant Pot Recipes so many will become instant favorites!
BBQ chicken breast inside of sandwich with closeslaw and buns.


All you need for this simple recipe is just a few basic ingredients! 

  • Chicken– For this recipe, we used boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can also use skinless boneless thighs or even chicken tenderloins. 
  • Liquid– We use chicken broth for this recipe, but you can substitute it for vegetable broth or even beef broth. 
  • Salt & Pepper– You want to season the salt and pepper chicken for flavor! 
  • Paprika– Paprika enhances the smoky flavor of the barbecue. 
  • Garlic– You can use either garlic powder or freshly minced garlic. 
  • Onion– We love adding onion powder for added flavor.
  • Brown Sugar– To add that sweet flavor, we love to add brown sugar to this dish. 
  • Barbecue– You want to use your favorite bbq sauce, we love using Sweet Baby Ray’s. 


All you need is just 5 minutes of prep time for this easy chicken recipe. 

  1. Combine – add the chicken, broth, seasonings, brown sugar, and barbecue sauce into the instant pot. 
  2. Cook – cover with the lid and seal, and set the cooking time to 12 minutes on high pressure. 
  3. Shred chicken – manual quick release the pressure, remove the lid, and shred the chicken using two forks or an electric hand mixer.
  4. Combine – once the chicken is shredded, add it back into the bbq sauce and stir to combine. 
  5. Serve and Enjoy! 
Two BBQ chicken breast sandwiches with instant pot in the background.


The best thing about this recipe is that it can be served in so many different ways and used as meal prep for the week! 

  • Chicken Sandwiches: Traditional way on a bun with Homemade Coleslaw.
  • Quesadillas: Add chicken to tortillas with cheese and make quesadillas, like our popular Cheese Quesadillas.
  • Tacos: Make tacos by adding other favorite toppings.
  • Wraps:  Serve as lettuce wraps or chicken wraps by adding them to tortillas. 
  • Sliders: Make pull-apart sliders with the shredded bbq chicken for an event. 
Up close of BBQ chicken breast on a plate.


How do I know that my chicken is cooked? 

The internal temperature of cooked chicken should read 165°F.

How should I store my leftovers? 

Store leftover chicken in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

How to reheat pulled chicken? 

To reheat, just add the chicken to a skillet and cook on low heat until warm (add more barbecue if needed). You can also reheat the chicken in an oven until warm.

Can I make this ahead of time? 

Yes! Make the shredded chicken up to 2 days in advance and just reheat it before serving.

Can I freeze this chicken dish? 

Yes! This chicken freezes great! Once the pulled chicken is cooled, add it to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and then reheat.

Close up of BBQ chicken breast sandwich.


Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Breast

Served in many different ways this easy instant pot BBQ chicken breast will be a new family favorite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course entree
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 1806 kcal



  • Place the chicken breast, chicken broth, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, and bbq sauce to your instant pot.
  • Close the lid, seal and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes with a quick release of pressure.
  • Remove the chicken from the instant pot and shred using two forks.
  • Return to the pot and toss with the sauce.
  • Enjoy as desired.


Calories: 1806kcalCarbohydrates: 183gProtein: 197gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 583mgSodium: 6589mgPotassium: 4370mgFiber: 4gSugar: 151gVitamin A: 1624IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 207mgIron: 7mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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