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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

This Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is the easiest way to cook your chicken for any summer barbecue! It's juicy and tender every time, make ahead friendly and can be tossed on the grill to crisp it up! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot chicken, pressure cooker chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 480kcal
Author Ashley Fehr

Ingredients

  • 6 skin on, bone in chicken drumsticks (or skinless)
  • 6 skin on, bone in chicken thighs (or skinless)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water (chicken broth, juice, or soda works, too)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • Place chicken in 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  • Combine salt, garlic powder, paprika, dried onion, black pepper and sprinkle over chicken, turning to coat all sides. 
  • Pour water (or other liquid) and liquid smoke into Instant Pot -- feel free to experiment with different flavours as long as they are clear liquid!
  • Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook, high pressure, for 10 minutes (12-15 minutes for frozen or partially frozen).
  • It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build and the cook time to begin counting down. When the cook time is over, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10-15 minutes, then open the valve and remove the lid.
  • Remove chicken, brush with barbecue sauce, and either broil for 3-4 minutes until the skin begins to crisp up, or place on the grill for 4-5 minutes.
  • *This chicken can be made ahead of time, cooked and stored in the refrigerator up to 24 hours before grilling or broiling.

Notes

*Note: one serving equals one drumstick and one thigh

Nutrition

Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 520mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5.7% | Vitamin C: 0.4% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 9.1%