Instant Pot Bourbon BBQ Chicken

"A healthy and fast Instant Pot chicken recipe for a weeknight meal. Serve with whole grain pasta or rice and steamed vegetables for a complete (and completely amazing) meal."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
Ready In:
6 cups




  • In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, paprika and bourbon; whisk well to combine and set aside.
  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode, add oil and onion and cook for 3 minutes until onion is softened.
  • Add chicken thighs and sauce and stir gently to coat.
  • Cover, lock the lid and set the valve to the sealing position. Set to Pressure Cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • When cook time is done, quick release the pressure and remove the lid.
  • Remove 1 cup of the liquid and set aside.
  • Shred the chicken with 2 forks and add remaining ¼ cup of barbecue sauce.
  • Serve warm.
  • Serves: 6; Calories: 232; Total Fat: 6 grams; Saturated Fat: 1 gram; Total Carbohydrate: 15 grams; Sugars: 11 grams; Protein: 29 grams; Sodium: 558 milligrams; Cholesterol: 132 milligrams; Fiber: 1 gram.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Debra L.
    Can this be modified for a slow cooker?
  2. bobkat1226
    what do you do with the reserved cup of liquid??
  3. tak1885_4876574
    When do you add the salt and pepper?
  4. stephenb2006
    The recipe says to reserve one cup of the liquid. For what purpose?


  1. jemicklo
    Very similar to a recipe for enchiladas, except substitute taco seasoning for the BBQ sauce! Same timeframe and shreding process.....roll amounts into tortilla wraps in a baking dish, than spread enchilada sauce over them and sprinkle a Mexican cheese blend on top. Bake at 350F until cheese melts and sauce bubbles.
  2. Regina J.
    HORRIBLE! I should have listened to my gut instinct that said the BBQ sauce was going to burn on the bottom of the pot. I didn't, and it did giving me a burn notice. I barely salvaged the chicken and threw it on the grill, not what I wanted to do after a long day at work. I would NOT recommend this recipe to anyone! BEWARE!!
  3. Jonathan Melendez
    One of the best instant pot chicken recipes out there! I made a big batch and kept it in the fridge for different recipes throughout the week!
  4. Kathi Knight
    I will try this recipe but I’ve made similar with chicken and made BBQ chicken sliders with a little dab or cole slaw! They are really delish and easy!



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