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Instant Pot® Shredded (Pulled) BBQ Chicken

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If you love slow cooked barbecue chicken then you will definitely love this recipe as it creates the same juicy, flavorful dish in a fraction of the time. Raw chicken breasts are loaded into the slow cooker with a homemade barbecue sauce and poof! In 15 minutes, you have tender chicken ready to eat. This is the perfect use for the Instant Pot®!

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Instant Pot® Shredded (Pulled) BBQ Chicken

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Servings 4
Calories 563 kcal


  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk or fork
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • 2 forks


  • 2 large  Chicken Breast
  • 1.5 cup  Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 cup  Ketchup
  • 0.5 cup  White Wine Vinegar
  • 0.5 cup  Water
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp  Dried Mustard
  • 2 tsp  Paprika
  • 2 tsp  Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp  Salt


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, ketchup, dried mustard, paprika, black pepper and salt.
  • Add the white wine vinegar, water and worcestershire sauce to the bowl and mix. If there are slight lumps (most likely from the dried mustard powder), that is okay! They will break up as the mix cooks.
  • Place the raw chicken breast in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the homemade BBQ sauce on top of the chicken.
  • Seal the pressure cooker and make sure the know is set to ‘seal’ (not on the setting that says ‘vent’. Press the ‘Manual’ button and set your Instant Pot® for 12 minutes at high pressure. Once the pot is ste, it will take about 5-10 minutes to seal and for the timer to begin.
  • Once cooked, allow the Instant pot to release the pressure naturally for 5 minutes and then carefully open the vent to allow the rest of the pressure to quickly release.
  • Remove the chicken breast and place in a bowl. Shred the chicken with two forks.
  • Leave the BBQ sauce in the Instant Pot® and press the ‘Saute’ button. Allow the sauce to boil until it thickens, about 10 minutes.Pour the thickened sauce back on top of the shredded chicken and serve!

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About Amanda

My name is Amanda and I am a professional pastry chef. I have over 16 years of culinary experience and a bachelors degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I currently live right outside New York City with my husband and two daughters who are my official taste testers and kitchen helpers. Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream are my weakness and, because I have two young kids, I need coffee every day. I love sharing my cooking passion and hope that you find some culinary inspiration here!

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