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Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken

**In the month of August, we are doing a Whole30 (I’ll talk more about it soon!). Recipes I post on this site this month may or may not be compliant**

Do you guys have an Instant Pot yet?! I have been using mine more and more these days just because it allows me to make dinner during naptime and keep it warm until 5:30 when the kids eat. Barbecue chicken was the first thing I ever made in my Instant Pot when I bought it last year and it still remains one of my very favorite things to make. Everyone loves this dish!

We don’t do a lot of barbecue chicken on the grill because I find it difficult to get right — either the chicken is overdone and turns dry, or it’s raw. In this recipe, all you do is throw the chicken pieces in the pot and cover with barbecue sauce. Turn on and walk away. πŸ™‚ No stress! 

 

I like to use a variety of bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks here. I’ve learned to always cook more than I *think* I need because the boys are very quickly starting to eat like little athletes. πŸ˜‰ Plus, leftover barbecue chicken is delicious! Using the Instant Pot here keeps the chicken very moist and the sauce is SO finger-licking good. 

I used a sweet sriracha barbecue sauce that I bought on accident a few months ago. Turns out, it was absolutely delicious! We also really love Stubbs and Trader Joe’s. 

I hope you guys love this one — it’s a family favorite!

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Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 3.5 lbs bone-in chicken thighs and/or drumsticks
  • 18 oz barbecue sauce
  • 1 whole onion small diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Lay all your chicken pieces in your Instant Pot.

  2. Combine the barbecue sauce, onion, water, honey, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk well.

  3. Pour sauce over chicken.

  4. Place Instant Pot lid on and set to either the poultry button or manual pressure for 15 minutes. Preheat broiler.

  5. When time is up, do a quick release. Remove chicken and place on a tin foil lined baking sheet. Pour sauce into a saucepot and place over medium high heat.

  6. Place chicken under the broiler for 3 minutes until skin has crisped up a bit. Boil sauce for 5 minutes to thicken slightly. Pour sauce over the chicken and serve.

 

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6 Comments

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    Nikki Rader
    August 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Are you still doing your own photos? If so, they’re better than ever! Also, I am so glad you are back to food blogging. Yours was the first I ever started reading and it spawned my love for food blogs. Thanks for writing!

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    Ben
    August 9, 2017 at 4:18 am

    I still have yet to succumb to the instant pot craze, but they do look pretty useful. The pressure cooker part of it seems the most interesting to me, but really I have all of the other equipment. I have always considered getting a pressure cooker, as we have some veggies that we could can. I feel like if all my other stuff broke, I would be on this instant pot today. I, however, tend to keep things for a million years.

    And I agree with Nikki, your photos are gorgeous. I am a new food blogger with photography being my weakest skill. Still trying to make a photo that will get on Food Gawker. I think I am getting there, but not being able to do something drives me bonkers.

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    Grandma Honey
    August 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I’m definitely making this! To make my life easier, do you mind telling me what brand of sweet siracha barbecue sauce you use? I want to do this exactly as you did. LOVE your blog and LOVE that you are back again.

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    Anna
    August 10, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Hi, I am a little confused – you say to pour the sauce on the chicken before you put into the IP, but then you say to boil once it is done and pour over after broiling?
    Help πŸ™‚

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      jenna
      August 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      yep! Sorry if that wasn’t clear. Once done, remove the chicken – broil for 2 minutes and boil the sauce on the stove to thicken.

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