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How to Make Barbecued Chicken in a Pressure Cooker

Fast and easy way to make BBQ Chicken in a pressure cookier

Have you ever craved something that would take you hours to make? This weekend I was craving barbecued chicken, which I usually make in the slow cooker in the winter, but I didn’t want to wait 6 hours for my barbecued chicken. So I pulled out the pressure cooker and was absolutely delighted with not only how fast I was able to make barbecued chicken, but with how tender and flavorful it was.

Fastest Barbecue Chicken Ever!

The chicken is so tender you do not need a knife. If you want, you can easily shred it and add more barbecue sauce to create shredded barbecue chicken.

How to Make Barbecued Chicken in a Pressure Cooker
Recipe type: Meat
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Serves: 8
  • 2 - 3 lbs. bl/sl chicken
  • ¾ cup your favorite barbecue sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  1. Pour water in the pressure cooker.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in the pressure cooker.
  3. Pour barbecue sauce over the top of the chicken.
  4. Place the lid on the pressure cooker; Bring to high pressure, reduce heat to stabilize pressure and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Release pressure by putting the pressure cooker in the sink and running cool water over it.
  6. Serve while warm.
You can shred the chicken with two forks to make shredded barbecue chicken.

 More Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes:

Cooking Beans in a Pressure Cooker

How to Make Rice in a Pressure Cooker

How to Cook Corned Beef and Cabbage in a Pressure Cooker

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. I’ve never made chicken in a pressure cooker before. This looks SO simple and what a quick and easy meal! Thanks!!!!

  2. Alea, I do not have a pressure cooker and have wondered if it was worth storing another pot. I’ve seen them demonstrated and have wanted one, but the price has been more than I’ve been willing to do. Always looking for one at yard sales, maybe one will turn up — your chicken looks great!

  3. Pressure cooking a couple of pork chops this way now so that we can have BBQ Pork quesadillas tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I love my pressure cooker, but I have an electric one I ordered from HSN, so I don’t have to put it in the sink and run water. I had the traditional kind, but I was always scared of it after hearing of explosions from not tightening the lid good. I will try this with mine. Cooking greens in it for a few minutes is wonderful. I would recommend a pressure cooker to anyone. If your scared of the stove top kind, get an electric one. Can’t afford it in one lump sum. Get it on HSN which you make 4 or 5 easy payments. It’s so much faster than a crock pot if I’m at home. Now I still use the crock for overnight cooking or if I”m at work.

  5. Erika Barbara says:

    I love my electric pressure cooker also and I hate to cook! I got it from HSN also. Mine is the Wolfgang Puck one, it is a little pricey, but worth it for the time saved.

  6. what is bl/sl? Thanks for the recipe! My mail order Instant Pot came yesterday and I used this recipe to make BBQ ribs. Delicious and way so easy! Making thighs now for my sons lunch. Love my pressure cooker.

  7. thanks for the recipe, will be the first thing I cook in my new pressure cooker.

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