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.

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  1. says

    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!

  2. Jewell says

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Terri says

    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.

  5. Jenn says

    New to pressure cooking. Love to try your recipe. My question is your recipe says it serves 8 and cooks in 18 mins if I double the chicken do I double the time to 36 mins and double the water

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