The Best Instant Pot BBQ Chicken with Potatoes

This juicy instant pot BBQ chicken with potatoes is SO GOOD and easy. It’s a great intro to the Instant Pot recipe!

This is one of my new favorite recipes.

The other night, I couldn’t decide what to make for dinner, and Forrest suggested BBQ chicken.

To be honest, I wasn’t totally thrilled about making it, but since it was easy, and we had all the ingredients, I figured it was a good idea. I also had some potatoes and onions that had to be used up, so I thought those would be a good addition to the meal.

I was about to start it in the oven when I decided I should see how it turned out in the Instant Pot.

The result? Truly one of my new favorite dishes. I put the chicken in completely frozen, and in about 25 minutes, we had perfectly juicy chicken with tender potatoes and onions.

It was so good that we made it again about a week later. I don’t know what it is about this dish, but I am in love! It’s a great beginner recipe for the Instant Pot, so I definitely recommend it.

I used Sticky Fingers Carolina Sweet BBQ sauce, but you can definitely use whatever kind you want. I thought this brand was delicious, though! Oh, and I HIGHLY recommend getting a pair of Bear Claw Meat Shredders. I got some at Christmas during a white elephant exchange, and I love using them.

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4.25 from 8 votes

The Best Instant Pot BBQ Chicken with Potatoes

Author Katie Clark


  • 2 pounds frozen chicken if fresh, adjust cooking time
  • 1 cup favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2-3 large potatoes chopped
  • 1 large red onion sliced


  1. Place all ingredients in Instant Pot.
  2. Put lid on and select poultry. Set for 15 minutes.If cooking fresh chicken, 12 minutes should be sufficient.
  3. Let natural pressure release for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove lid and take chicken out - shred.
  5. Put chicken back in the pot and toss until chicken is covered in sauce.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If the sauce isn't thick enough once you are done cooking, remove the chicken to shred and then turn the IP to "saute". Cook for a little bit to help thicken.
If you are using fresh chicken, make SURE you cook it for less time. I would usually recommend around 12 minutes for 2-3 pounds, though this may vary. Frozen is good at 15.

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  • Hi, I want to try this both as the recipe you listed but is there a way to use the IP as a slow cooker for this recipe and if so can you explain how and for times. This IP was purchased for me because I use the Slow cooker just about every day and mine broke but haven't seen any recipes that use the IP as a slow cooker. Please help if you can TIA Sarah
    • Hi, Sarah! You can definitely use this using the IP Slow cooker recipe. On high, probably about 2-3 hours, high aroun 4.
  • Hi, I have the Instant Pot IP-DUO Plus60 9-in-1, how would I do this? It has a meat button, but not a poulty one... Thanks!!
  • How long to cook if i double this recipe?? I all of a sudden have extra guest coming in an hr and no time to make anything else! lol
    • I don't believe so. We cook potatoes in the IP on their own for about 6-7 minutes. You could definitely do it for a little longer though if you'd like!
  • Looking at your picture is very appetizing!It must be delicious! There are many ways to making the BBQ chicken, especially using the grill. I wrote some articles about barbecue grills。 Welcome to read and give advices.
  • Hi! I saw the previous comment on using this recipe in a crock pot (slow cooker). Would I need to add anything else (such as: liquids) if I were to use a slow cooker?
    • Whatever you want - the sky is the limit with this one! We just ate it with the potatoes, and it was great. But you can definitely use rice or put it on a bun.
  • Hi! Just made this tonight. It is the first dinner I tried in my new IP. Very tasty, for sure! Ate it with chips. Hubby had it on bread and had chips with his, too. He suggested to add a few more kinds of vegetables and put it in a crust for a pot pie. That sounds good, too. Next time we will have steamed veggies along with this yummy meal. Thank you!
  • Really really bad recipie . Just got my ip was excited to try as it said perfect for beginners. First of all where is the SALT????? Also the potato was very mushy the chicken was tender but without salt..... Season it people I should have listen to my instinct.
    • Sorry to hear that Jen. I've made this recipe many times with rave reviews from everyone, and it has great flavor. If you like extra salt, feel free to add it next time :-) I would appreciate if you were a little more civil in your comments next time! Thanks!
  • My husband and I just finished eating this and it was so good!! I can't believe how easy it was - and how flavorful. This is only about the 5th time I've used my new pressure cooker and I'm super happy with it. Thank you so much for this recipe :)
  • This did not turn out good for us. The IP wouldn't pressurize at first (manual on my 3qt says to always use at least one cup of water or this can happen) and the recipe only calls for half a cup. I manipulated it till it sealed up and began to build pressure. After, the potatoes were undercooked, the chicken overcooked, and I think it just chose the wrong BBQ sauce, a store brand generic that was just kinda gross. Oh well, win some lose some.
    • I’m sorry to hear that - this is one of my favorites! I have tried a few different BBQ sauces with good success (just last week, too!) I’m wondering why it didn’t reach pressure. I hope your next IP attempt works out better!
    • If the pressure cooker is over 2/3 full a lot of times it will not pressurize. I had the same issue with mine... made a smaller portion without issues
  • Tried this recipe, when we took the chicken out yo shred it, it was still raw. Don't think I will be using this pot anymore.
    • Sorry to hear that! How thick was the chicken you were using and how many pounds? I'm not sure if perhaps the altitude changes things?
  • Made this recipe tonight with fresh chicken. What should liquids be adjusted to with fresh chicken? Will not pressurize for me either.
    • I am not sure on that. Perhaps add another 1/2 cup of water. I wish I could recall the BBQ sauce I made it with. It definitely was more liquidy.
  • I'm planning to make this within the next couple of nights but with thawed beef stew meat. Any suggestions? I'm a beginner with the IP.... Thanks!
    • I honestly am not sure! I would look up the cooking time for beef stew meat and cook it at that. Let me know how it turns out. THat sounds delicious!
  • Made this tonight and the whole family loved it! Even my 12 & 16 year old who get so tired of chicken. They all told me how good it was. This will be one I make alot! Thank you for sharing!
  • It sounds yummy and I would like to give it a try! What kind of chicken? A whole bird? Bone-in chicken parts like breasts or thighs or boneless breasts or thighs?
  • Made this recipe and it was delicious! Thank you for posting Katie! I used a honey bbq sauce and added extra honey. Did sauté for 10 minutes to thicken and it was perfect 😀
  • I am going to make this tonight for dinner...did you put the chicken on a bun or anything? or leave as is? I feel like it would be yummy on a hawaiian roll!
  • My wife tried this recipe for her first time using the IP. The chicken turned out good, but the potatoes were undercooked. Any suggestions as we are new to this technology!
    • Hmm the potatoes can be tricky. I would maybe try the pot-in-pot method - have the potatoes cook in another bowl above the chicken, so they aren't in the BBQ sauce
  • I think I should have used a different BBQ sauce. The one I used was Stubb's Hickory Bourbon and it wasn't great with this. I think with a sweeter sauce, it probably would've been great. After adding some salt, it tasted okay with that sauce but not fantastic. I definitely don't fault the recipe for it though. I'm fairly certain it was my sauce. This was only the third time I used my instapot and the recipe instructions were easy to follow. When I started the pot, I initially received a burn alert on the pot. I'm not sure why because there was plenty of liquid. I ended up cutting my chicken into smaller pieces and it worked out fine after that.
    • Thanks for your review - I appreciate it! I think a sweeter sauce is definitely a better choice for this recipe. I hope you'll try it again!

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