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!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

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.

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken recipe

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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.

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

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.

The Best Instant Pot BBQ Chicken with Potatoes


  • 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!


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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  • That meal was real good and easy for me to cook. I am 35 and EXTREMELY insecure in the kitchen when it comes to cooking. (But not when it comes to baking). I feel embarrassed bc I only know how to make a couple of meals at most that I feel taste wonderful. My other half always complains that "we have the same thing for dinner every night". I guess maybe because I do not enjoy cooking like most really good cooks. He got me the instant pot so that it would be easier for me to make different meals and it has helped a lot. I felt this came out the best that it possibly could and that made me really proud. Thank you for assisting me gaining a little more confidence in the kitchen.
    • Oh I'm so glad that you enjoyed this recipe, and that it's helped you have more confidence in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing!
  • I hope I get an answer right away as I’m cooking this tonight. As asked above, with no answer yet, “venting” or “sealing”? Ty:)
  • 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!
  • 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 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!
  • 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 😀
  • 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?

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