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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken is an easy and quick meal the whole family will love! Cooked in just 7 minutes, you can beat this delicious dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq chicken in instant pot, bbq chicken instant pot, instant pot bbq chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
NPR 4 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 209kcal
Author Alli



  • 1/2 cup onions diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard dried
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard prepared
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 chicken tenders frozen or fresh, see note for cooking times


  • Combine all sauce ingredients in the instant pot. Stir well until combined.
  • Add chicken tenders and nestle in the sauce.
  • Cook on manual high pressure for 7 minutes. Let natural release for 4 minutes. Manually release the rest of the pressure.
  • Remove chicken from the sauce. Blend the sauce, if desired.
  • Shred the chicken and return to the sauce.



If you are using thawed out chicken tenders, you can reduce the cook time to 5 minutes and NPR to 4 minutes. 


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1051mg | Potassium: 886mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg