The Easiest (and Best) BBQ Chicken Instant Pot Recipe

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I'm not a cook.  I've always wanted to be a cook - one of those people who can whip up a gourmet meal with whatever ingredients we have in the house.  The type of person who knows what spices and other ingredients highlight different flavors in food.  But I'm not.

I'm a frozen food, microwave type of girl.

Until now.  Now, I have an Instant Pot and a quick Google search provides me with a library of yummy recipes.  This one has been described as the best BBQ chicken recipe and it's a family favorite and often requested.

And it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Okay, first, I think I'm having a Mandela Effect experience. I could have sworn that my pressure cooker was called an InstaPot, not an Instant Pot.

Anyway, my boyfriend loves BBQ chicken and with the shelter in place, I've dived into cooking at home and found the best BBQ chicken recipe for Instant Pot (InstaPot?) lovers after a Google search – Veronika's Kitchen

Ingredients for Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

With every recipe, I change it up a little based on what we like to eat and what's in the house. For this recipe, I made both chicken wings and drumsticks.

  • family size package of chicken drumsticks
  • regular size package of chicken wings
  • Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ sauce (our preferred sauce)

Spices for Dry Rub

I used equal amounts of each spice – 3 teaspoons each (except salt – I use 1/2 tsp, and cayenne pepper – I use 2 tsp). If you'd like your rub to have a kick, double up on the cayenne pepper.

  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder (I prefer to use minced garlic)
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Oregano
  • Thyme

Making Your BBQ Chicken

I put the spices in an 8-quart stainless steel bowl, added the chicken, and mixed until the chicken was fully covered.

Add a cup of water to the base of the pressure cooker, add the metal thing that allows the chicken to sit above the water (the trivet), seal the pressure cooker and cook for 15 minutes (manual high pressure).

When the pressure cooker is finished, release the steam, and then check the chicken to make sure it's done. Because I'm using more chicken than the original recipe, I prefer to do it this way because I'm not trying to be that raw feeder that gets sick from salmonella from my own cooking.

If the chicken isn't finished, cook it for five more minutes and it should be done (at least, that's my experience).

Transfer the chicken to a clean 8-quart bowl and pour the desired amount of BBQ sauce over the chicken and mix. Arrange chicken in a roaster pan and broil for 5-10 minutes or until you see it turning a little crispy (Not Burnt). Keep an eye on your chicken because when set to broil, it can burn easily.

My partner says that this is the best BBQ chicken he's ever had and tells everyone about it. I hope you like it too.

I'm not a cook.  I've always wanted to be a cook - one of those people who can whip up a gourmet meal with whatever ingredients we have in the house.  The type of person who knows what spices and other ingredients highlight different flavors in food.  But I'm not.

I'm a frozen food, microwave type of girl.

Until now.  Now, I have an Instant Pot and a quick Google search provides me with a library of yummy recipes.  This one has been described as the best BBQ chicken recipe and it's a family favorite and often requested.

And it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

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