Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
This Instant Pot bbq chicken will not disappoint! Just a few minutes of prep work and an electric pressure cooker make this the perfect busy-day meal.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 3pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks, breasts)
- 3tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- 1teaspoon kosher salt
- 1teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1teaspoon chili powder
- ½teaspoon garlic powder
- ½teaspoon onion powder
- ¼teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch cayenne, or to taste
- 1cup barbecue sauce, plus more for serving
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Step 3Pat the chicken with paper towels to dry. Rub the chicken pieces all over with the seasoning mixture.
Step 4Place the trivet in the instant pot and add 1 cup of water. Place the seasoned chicken pieces on the trivet.
Step 5Pour about 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce into a small bowl and brush it over the chicken pieces.
Step 6Secure the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position. Choose the pressure cook function (or manual on early models), high pressure, and set the time for 18 minutes. When the time is up, let the steam release naturally for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the steam release valve to the venting position to release any remaining steam.
Step 7Preheat the oven broiler. Arrange the chicken on a foil-lined baking pan and brush the pieces with more barbecue sauce. Broil the chicken for about 2 to 4 minutes, or until slightly charred. Broiling gives the chicken extra color, but feel free to skip this step.
Step 8Serve the chicken with potatoes or rice and offer extra barbecue sauce at the table.
Step 9Enjoy your meal!