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Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken – 3 Ingredients, 3 Steps

Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken: 3 Ingredients, 3 Easy Steps! Indoor BBQ | Instant Pot | Pressure Cooker | Easy Summer Recipe

Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken

3 Ingredients, 3 Steps

Perfect, fall-off-the-bone barbecue chicken with just 3 ingredients in 3 easy steps – Need I say more? This tender pressure cooker BBQ chicken has layers of flavor and is incredibly simple to make.

Just marinate your chicken, throw it in your pressure cooker, then remove and toss with BBQ sauce before finishing in the oven. Use a foil lined baking sheet for easy clean up, and all you have left to clean at the end is your Instant Pot.

Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken: 3 Ingredients, 3 Easy Steps! Indoor BBQ | Instant Pot | Pressure Cooker | Easy Summer Recipe

 

The Process

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Marinate. Add chicken and dressing to a gallon-sized Ziplock bag and marinate for at least one hour (preferably overnight).

 

Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken | The Foodie Eats

Add trivet to pressure cooker.

 

Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken | The Foodie Eats

Pour all contents of bag into pressure cooker. Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes, then allow pressure to release naturally (about 30 minutes).

 

Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken | The Foodie Eats

Carefully individually remove each piece of chicken from Instant Pot with tongs. As you remove them, dip in the BBQ sauce and place on a lined baking sheet.

 

Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken | The Foodie Eats

Then place baking sheet under a high broiler for at least 5 minutes, but basically until you have the desired char and caramelization.

 

The Best Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Sure, you can use a bottle of store bought sauce if pressed for time. But trust me, once you try this homemade sauce, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought again.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup apricot preserves
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. sea salt

Method:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat – combine all of the ingredients, except the salt, and bring to a boil, stirring well. Let cool, then season with salt.

 

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Easy Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken

Perfect, fall-off-the-bone barbecue chicken with just 3 ingredients in 3 easy steps. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Barbecue
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 293 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 16 oz zesty Italian dressing
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce highly recommend homemade- see above

Instructions

  1. Marinate. Add chicken and dressing to a gallon-sized Ziplock bag and marinate for at least one hour (preferably overnight).

  2. Cook. Add trivet to pressure cooker. Pour all contents of bag into Instant Pot, lock lid, cook for 20 minutes at high pressure. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to naturally release (about 30 minutes). Meanwhile – pour BBQ sauce into a medium-sized bowl. Preheat oven broiler on high.

  3. Char. Carefully individually remove each piece of chicken from Instant Pot with tongs. As you remove them, dip in the BBQ sauce and place on a lined baking sheet. Then place baking sheet under a high broiler for at least 5 minutes, but basically until you have the desired char and caramelization.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Pressure Cooker BBQ Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 943mg 39%
Potassium 311mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Sugars 19g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 3.1%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Comments

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  • Reply
    Becky
    January 30, 2018 at 9:37 pm


    My favorite way to prepare drumsticks! The bbq sauce is so flavorful and such an easy and fast way to have tender chicken.

    • Reply
      Anne Auker
      July 4, 2019 at 3:16 pm


      A resounding success! My husband said it’s the best he’s ever eaten. The sauce recipe- a keeper for sure! Marinated overnight; cooked 15 minutes in 8qt IP duo plus; NPR for 20 minutes, then QR. PERFECT! Dipped in sauce and broiled 7 minutes to carmelize – was a good 6-8”. Below elements. Thank you for a truly delectable recipe!

  • Reply
    Marne Murphy
    January 4, 2019 at 6:03 pm


    This recipe CHANGED MY LIFE! it’s simple and delicious! I recently got an insta pot and looking for easy recipes because I hate to cook, and i’m shouting this recipe from the rooftops! Thank you

  • Reply
    Brie
    January 10, 2019 at 3:50 pm


    Fall off the bone, perfectly cooked with this recipe! My family loved it! I tried to dunk the drumsticks in the bbq sauce before broiling then but the meat just fell off so that didn’t work for me, I just took a spoon and covered the drumsticks with sauce before broiling. Still was a great meal!

    • Reply
      Gary
      January 10, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them!

  • Reply
    Judy
    July 2, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Could you cook several batches of chicken drumsticks earlier in the day, then broil them later?

    • Reply
      Gary White
      July 3, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Definitely. But you’ll want to cool them down completely or leave them on “keep warm” in the meantime.

  • Reply
    Melanie
    July 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    My family does not like drumsticks. Can I use thighs? Do I need to adjust cooking time?

    • Reply
      Gary White
      July 8, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      Thighs will work just fine. Same time.

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