Instant Pot Shredded Chicken | The Foodie Eats

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

This Instant Pot shredded chicken is full-flavored, easy to make, and has the most amazing homemade BBQ sauce that's sweet with just a hint of spice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 304 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats


  • 1 small yellow onion sliced
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 lb. whole chicken
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic minced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce


  1. Add onions, garlic, and bay leaf to pot. Place trivet on top of aromatics. Then add 1 cup of water. 

  2. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper, including inside cavity. Place chicken (breast side up) on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook for 45 minutes at high pressure.

  3. Meanwhile… add all remaining ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk together and microwave until hot (about 2 minutes). Set aside.

  4. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (about 20 minutes). Using the trivet, transfer chicken to a large bowl and allow to cool slightly.

  5. Once cool enough to handle, remove all meat from bones. Add 1 cup of sauce to chicken and mix well. Add more sauce until your desired sauciness is reached.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 442mg 18%
Potassium 488mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 15g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 10.8%
Vitamin C 7.5%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 10.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.