Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken is an easy chicken recipe for the Instant Pot that is the perfect base for bbq chicken sandwiches, wraps, or delicious just on its own! This easy Instant Pot chicken recipe will become a go to for all your weeknight dinners. It is the perfect idea for meal prep recipes, as well!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken

The Instant Pot just makes making shredded chicken so much easier. I used to poach  my chicken the old-fashioned way and then shred and the chicken was always flavorless and kind of an odd texture. The Instant Pot has seriously changed all that and has made shredded chicken go from boring to incredibly flavorful!

Shredded BBQ Chicken in the Instant Pot

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How to make shredded chicken in the Instant Pot?

Making shredded chicken in the Instant Pot couldn’t be easier. Add chicken and at least 1/2 cup of water to the pot. Add your desired spices and then cook. On average, chicken takes 8-10 minutes in the Instant Pot. Add 5 minutes for frozen chicken.

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How much liquid to put in Instant Pot?

Most pressure cook recipes require at least 1 cup liquid in order to come to pressure. Chicken releases liquids so 1/2 cup works just as well. You can use water or chicken broth, but broth will give you the most flavor. You could also substitute water mixed with some chicken base as well.

Instant Pot Chicken Recipe

I love easy chicken dinner recipes and the Instant Pot just makes it impossibly easy. I used to dread making shredded chicken, but this recipe is a game changer! I love the tanginess of the bbq sauce and my secret ingredient! (Italian dressing!) makes it over the top good! My favorite way to eat this is on sandwiches, but you could wrap them in tortillas for wraps or use in my famous baked bbq chicken wrap recipe!

If you are looking for meal prep ideas, this easy chicken recipe is perfect! You can make a batch on Sunday and portion for the week. This chicken also freezes really well and you could freeze half for a future dinner.

Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken

This easy BBQ Chicken recipe made in the Instant Pot is perfect for shredded chicken sandwiches or wraps!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Shredded BBQ Chicken
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups bbq sauce divided
  • 2 tbsp Italian Dressing


  1. Season chicken with the spices. Add chicken to the Instant Pot.
  2. Whisk together the broth, dressing, and 1/2 cup of the bbq sauce. Pour over chicken.
  3. Set Instant Pot to pressure cook using the manual button or the pressure cook function. Set to 6 minutes. Let cook then natural release.
  4. Once all pressure is released, add remaining bbq sauce and shred. Serve as desired.

Recipe Notes

This recipe freezes well for up to 3 months in a sealed container. 

Easy Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken perfect for bbq chicken sandwiches or shredded bbq chicken wraps

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