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multi cooker - Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs are a quick & easy dinner recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes using just a handful of ingredients. You can’t go wrong!
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, chicken, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Slow Release 5 minutes
Servings 16 pieces


  • pressure cooker


  • 4 lbs boneless chicken thighs (about 16-20 pieces- skinless *opt)
  • 1-1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Place the chicken in the bottom of the pot.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with seasonings.
  • Add the bbq sauce & water.
  • Cover & cook on manual high for 15 minutes & then natural release for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken & turn the cooker on sautee.
  • Once it has heated, whisk the bbq sauce liquid remaining in the pot on the sautee function for 2-3 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  • Ladle the thickened sauce over the chicken when serving.


*This recipe was created using the 6-quart instant pot. If you are using a different size pot or a different pressure cooker brand entirely, cooking times may be off by a couple of minutes.
**Live at High Altitude - Because water boils at a lower temperature at high altitudes, and pressure cooking requires water to boil in order to work, some foods may need a little more cooking time. When pressure cooking at high altitudes you want to make sure to add 5 percent to your cook time for every 1,000 feet above 2,000 feet elevation. For example, when we lived at 4,000+ feet I would add 10 percent to my cook time. For a recipe that called for 20-minutes of cooking time, I would then cook for 22 minutes. When pressure cooking, 1-2 minutes can make all the difference in a recipe, unlike when cooking by traditional methods.
For bone-in thighs
You will just need to reduce the number of thighs to about 4 so that you can set them on the trivet before cooking. Then set the cooker to manual high for 12 minutes, then natural release for 5 minutes before quick release. At that time you can brush the chicken with bbq sauce.
For cooking from frozen
Just increase the time by 5 minutes & remember that because they are frozen, it will take longer for the cooker to come to pressure. So the total time will be about 20 minutes when you set it to cook.