Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

A Few Words…

One pot, no fuss for this absolutely delicious chicken!

I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure if this would work, but it did!! There’s nothing to this recipe and it took under 30 minutes to make.

I’m very impressed with the Instant Pot and never imagined that it would come to my rescue during my kitchen renovation. I guess where there’s a will there is a way if you want to eat healthy!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

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Serves 4


  • 1 tbs. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped thyme (you could use dried)
  • 1 whole small chicken 3 - 4 lb.
  • 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth (I used vegetable broth)

In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, and thyme.

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Rub the brown sugar mixture all over chicken. You could swap this rub mixture for one of your own.

Preheat the Instant Pot to Sauté setting. Once heated, add the oil and then place the chicken, breast side down. Sear the chicken until skin is crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Use very large tongs to pick up and flip the whole chicken, then pour the broth into the bottom of the Instant Pot. I used a pair of barbecue tongs.

Secure the lid and then change the setting to Pressure Cook on High. Set the timer for 25 minutes. Make sure to set the valve to 'Sealing' position.

Allow Instant Pot to depressurize naturally, then remove lid and take out chicken. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting into pieces.