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BBQ Pulled Chicken on a roll on a green plate.
BBQ Pulled Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
This recipe uses the bare minimum of liquid possible in a pressure cooker. Only ¼ cup of vinegar dilutes the ketchup to a point where it will create steam. The important thing is to not let that liquid evaporate before you get the lid on the cooker. When the cooker is coming to pressure, give the lid a firm push down as soon as you see or hear any steam releasing. Once it's sealed, you'll be all set. Just get ready for a delicious meal.
Course: Entrées, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, One Pot Meal, Sandwiches
Servings: 8 to 10
Calories: 290 kcal
  • 6 strips bacon chopped
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Pre-heat the pressure cooker using the BROWN setting.
  2. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and save for another use. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add to the cooker, searing in batches until well browned on all sides. Remove the chicken to a side plate once browned.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pressure cooker and cook until tender. Add the dry spices and continue to cook for a few minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring well to combine and scraping the bottom of the cooker to stir in any brown bits. Return the chicken to the cooker and lock the lid in place.
  4. Pressure cook on HIGH for 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce the pressure with the QUICK-RELEASE method and carefully remove the lid. Remove the chicken to a side plate. Once cool, shred the chicken using two forks or by hand. Return the chicken to the sauce to coat or serve the chicken with the sauce poured over the top.
Nutrition Facts
BBQ Pulled Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 127mg42%
Sodium 832mg35%
Potassium 594mg17%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Vitamin C 3.7mg4%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.