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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs
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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs are the perfect summer food, no grill required! Use bone-in or boneless chicken thighs, or fresh or frozen.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot bbq chicken thighs
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Taylor Stinson


  • 2 lbs bone-in or boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce


  • Mix together paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken thighs, tossing to coat.
  • Add water to Instant Pot, followed by trivet and seasoned chicken thighs.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal. Press the pressure cook button and set to high. Pressure cook bone-in thighs for 15 minutes, or boneless thighs for 10 minutes. Pressure cook frozen boneless thighs for 15 minutes, or frozen bone-in thighs for 20 minutes.
  • When chicken thighs are done, do a quick release of the pressure on the Instant Pot by flicking the switch at the top with a spoon. Open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily. Remove chicken thighs from the pot.
  • Set oven to broil on high. Meanwhile, add cooked chicken thighs to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Broil for 2-3 minutes until skin starts to crisp up, watching closely so they don't burn, then remove from oven and brush with BBQ sauce. Serve and enjoy!



NOTE: Nutritional info is for bone-in chicken thighs.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg