Pressure Cooker | January 24, 2018

Sticky, Fall off the Bone Instant Pot Bone-In Chicken

Literally the best sticky, fall off the bone instant pot chicken you will ever try! It’s tender, moist and full of flavor. It cooks up fast and easy but the last step is what takes this pressure cooker bone-in chicken up another level!

bone in chicken with cole slaw, plantains, black beans and rice

This chicken came inspired from the time I spent in Costa rica, everywhere we ate they served us casados. Rice, beans, plantains, and delicious fall off the bone chicken.

How to make pressure cooker bone-in chicken

sticky crispy bone-in chicken on platter

For this recipe you can use any of your favorite bone-in chicken cuts. Chicken breast, chicken thighs, my kids LOVE chicken legs. I always grab a packet of legs and thighs, bone-in. You definitely need bone-in chicken to create this recipe and chicken with this sticky bbq flavor and texture. Bone-in chicken is so inexpensive but undeniably the best kind of chicken meat.

crispy sticky bone in chicken on platter

Do I leave the chicken skin on?

I like to leave the skin on because it helps hold the juicy, tender meat together, but sometimes the chicken comes with way too much skin. Feel free to trim down the skin. If your preference it so trim it all off thats ok! just be delicate pulling them out of the pressure cooker.

How to cook bone-in chicken in the pressure cooker

It’s so easy! You will do this in layers.

  1. Add 1 cup of water to your instant pot and lay down 3-4 chicken pieces.
  2. Top with your favorite BBQ sauce. Use your favorite pastry brush or silicone brush and spread the BBQ sauce into all the cracks.
  3. Lay down 3-4 more bone-in chicken thighs, legs or breast. Add BBQ sauce
  4. Continue layering this way. I can fit about 10-12 pieces in my 6-qt instant pot.

raw chicken in instant pot with bbq sauce

Seal and cook on poultry setting, or high pressure for 20 minutes. I always natural release my meat to ensure that it will be nice and tender.

pressure cooked chicken on cookie sheet

How to get the sticky melt in your mouth flavor

Pull the bone-in chicken out of the pressure cooker and place on a lined cookie sheet. Slather a thick coat of more BBQ sauce and broil it high in the oven for about 5 minutes.

I LOVE doing this. It creates a beautiful sticky crust with moist, tender pull apart chicken underneath. As long as you don’t broil the chicken for too long it will not dry out.

bone in chicken covered in bbq sauce after broiled

Plate these bad boys and serve immediately while they are still pipping hot! Serve with any of these delicious sides and make yourself a homemade casado! Pressure cooker black beans, Cilantro lime rice, Citrus slaw, Healthy fried plantains.

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5 from 2 votes
Pressure Cooker Bone-In Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

This pressure cooker bone-in chicken recipe is the ultimate instant pot recipe. The chicken has a smokey flavory, sticky firm outside, tender, pull-apart moist inside. The best meat you'll ever taste!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken instant pot, chicken pressure cooker
Servings: 12
Calories: 64 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle favorite BBQ sauce
  • bone-in chicken
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. In your pressure cooker add 1 cup water. Layer 3-4 pieces of bone-in chicken. Brush BBQ sauce over chicken. 


  2. Add another 3-4 pieces of chicken and brush sauce over. Continue layering until your chicken is done or pot is full. I can fit about 10-12 drumsticks and thighs.
  3. Cook on poultry setting and slow release. (or high for 20 minutes slow release)
  4. Once chicken is done, remove from instant pot to a foil lined sheet pan. 


  5. Remove skins (if desired). Brush a thick layer BBQ sauce over chicken. Place in pre-heated oven on broil for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Use foil on your sheet pan to protect it from the barbecue sauce that drips off and burns. 

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Bone-In Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64
% Daily Value*
Sodium 388mg 16%
Potassium 87mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Sugars 12g
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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  1. Try making curtido (that “light coleslaw” you mention. It is a central american MUST and an old salvadoran neighbor taught me how to do it. It’s one part vinegar to one part water, with mexican oregano and salt, and tossed with shredded cabbage and jalapenos. AMAZING.Let is sit in the dressing for a couple hours before eating.