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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
  • 1 bottle favorite BBQ sauce
  • bone-in chicken
  • 1 cup water
  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 388mg17%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 12g13%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.