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Bone in pressure cooker chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
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4.88 from 24 votes

Pressure Cooker Bone-In Chicken

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!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 64kcal


  • 1 bottle favorite BBQ sauce
  • bone-in chicken
  • 1 cup water


  • In your pressure cooker add 1 cup water. Layer 3-4 pieces of bone-in chicken. Brush BBQ sauce over chicken. 
  • 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.
  • Cook on poultry setting and slow release. (or high for 20 minutes slow release)
  • Once chicken is done, remove from instant pot to a foil lined sheet pan. 
  • 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. 



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


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 87mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg