Do you have your food game plan ready for the super bowl? One of the things I’ll be serving are these BBQ Shredded Chicken Sandwiches. It’s such a quick recipe using an Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker or multi pot). Just stir the bbq sauce together and pour it over boneless, skinless chicken thighs and sliced onions. The whole thing cooks for just 15 minutes, then shred the chicken and serve. Easy-peasy!
Start with some bbq sauce, I used homemade, and add a few flavorful additions.
Place boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a 6-quart or larger Instant Pot, multi-pot, or electric pressure cooker. Pour the bbq sauce mixture over the chicken.
Add sliced onions.
Stir everything together well and place the lid on the cooker, being sure the vent is sealed closed.
Set the cooker on high pressure for 15 minutes. When the time is up, quick release the pressure and remove the chicken. Set the cooker on “saute” or “sear” and reduce the remaining liquid by half (or transfer liquid to a saucepan and reduce it on the stovetop).
Shred the chicken with two forks or shredding claws and stir back into the reduced bbq sauce. Serve on rolls.
Instant Pot BBQ Shredded Chicken
makes 3 pounds, about 12 servings
4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 large onion, sliced (about 9 ounces by weight)
1 cup barbecue sauce (try my homemade from this post)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon ground chipotle powder (optional, but recommended)
1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
9 ounce onion, sliced
Place chicken thighs and sliced onions in a large bowl.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour over chicken and onions and stir well to combine.
Transfer mixture to a 6-quart or larger Instant Pot (aka multi-pot or electric pressure cooker).
Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes; allow pressure to release naturally.
Remove chicken from pot; set aside.
Using saute function on Instant Pot (or in a saucepan over medium-high heat), reduce the remaining liquid by half, stirring frequently, until a nice bbq sauce forms.
Shred the cooked chicken with two forks and add back to the bbq sauce; stir well and reheat gently if needed before serving.
adapted from Ree Drummond