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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders Recipe

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Get ready to elevate your taste buds with the ultimate crowd-pleaser, Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken On Sliders! Bursting with smoky, tangy flavors, this quick and easy recipe will transform your kitchen into a barbecue haven.

Elevate your gatherings with these irresistible BBQ Chicken sandwiches are a real taste sensation!

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy To Make: This Pulled Chicken Sliders Recipe is an easy and delicious dish that can be served as a meal, snack, or appetizer.
  • Great Flavor: The combination of chicken, pickles, and BBQ Sauce provides a unique flavor that will have you coming back for more.

Recipe Ingredients

You don’t need much for this recipe! Snatch up the ingredients on your way home from work.

  • Large Chicken Breast: Chicken breasts are the main protein in the sliders, it’s lean and absorbs the BBQ sauce flavors well.
  • BBQ Sauce: Gives the chicken a rich, tangy, and smoky flavor that’s a signature of BBQ chicken.
  • Purple Onion: Adds a sharp and slightly sweet flavor, providing a crunchy contrast to the soft chicken.
  • Kosher Pickle Chips: Offers a tangy crunch that complements the rich BBQ sauce and balances the overall flavors.
  • Dinner Rolls: Soft and slightly sweet, complementing the savory filling.
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders Ingredients

How To Make Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken?

Just follow the simple steps below for a delicious meal everyone will love!

Step One: Place Chicken In Pot

Place chicken breast in the instant pot on a trivet and add a cup of water or chicken broth to the bottom of the inner pot. For juicier chicken, just place it right in the broth.

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Step Two: Pressure Cook

Close the lid and seal the pressure valve. Hit the manual or pressure cook button and set the time for 8 minutes.

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Step Three: Natural Release The Pressure

I recommend allowing the Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure for about 10 minutes. Then, manually release the pressure once finished cooking. Remove the chicken from the instant pot and pour out the water.

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Step Four: Shred The Chicken And Flavor

Shred the chicken, return to the instant pot, and place on sauté. Add the BBQ sauce and sauté for 1 minute.

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Step Five: Slice The Rolls

Half the rolls with a knife and place bottoms of rolls in a 9 x 9 baking pan.

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Step Six: Prepare The Sliders

Spread shredded BBQ chicken across the rolls, top with sliced onions, pickles, and then the top bun.

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Step Seven: Broil The BBQ Chicken Sliders

Broil sliders on high for 90 seconds (or less depending on your oven. Keep a close on to prevent burning).

Step Eight: Serve And Enjoy

Remove from the broiler, serve, and enjoy.

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Cooking Tips

There isn’t really much to this recipe, but if you want to make it even better, here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:

  • Use chicken broth. Instead of using water to pressure cook the chicken, use chicken broth. It will make your chicken even more tender and juicy. Check out our recipe for Homemade Chicken Broth here.
  • Always natural release. When the time is up, allow the pot to naturally release for about 10 minutes. This will ensure your chicken doesn’t come out tough and hard to shred.
  • Use honey BBQ sauce. For a sweeter more flavorful slider, use a BBQ sauce with honey. I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce.

Variations

  • More Flavor: Feel free to add some garlic powder or onion powder to the chicken breast for added flavor and taste.
  • Add Spice: For a spicy kick had a little chili powder to your favorite bbq sauce and cooked chicken.

Substitutions

  • Chicken Thighs: You can switch your skinless chicken breasts for boneless skinless chicken thighs if you wish to use a different chicken meat.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Store leftover Instant Pot pulled chicken sliders in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.
  • Separate Components: If possible, store the chicken and slider components separately to maintain the texture and prevent sogginess. Reheat the chicken before assembling the sliders.
  • Freezing: Pulled chicken freezes well. If you’ve made a larger batch, freeze the pulled chicken in an airtight container or resealable bags. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheating: To maintain moisture, reheat the pulled chicken in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of broth or barbecue sauce. Reheat the buns separately in a toaster or oven for a crisp texture.
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What To Serve With This Recipe?

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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders is a quick recipe to make to be loved by whole family.

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 purple onion sliced thin
  • 9-11 kosher pickle chips
  • 9 dinner rolls

Instructions

  1. Place chicken breast in the instant pot on a trivet and add a cup of water.
  2. Close the lid and seal the pressure valve. Pressure cook on high for 8 minutes.
  3. Manually release the pressure once finished cooking. Remove the chicken from the instant
    pot and pour out the water.
  4. Shred the chicken, return to the instant pot, and place on sauté. Add the BBQ sauce and sauté for 1 minute.
  5. Half the rolls with a knife and place bottoms of rolls in a 9 x 9 baking pan.
  6. Spread shredded BBQ chicken across the rolls, top with sliced onions, pickles, and then
    the top bun.
  7. Broil sliders on high for 90 seconds (or less depending on your oven. Keep a close on
    to prevent burning).
  8. Remove and serve.

Notes

  1. Use chicken broth. Instead of using water to pressure cook the chicken, use chicken broth. It will make your chicken even more tender and juicy.
  2. Always natural release. When the time is up, allow the pot to naturally release for about 10 minutes. This will ensure your chicken doesn't come out tough and hard to shred.
  3. Use honey BBQ sauce. For a sweeter more flavorful slider, use a BBQ sauce with honey. I use Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 548mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 7g

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14 Comments

  1. Booyah! Time to bust out my Instant Pot. I bought it like a year ago, but I never used it. I think this is the perfect recipe to break it in.

  2. This sounds like an absolutely delicious instant pop recipe – I have to admit I do love BBQ chicken.

  3. These sure look amazing. I love sliders. I’ll have to try these ones out. I’m sure they’re delicious.

  4. What a fun summertime recipe. Thanks for sharing! I’d love to make this next time we have guests over.

  5. My wife and I love to buy sliders because they’re great as snacks. It seems like a good idea to make them at home instead. We can also serve it to guests.

  6. Yum, so easy to make and delicious making. I really need to get myself an instant pot. Can’t beat the speed and ease.Yum!

  7. I’ve never tried preparing chicken sliders before. I’ve only tried beef sliders. I must try that. Looks delish!

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