These succulent, tender, sweet & spicy glazed Instant Pot BBQ chicken thighs will convert even die-hard “white meat only” folks.
Why make BBQ chicken in an Instant Pot?
Of all the chicken recipes I’ve made lately, these Instant Pot BBQ chicken thighs are a current favorite. They are crazy easy to make, and they are so much more tender and moist than the typical oven baked chicken. BBQ thighs in the Instant Pot are perfect because the meat cooks to a fall-apart-tenderness that is out of this world delicious. Thighs cooked in the oven tend to dry out (or cook quicker on the outside and not be done completely inside).
Why Use the Oven for Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs?
The oven allows you to finish the tender, succulent thighs with a saucy, glazed coating that firms up to a BBQ chicken lover’s dream. A short stint (5-10 minutes) under a broiler (high or low~mine even has a “crisp” setting) seals the BBQ sauce onto the meat and begins to brown it. See how this is done in the short video below.
What If My Family Won’t Eat Dark Meat?
One of my daughters has always refused to eat dark meat, but she ate half of on of these thighs before she knew it wasn’t a breast. She admitted that it was delicious, and said that the flavor and texture of the meat reminded her of my baby back ribs. I’ve made this Instant Pot BBQ chicken with breasts (bone-in/skin-on as well as boneless skinless) and thighs (bone-in/skin-on), and hands down the thighs are better. The breast meat is neither as tender nor as flavorful as the thigh meat, but for those who just won’t eat dark meat, by all means use breasts. If you opt to use breasts, you’ll need to cook them longer.
What BBQ Sauce Do You Use for BBQ Chicken Thighs?
BBQ sauce is strictly to your preference. I often use equal parts Dreamland BBQ sauce (spicy) with Bob Gibson’s or another sweet leaning BBQ sauce. You really can use any bottled or jarred sauce of your choosing. If you are really savvy, you can make your own BBQ sauce!
Tools I used: For all the tools that I used to make these Instant Pot BBQ chicken thighs, simply click on and scroll through the images below.
These Instant Pot BBQ chicken thighs are perfect for a quick & easy weeknight meal. When I made these yesterday, I served them with Mississippi green beans, roasted zucchini & yellow squash, and Simply Potatoes mashed potatoes. Easy and delish!
Let me know if you try the chicken; I’d love to hear what you think (and especially if you convert a “white meat only” family member:-)
As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!
- 4-5 pounds chicken thighs, skin-on and bone-in
- 1 cup chopped onion (I use frozen)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 TB extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup BBQ sauce divided inro 1/2 cup portions (use your favorite brand)
- 1/2 cup water
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to broil; adjust oven rack to upper middle.
- Cover baking sheet with foil; place baking grid on top and spray with oil.
- Add olive oil to Instant Pot.
- Press the SAUTE key on the I.P. and allow oil to heat for 1 minute.
- Add onion; saute for 1 minute.
- Add garlic; saute for another minute or two or until onion and garlic are tender.
- Add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup BBQ sauce to IP; stir.
- Add chicken thighs, meaty side facing up, to the IP.
- Press CANCEL to stop SAUTE; cover IP and lock lid (set valve to sealing).
- Press MANUAL and set to HIGH pressure for 10 minutes.
- When IP timer beeps, allow chicken to stay in the IP as pressure releases.
- When pressure goes down (about 30 minutes), release any remaining pressure and open lid.
- With slotted spoon,carefully lift thighs from IP and place onto baking grid.
- With pastry brush, slather remaining 1/2 cup BBQ sauce onto thighs.
- Broil chicken for 2-3 minutes or until glaze is set.
- Turn off oven; leave thighs in until ready to eat, adding more sauce if desired.
Serving Size1 thigh
Amount Per Serving Calories 533 Total Fat 33g Saturated Fat 10g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 23g Cholesterol 290mg Sodium 571mg Carbohydrates 9g Fiber 0g Sugar 6g Protein 54g