Instant Barbecue Chicken

Makes 4 cups


  • ¾ cup apple cider or refrigerated pure pressed apple juice
  • 1 ½ cups barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  1. In a 6-quart. electric pressure cooker whisk together apple cider, ½ cup barbecue sauce, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add chicken thighs; stir to coat.
  2. Cover and cook on poultry setting and high pressure for 8 minutes. Place towel over release valve, then move release valve to quick-release position. Carefully remove towel and allow steam to release.
  3. Remove lid and using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a cutting board. Whisk remaining 1 cup barbecue sauce into cooking juices. Cook, uncovered, on sauté setting for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Meanwhile, use two forks to shred chicken; transfer chicken to a bowl.
  4. Add ¹⁄₃ cup thickened barbecue sauce to chicken; toss to coat.

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