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Easy BBQ Chicken Sliders {Thanks, Instant Pot!}

Looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal?  Check out these easy BBQ chicken sliders.  The Instant Pot is a simple way to make delicious pulled BBQ chicken in just 10 minutes!  Paired with slider rolls, pickles, and onion, you can’t go wrong with this dish.

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Easy BBQ Chicken Sliders (in the Instant Pot)

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You know what two things I really love?  Chicken and my Instant Pot.  If you ask what’s for dinner in my house, many nights the reply is some kind of chicken, but I just haven’t figured out what to make yet.

These easy BBQ chicken sliders check all the boxes.  They are quick to make, and not to mention delicious.

You just need a few simple ingredients to make BBQ chicken in the Instant Pot, chicken and BBQ sauce. 

Add your favorite slider rolls and toppings like pickles and onion, and dinner is done.

This BBQ chicken takes just 10 minutes in the Instant Pot.  Then, release the pressure and set the pot to sauté while you shred the chicken with a pair of tongs.

Keep sautéing until you’ve reached the desired amount of liquid…some like drier BBQ chicken, and some like their BBQ chicken to have more of a sauce to it, totally up to you!

We like to send our sliders for a quick trip through the broiler too. We line a 9×9 baking pain with the bottoms of the slide rolls, then spread out our BBQ chicken, and top with pickles and onions.  You can get creative here and add whatever you would like.

We put the tops on, and broil for a minute or two while keeping an eye on things, and dinner is served!

Questions about making BBQ chicken sliders?  We have answers.

How do I cook chicken before shredding?

The quickest and easiest way to cook chicken for shredding is the Instant Pot.  Simply cook your chicken for about 10 minutes, release the pressure, and shred inside the pot for an easy clean up?

How do you make shredded chicken from chicken breast?

The trick is to allow your chicken to cook before you shred it.  The Instant Pot speeds up the process, but you can also cook it in the slow cooker or crock pot.

In the Instant Pot, shredded chicken takes about 10 minutes of cooking time, plus the time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure.

In the crock pot or slow cooker, it takes about 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low to make shredded chicken.

Can I make BBQ chicken sliders with chicken thighs?

You bet!  You can use whatever boneless chicken you would like to make these easy BBQ chicken sliders.  If you are using bone in chicken, be extra careful that you have removed all of the bones from the shredded chicken.

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BBQ Chicken Sliders {Quick and Easy in the Instant Pot!}

bbq chicken sliders with pickles and onion

These BBQ chicken sliders and quick and easy to make thanks to the Instnat Pot. They are great for lunch or dinner, and are easily customizable.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • 9 dinner rolls / slider rolls
  • 1/2 purple onion sliced thin
  • pickle chips


  1. Add chicken breasts to Instant Pot, add 1/2 cup water and 1 cup BBQ sauce.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. Release pressure from pot and remove top.
  4. Turn pot to Saute. With a pair of kitchen tongs, shred chicken inside the pot. Cook until the liquid is reduced to your liking.
  5. Place bottom of slider rolls in a 9x9 baking pan. Spread out BBQ chicken, and add additional BBQ sauce if desired.
  6. Top with pickles and sliced onion, then put tops of buns on.
  7. Broil sliders on low for 1 to 2 minutes, keeping an eye on them.
  8. Serve and enjoy!


We like to add pickles and onions to our BBQ chicken sliders, but the possibilities are endless! Other popular options include cheese and letucce.

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