Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken recipe

One of the fastest chicken dinners I make during summer is a slow cooker BBQ chicken. It is as easy as placing chicken in the crock pot and topping it with BBQ sauce. I jazzed up the idea and converted it to use in my Instant Pot and now I have a new family favorite! And it’s as easy yet much faster to make!
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, Instant Pot, pressure cooker
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 349 kcal

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
coming to pressure
15 mins
Total Time
17 mins


2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1.5 cups BBQ sauce


Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot. Place chicken breasts on the bottom of the insert. Add pineapple juice and stir. Arrange pineapple chunks over chicken and along side, make sure no chunks are under the chicken.
Pour BBQ sauce over chicken. Do not stir.
Place lid on your Instant Pot, switch the valve to "sealing" position. Press "manual" button and adjust timer to 12 minutes. The IP will beep shortly and start coming to pressure.
When the timer is done, the IP will beep. Press "cancel/off" button. Carefully, switch the valve to "venting" position to release the pressure.
When all pressure is released, carefully and away from your face, open the IP. Remove chicken breast onto a plate and shred or pull with two forks.
Return chicken to IP and stir with the sauce.
If the sauce is too runny to your likings, you can set the IP to saute function and let the chicken simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.
Serve in buns, topped with coleslaw, if desired.

Recipe Notes

I like to serve the pulled BBQ chicken in a bun, topped with a simple coleslaw. You can serve potato wedges, fries or potato salad along side. I also love to make baked potatoes and top them with this Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken. So delicious!

I used canned pineapple, because it's easy. For two chicken breasts, I used only 1/2 cup of the juice and 1 cup of pineapple chunks. You can use the whole 21 ounce can for a double amount of chicken. You can use fresh pineapple as well! Simply chop it into bite size pieces, add 1 cup of them to the IP. Use store bought pineapple juice or use chicken stock.

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