Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken Baked Potatoes

Get out of the boring dinnertime routine and experience the layers of flavor with this recipe for instant pot barbecue chicken baked potatoes. You won’t regret it!

A baked potato on a white plate and topped with shredded chicken and cheese.

Loaded BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes

This recipe for loaded barbecue chicken baked potatoes is made with flavorful and juicy chicken thighs. When making any kind of pulled chicken, I always prefer using chicken thighs.

They don’t dry up the way that chicken breasts tend to do (although, the instant pot helps prevent most of that). 

We pressure cook the chicken in a mixture of chicken broth and spices. While the chicken is cooking, you have the choice of either air frying or oven baking the potatoes. You can also cook your potatoes ahead of time in your air fryer using this recipe.

Shredded chicken drizzled with barbecue sauce.

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Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken Baked Potatoes FAQs

Can I substitute chicken breasts for thighs?

Yes. You can switch out the chicken thighs for 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The cook time stays the same.

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How long does the chicken stay fresh?

Cooked chicken will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2 days. If you want to store it for longer, we recommend freezing the chicken, up to 3 months.

How long do the potatoes stay fresh?

Cooked potatoes will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 days.

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Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken Baked Potatoes

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Get out of the boring dinner-time routine and experience the layers of flavor with this recipe for instant pot barbecue chicken baked potatoes. You won't regret it!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed, rinsed and dried
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

    1. Pour chicken stock into the liner of your electric pressure cooker.
    2. Layer the chicken on top and sprinkle with onions.Chicken thighs in instant pot and topped with chicken broth and diced white onion.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Pour over the chicken.
    4. Close the lid on the instant pot and set the pressure release valve to sealing.
    5. Press the manual or pressure cook button and set to 15 minutes on high pressure.
    6. Allow the instant pot to naturally release pressure before removing lid. Cooked chicken thighs inside instant pot.
    7. Meanwhile, rub clean potatoes with olive oil and coat with remaining 1 teaspoon salt.
    8. Place potatoes inside air fryer or a traditional oven.
    9. Cook at 400 degrees for 50 minutes, using tongs to flip halfway. Potatoes will be fork tender when ready to eat.
    10. When the instant pot cooking cycle is complete, remove the chicken from the juices and shred with two forks. Chicken thighs shredded in a glass bowl.
    11. Stir in barbecue sauce. Shredded chicken mixed with barbecue sauce.
    12. Serve barbecue chicken over baked potatoes topped and with cheddar cheese.Overhead shot of loaded baked potato on a white plate.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 baked potato with chicken
Amount Per Serving Calories 922Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 196mgSodium 2952mgCarbohydrates 106gFiber 6gSugar 56gProtein 49g

Nutrition information is an estimate.

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