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Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken sandwiches on white plate with coleslaw.

Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken recipe

Pulled chicken with sweet pineapple BBQ sauce cooked in pressure cooker. Perfect served as sandwiches!
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Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, Instant Pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
coming to pressure 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 349kcal
Author Anna


  • 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.


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.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1169mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 17.6mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.4mg