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Instant Pot BBQ Ranch Chicken

The combination of a BBQ + Ranch makes for a delicious and simple flavorful chicken! Set it and forget it with this super easy dinner that requires less than 5 minutes of prep time.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet GlutenFreeDiet
Keyword dairy-free option, gluten-free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 409 kcal
Author Amy Rains


  • 2 lbs chicken breast or chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1.5 cups BBQ Sauce divided
  • 2/3 cup Beer* (or chicken broth)
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro for serving
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion for serving
  • 2 cups chopped fresh cabbage for serving


  1. In the Instant Pot, combine chicken, paprika, chipotle chili powder, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, and beer. Give it a stir and secure the lid.

  2. Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes, use a quick release. Once steam is completely released, remove chicken from the pot and shred with a fork. Place chicken back into the pot. If the sauce is really thin, add in 1 tbsp arrowroot starch.

  3. In a bowl, stir together remaining 1 cup BBQ sauce and the ranch dressing. Pour on top of the chicken and stir.

  4. Serve hot in a bowl of greens with toppings: cilantro, onion, cabbage. Or serve in bun as a sandwich with toppings.

Recipe Notes

*I use a lager beer for this recipe. A darker beer will provide a bit more flavor. You can also use chicken broth in it's place.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot BBQ Ranch Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 1239mg54%
Potassium 869mg25%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1017IU20%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.