Print Recipe

Instant Pot Dr Pepper Chicken Recipe (BBQ)

With just 4 simple ingredients, this easy Instant Pot Dr Pepper Chicken Recipe is the ultimate addition to your weeknight menu!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Never Ending Journeys


  • 3 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs fresh or thawed
  • 18 ounces Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce {1 bottle}
  • 1 cup Dr Pepper {8 ounces} divided into 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup portions.
  • Optional: Cooked Bacon Slices


  • Add 1/4 cup Dr. Pepper to bottom of Instant Pot, then place Chicken Thighs in the Instant Pot.
  • In medium mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup Dr. Pepper with 18 ounces of Barbecue Sauce, then set 3/4 cup of this sauce mixture aside to drizzle on your cooked chicken once it’s done.
  • Pour remaining sauce mixture from bowl over Chicken Thighs and secure lid on Instant Pot.
  • Select “Meat/Stew” setting, select “High Pressure,” and change cooking time to 15 minutes.
  • Preheat will start 10 seconds after settings are selected.
  • Once Chicken is done, Quick Release pressure before removing lid.
  • Serve as whole thighs, or shred with 2 forks and serve on a bun as a sandwich or sliders.
  • Optional: Top with cooked bacon slices to send the flavor over the top!
  • Drizzle the 3/4 cup of sauce you had set aside over chicken on your plate or bun, and ENJOY!


In addition to cook time, it will take approx. 15 minutes to initially reach pressure before cook time begins.
If using a Crock Pot Pressure Cooker, select the “Beans/Chili” setting to manually override cook time and pressure settings.
optional: serve on top of a bun with cooked bacon