Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken with Coleslaw

This shredded BBQ chicken recipe is so easy you'll want to make it all the time.

Tip: To prepare on the stove top, place chicken, 1 cup water and onion in a saucepan on medium-low. Simmer 45 to 50 minutes, until chicken can be shredded with 2 forks.

See Also Cooking with Monk Fruit Sweetener

Cook Time
40 min


  • 1½ lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup sliced yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup unsalted tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp monk fruit sweetener (TRY: NOW Real Food Organic Liquid Monk Fruit)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne powder
  • 4 whole-wheat buns


  • 1 14-oz bag shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil mayonnaise 
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice


1. Cook chicken: In the Instant Pot, place chicken, 1 cup water and onion. Lock lid and set release valve to “sealing.” Adjust to high pressure and cook for 30 minutes. When cooking is done, let pressure release for 10 minutes (don’t move the vent). Carefully set release valve to venting. When metal pin in lid falls and all pressure is released, unlock lid. Transfer chicken and onion to a large bowl with a slotted spoon.

2. Prepare sauce: In a small saucepan on low, whisk ½ cup water, tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire, paprika, garlic powder, monk fruit sweetener, salt and cayenne until smooth. Simmer for 12 minutes, whisking occasionally, until thick and glossy. Toss chicken to coat with sauce.

3. In a large bowl, mix all coleslaw ingredients together. Fill each bun with pulled chicken and coleslaw.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories 587
  • Carbohydrate Content 40 g
  • Cholesterol Content 134 mg
  • Fat Content 29 g
  • Fiber Content 8 g
  • Protein Content 35 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 6 g
  • Sodium Content 730 mg
  • Sugar Content 13 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 16 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 6 g