If you’re a parent, you might laugh at the beginning of my how-to video today for this easy, frugal BBQ chicken recipe – I wasn’t sure if I’d make it in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot pressure cooker and then guess what? It was suddenly 5:20 p.m. I’ll give you one guess which one I demonstrate!! (Let’s just say I’m glad I figured out how to make slow cooker recipes in the Instant Pot…)
Even with the time crunch, I was able to include my 8-year-old daughter in the video because she knows basic cooking skills, and she did awesome and even starts cleaning up and organizing ingredients like I’ve taught her. Score!
This recipe has a lot going for it that will help you be a good Kitchen Steward, which is why we make it 1-2 times a month at least.
Best. Chicken. Recipe. Ever. Here’s Why:
- Economical: This Instant Pot recipe uses chicken thighs, a less expensive cut of meat – although it’s still meat-centric which is a more expensive meal than a “true” frugal meal like rice and beans. Keep the overall meal cost down further by serving multiple sides or using the chicken on sandwiches where people will likely eat less meat than over rice as shown in the pics. Plus this recipe will cover many meals or freeze half for later!
- Quick: Leah and I put this all together in a very short amount of time – watch the video to see how quickly!
- Freezable: Gotta love something you can freeze for an easy meal later.
- Packable: Served cold, still delicious. This BBQ chicken makes an excellent school lunch.
- Healthy: There’s a tiny bit of sweetener in the recipe but it can be easily omitted. Add veggies to make it even better, but you’re avoiding a lot of processed food additives when you make from scratch like this.
- Flexible: Can be made in the Instant Pot OR slow cooker, depending on how your day plays out.
- Huge batch: This all plays into the “packable” and “freezable” notes – you have to make a lot if you’re going to eat it at so many meals. The recipe as we made it in the video and as listed below is really a double batch already, and I am sure you could 1.5x this or maybe 2x it in the Instant Pot, definitely in a large slow cooker.
- Kid-friendly: If you haven’t already figured out, my kids looooove this recipe. It’s very mild in flavor and easy to chew for tiny ones.
- Allergy-friendly: Free of gluten, grains, eggs, dairy, nuts, soy, corn, sweeteners (optional) and more – so simple to feed everyone! My last recipe video was similar (except for grains) and would make a great frugal side to this dish: 7-Minute Gluten-free Flatbread.
Video: Making BBQ Chicken in the Instant Pot FAST – with a Kid Helper!
If you can’t view the video above, click here to see it directly on YouTube.
Check out how we teach kids to cook with fun, memorable phrases and engaging videos – time for the parents to get a little break while the kids cook dinner!