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Instant Pot Carolina-Style Chicken Sliders

Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken made in the Instant Pot and served as chicken sliders. Served with caramelized onions and pickles.

This juicy flavorful chicken is perfect to serve at potlucks, BBQs, and Game Day parties.

Pulled chicken topped with sliced pickles on slider buns.
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Instant Pot Chicken

Making chicken in the Instant Pot is incredibly easy. The key to making chicken in a pressure cooker is to naturally release pressure before removing the lid. Otherwise, the chicken will come out dry and rubbery. Naturally releasing pressure prevents these very common complaints when making chicken in a pressure cooker.

This pulled chicken reason is a great main course for potlucks and summer cookouts. Check out this Coleslaw Recipe, it pairs deliciously with these chicken sliders.


Shredded Chicken

When making this recipe, there is a lot of liquid remaining in the pot after pressure cooking. When making this recipe, you want the chicken to soak the juices back up and the best way of doing this is to use a handheld mixer to shred the chicken. By shredding the chicken this way, the juices will soak back into the chicken while the beaters shred the chicken breasts.

Serving paddle with pulled chicken slider with pickles and oven fries.

Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ

Carolina-Style BBQ is vinegar-based and is packed full of flavor. It's incredibly easy to put the ingredients together and this particular recipe is perfect for the pressure cooker. While the chicken is pressurizing, the flavors of apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard infuse into the chicken and the result is juicy and tender shredded chicken.

Instant Pot Carolina-Style Chicken sliders with homemade fries on serving paddle with a side of fries.

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Instant Pot Chicken BBQ Sliders

Sliders are perfect when serving a large crowd and my favorite to use for this recipe are brioche rolls.

Caramelized onions are perfect as a topping on these Carolina-Style Chicken Sliders. To make caramelized onions, heat olive oil in a skillet and add a tad bit of butter. Once melted, add sliced onions to the skillet, sprinkle with granulated sugar and salt, and saute for a few minutes. Occasionally stir the onions while they're sauteeing. It's really that easy!

Pickles are another favorite when serving these Instant Pot chicken sliders and the bread and butter variety are a great match.

Of course, coleslaw goes hand in hand with BBQ and makes a great topping.

Oven-baked fries with slider rolls and a serving platter with pulled chicken slider bun.

📖 Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Carolina-Style BBQ Chicken Sliders

Carolina Style Vinegar Chicken Sandwiches served with pickles on a wooden board.

Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken made in the Instant Pot and served as sliders. Served with caramelized onions and pickles.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Natural Release 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, less or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • slider buns


  1. Add the boneless and skinless chicken breasts into the liner of the Instant Pot.
  2. Combine the vinegars, sugar, Worchestershire sauce, mustard, and the spices together and pour them on top of the chicken.
  3. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK setting and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before removing the lid.
  5. Use a handheld mixer to shred the chicken. There will be liquid in the pot but the chicken will soak most of it back up.
  6. When serving, serve with a slotted spoon or tongs.
  7. Serve with caramelized onions, pickles, or other desired toppings on buns.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Slider

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 18g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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