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Michael’s Chicken (Instant Pot or Crockpot)

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  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Michael’s Chicken can be made in the Instant Pot or Crockpot. It is chicken thighs with a homemade barbecue sauce cooked together at the same time. 


  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch


Instant Pot Instructions: 

  1. In a pot-in-pot dish whisk together the Worcestershire, vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, liquid smoke and tomato paste. 
  2. Pour the broth into the Instant Pot. Add chicken thighs into the pot. Salt and pepper the chicken. 
  3. Place the pot-in-pot dish on top of the chicken (you can use a trivet but you don’t have to).
  4. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 10 minutes. When time is up let pot sit for 5-10 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid. 
  5. Carefully remove the pot-in-pot dish. Drain the Instant Pot of the broth. 
  6. Add the sauce from the pot-in-pot dish into the Instant Pot with the chicken. 
  7. If you’d like to thicken the sauce make a cornstarch slurry by stirring together the cornstarch and 2 Tbsp of water until smooth. Turn the pot to the sauté setting and then stir the slurry into the pot until the sauce thickens. 
  8. Serve the chicken with sauce drizzled on top. 

Slow Cooker Instructions: 

  1. In the bottom of the slow cooker whisk together the Worcestershire, vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, liquid smoke and tomato paste. 
  2. Add the chicken into the slow cooker (no broth is needed for the slow cooker version). Salt and pepper the chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. 
  4. Stir, serve and enjoy!


To bake in the oven mix up the sauce in a bowl. Place chicken in a baking dish. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. This would be really good with bone-in chicken pieces. 

  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker