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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken

This Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken is easy to make in 20 minutes! It's so juicy and spicy, with the best buffalo flavour! Low carb & Keto!
Course Chicken, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Chicken, Instant Pot, Spicy
Keyword Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Pressurizing Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 47kcal
Author Chrissie


  • 6 quart or 8 quart Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker


  • 2 large chicken breasts (or 3 small to medium chicken breasts)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.
  • Add the water to the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the trivet into the water.
  • Add the seasoned chicken breasts on top of the water, add the lid to the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
  • Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. It will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to reach High Pressure before the 8 minutes of cooking time begins.
  • Once the cooking time is finished, release the pressure manually.
  • Remove the lid when it is safe to do so, and remove the chicken breasts (using the trivet) from the Instant Pot.
  • Drain almost all the water (leave a tablespoon or two of liquid in the pot) and add the chicken breasts back in to the pot.
  • Use two forks to shred the chicken, then add the lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic powder and paprika. Toss very well to coat. Add more or less hot sauce, to your taste.
  • Serve the shredded chicken in tacos or lettuce wraps, or even on a bun, with some chopped tomatoes, creamy blue cheese dressing, and some chopped cilantro.


This recipe is great for meal prep and can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to reheat and serve.


Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 781mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg