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Buffalo Pressure Cooker Chicken Sliders

These spicy electric buffalo pressure cooker chicken sliders are the perfect appetizer or dinner for your family! Just 3 ingredients using fresh or frozen chicken makes the easiest Instant Pot buffalo chicken that will fly off the table at your party this year.

Electric Pressure Cooker Chicken

If you like spicy food you will love these spicy electric pressure cooker chicken sliders. I use this pot almost daily and always looking for new and easy Instant Pot recipes for my family! (affiliate links present)

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Sliders

I like quick and easy pressure cooker and Ninja foodi recipes with 5 or few ingredients AND done in under 30 minutes. This one was really yummy with just 3 main things. You can use whatever brand you have at home, we have a Crockpot Express that works just the same way.

With poultry these directions will make each piece so fork tender that it won’t be able to be sliced. You will get delicious shredded chicken in Instant Pot that you then can toss with your favorite sauce and serve inside buns.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Ninja Foodi Buffalo Chicken

I made these using frozen chicken in the Instant Pot which made it super simple since I didn’t even have to go to the store and I used what was already in the freezer. Yes, you can pressure cook frozen meat to tender and delicious. It’s easier to do than you might have initially thought. Cuts down on meal prep time by a lot.

If you made a pressure cooker frozen whole chicken and have some left you can shred that and just skip to step 4 below in the recipe card! You could use fresh chicken breasts like I did when making these Ninja Foodi shredded chicken sliders you can do that too, but using frozen to begin with is really handy.

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken

This is what it looks like when it’s done! The bonus to this is when serving as an appetizer or at a party is that you can leave it in the spicy sauce to sit and it lasts quite a while. Leftovers the next day are even really yummy. With a side of rolls or our favorites are these cute little Hawaiian sweet rolls and topped with creamy cole slaw they’re always a hit.

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Does chicken get more tender the longer you cook it in an Instant Pot?

Yes and no. If you don’t pressure cook it long enough it will be rubbery and not fork tender. Proper cook times will yield a super tender and moist pieces of meat you can shred easily with forks. If you cannot pull the shreds easily it needs more time. Typically breasts take about 12 minutes and a natural release will keep it super tender.

How much liquid is needed for Instant Pot chicken?

Not much. Reason for this is that the meat itself will release liquid/broth as it cooks which will add to it so really you only need less than 1 cup to create the steam you need to bring the pot to pressure. Breasts will yield the most while bone-in will release less.

Buffalo chicken sliders with Cole Slaw

You are free to make homemade toppings such as this easy Hawaii cole slaw recipe, or buy already made in a tub at the store. Add extra sauce on to your sandwiches, caramelized onions can be fun or just as is with nothing else.

  1. Chicken breasts (frozen or fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts are best – about 4 – 5 med. size)
  2. Franks Red Hot sauce
    1. Or a bottle of barbecue sauce if you’d rather use that + 3/4 c. water
  3. Ranch dressing mix
  4. Hawaiian rolls
  5. Cole slaw
  6. Instant Pot or any brand of electric pressure cooker

Salt and pepper to taste when done if you want. You can literally do this with any type of meat when cooked fresh or as leftovers like we do with our roast beef sliders.

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Super Bowl Appetizer

These aren’t for the faint of heart, they are spicy. I am not a huge spice fan but I loved these. I’d compare them to a med/hot level of buffalo sauce but the cole slaw cools them down. Cole slaw not only adds some crunch and texture, and color, to these electric pressure cooker chicken sliders but it provides some cooling for the heat of the sauce.

Buffalo chicken sliders with Ranch Packet

They’re really tasty. If you’re looking for more easy Instant Pot chicken recipes and appetizers here are a few more:

If you love spicy appetizers like these, you’ve got to try this Crockpot buffalo chicken sliders in your slow cooker, Instant Pot shredded buffalo chicken, or buffalo chicken dip too!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Does chicken need to be submerged in pressure cooker?

No, we went over that earlier. To cook the meat you just need a cup or a bit less of liquid to steam it to tender. If you want it to cook in a sauce yes you can submerge it to add flavor but that isn’t necessary. We have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for you to follow. Here is a quick step by step though you can check out before you get going;

  1. Put frozen chicken breasts into your pot with water or chicken broth.
  2. Set to high pressure for 12 minutes then allow 3 minutes to release steam naturally = 15 minutes cook time total.
  3. Then do a quick release and you should have tender cooked chicken ready to shred.
  4. Mix together other ingredients and pour in, stir so cooked chicken breast pieces are coated well.
  5. Cook on high for 2 more minutes, do not release naturally at this time, quick release is fine.
  6. Stir and serve as you desire. It’s a great weeknight meal or app.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Sliders

These spicy electric pressure cooker chicken sliders are the perfect appetizer or dinner for your family! Get ready for Super Bowl with your Instant Pot and just 3 ingredients to make the easiest snack that will fly off the table at your party this year. Bring on the heat!
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, electric, instant pot, pressure cooker, shredded, sliders, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 322kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Put frozen chicken breasts and broth (or water) into your Instant Pot.
  • Set to manual, pressure, high for 12 minutes.
  • Do a natural release.
  • Lift lid and shred chicken with 2 forks.
  • Pour your bottle of hot sauce and packet of ranch dressing if you want to add that taste and tone down the heat (or barbecue sauce +3/4 c water) and stir well so chicken is well coated.
  • Put lid back on and set to manual, pressure, low for 5 minutes. If you don’t have the low pressure feature then set to pressure high for 2 minutes.
  • Do a quick release.
  • Serve on rolls topped with cole slaw!


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Chicken Sliders
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 531mg23%
Potassium 419mg12%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 13.4mg74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
4 from 1 vote
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Sunday 4th of February 2018

How long should the chicken breasts cook if they’re not frozen?

The Typical Mom

Sunday 4th of February 2018

I cook whole chicken breasts that aren't frozen on the poultry, normal setting for 15 minutes.

Libby H

Saturday 3rd of February 2018

How long would you say this takes start to finish?


Monday 8th of January 2018

What could I use that's not as hot as Frank's Hot Sauce? Looks yummyď

The Typical Mom

Monday 8th of January 2018

If you aren't a fan of spicy but want something similar and easy try our bbq sauce version here:

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