Pressure-Cooker Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 15 min.


6 servings

Updated: Mar. 24, 2023
I live in Georgia but I appreciate the tangy, sweet and slightly spicy taste of Carolina vinegar chicken. —Ramona Parris, Acworth, Georgia
Pressure-Cooker Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium chicken base
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split, optional


  1. In a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker, mix the first 6 ingredients; add chicken. Lock lid and close the pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 5 minutes.
  2. Allow pressure to naturally release for 8 minutes, then quick-release any remaining pressure.
  3. Remove chicken and cool slightly. Reserve 1 cup cooking juices and discard remaining juices. Shred chicken with 2 forks. Combine with reserved juices. If desired, serve chicken mixture on buns.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup (calculated without buns): 135 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.