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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

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Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal or meal prep for the week. Busy families benefit from this delicious two ingredient recipe that is ready in 30 minutes and easily customizable.

plate of shredded chicken breasts next to an instant pot

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This juicy and tender shredded chicken can be used in so many ways. You can use it in chicken fried rice, in buffalo chicken dip, in crockpot king ranch chicken, in lemon chicken orzo soup…or, simply serve it on a bun or with some side dishes. It’s a great base for so many things.

You know i’m a slow cooker girl at heart – I had my Instant Pot for over a year without using it much.

Quarantine allowed me time to experiment and making shredded chicken was one of the first thing I used it for. If you need baby steps like I did, I figured this is a good recipe to introduce you to using a pressure cooker.

overhead shot of shredded chicken in an instant pot basin

Using an instant pot in the summer means not having to turn on the oven and heat up the kitchen. It is more energy-efficient than turning on your stove and it has a faster cook time! If you haven’t brought out your instant pot in a while, now is the time. I think you’ll fall in love.

Easily making shredded chicken in the pressure cooker is so versatile and great for meal prep.

INGREDIENTS

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Chicken Stock

TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU:

  • Instant Pot – Of course you’ll need an instant pot. I recommend a 6qt if you have a family.
  • Tongs – I love using tongs when I’m working with chicken to keep my hands clean.
  • Meat Claws – You can easily use forks to shred the meat, but meat claws make it even easier and are even more fun.
tongs placing a chicken breast into an instant pot

HOW TO MAKE IT

STEP ONE: Place chicken in the body of the instant pot and add the stock. Cover, make sure the steam vent is closed. Pressure cook on high for required time.

STEP TWO: Once chicken is done pressure cooking, allow it to naturally release.

pouring chicken broth into instant pot with chicken breasts

HOW TO SHRED IT

Once the cook process is complete, remove chicken and place in a bowl (or keep in the pot, being mindful of the heat).

Using two forks (or the meat claws I linked above), shred chicken into as fine or as thick of pieces as you’d like. Put back into the pot for the shredded chicken to soak up the remainder of the broth or add your favorite BBQ sauce for added flavor.

two forks shredding chicken breasts on a white plate

WHICH SEASONINGS SHOULD I USE?

The broth gives you a good base of flavor but you really have a blank canvas to add whichever seasonings you like.

Salt and pepper, of course, but try poultry seasoning, garlic, onion powder, Italian seasoning, taco seasoning, paprika, or ranch seasoning mix depending on what your end goal is.

CAN I USE FROZEN CHICKEN?

Yes, you can. If you are using frozen chicken, try to separate the pieces from each other first. This may leave the chicken unevenly cooked if it is in a frozen block. Add an extra 5 minutes to cook time if using frozen chicken pieces.

USES FOR SHREDDED CHICKEN

When I said shredded chicken can be used for so many things I wasn’t kidding! Think tacos, chicken noodle soup, chicken salad, nachos, sandwiches, quesadillas, pizza topping, enchiladas, and more.

NEED MORE WAYS TO USE YOUR INSTANT POT? TRY THESE RECIPES:

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plate of shredded chicken breasts next to an instant pot

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal or meal prep for the week. Busy families benefit from this delicious two ingredient recipe that is ready in 30 minutes and easily customizable.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Natural Release Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 144 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken in the body of the instant pot and add the stock. Cover, make sure the steam vent is closed.
  • Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes for thawed chicken or 15 minutes for frozen chicken*.
  • Pressure time will take about 10 minutes. Once chicken is done pressure cooking, allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes.
  • Use in your favorite dishes!

Notes

Note: If using frozen chicken, try to separate the pieces from each other first. This may leave the chicken unevenly cooked if it is in a frozen block.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 25gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 462mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 34IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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