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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is the perfect easy start to weeknight dinners! Perfect for making chicken salad, tacos, or for adding to a salad. This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast recipe will become a staple in your house.

Sometimes I can be a little slow.

Case in point: I just now bought an Instant Pot despite the fact that I am a food blogger and that they are all the rage.

To be honest, I never understood what all the fuss was about.

What could my Instant Pot do that my Slow Cooker couldn’t?

 

First process photo for Instant Pot Pulled Chicken - ingredients are all in the Instant Pot.

Turns out quite a bit.

Now that I finally have one, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to jump on the bandwagon.

Not only is it the best way I know of for busy Moms to et a meal on the table fast, but Instant Pots also have a host of other functions. Mine works as a: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer.

Whew – as you can see I have quite a few other appliances that I won’t be needing any time soon.

(If only it was an Air Fryer too.  You guys know I adore my Air Fryer!)

Second process shot for Pulled Chicken in Instant Pot

One of my favorite ways to use my Instant Pot is for this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken. I have made variations of this recipe every week since I got my Instant Pot and I doubt I’ll ever go a week without making it.

It takes just minutes and makes dinnertime a snap.

Third process shot for Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

There is no need to run out for a rotisserie chicken when you can have shredded chicken in less than 15 minutes! I love that it is not only saving me time but also saving me money!

I have used this chicken in salads, open-faced chicken salad sandwiches, zucchini ravioli and zucchini enchiladas.  Here is a a great list of recipes you can make with shredded chicken if you are looking for a little inspiration.  I am dying to make these Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos.

Fourth process shot for Instant Pot Shredded Chicken - cooked chicken being shredded in the Instant Pot

When I make this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken on the weekends, I divide it into small containers and freeze it. That way I can pull out just what I need during the week.

Since I have been really good about meal planning lately, I go through what I am planning on cooking and portion out exactly what I need for recipes, making sure I’ve got some left for easy lunches.
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken packaged for the freezer

Frequently Asked Questions for Instant Pot Shredded Chicken:

How Long Do You Pressure Cook Chicken Breast?

  • How long you pressure cook chicken breast will depend on how much chicken you are cooking as well as the size of the pieces. Cubed chicken will cook more quickly than whole breasts. Likewise, it will take a little longer to cook four pounds of chicken than it will two, so make sure you adjust accordingly. Generally speaking, I recommend cooking between 10 and 12 minutes.

How Much Liquid Do You Need in an Instant Pot?

  • You can adjust the amount of liquid according to personal preferences, but I recommend using at least one cup. Since I am most often making this recipe ahead of time, I like to reserve the liquid for storing. It makes the chicken much more moist.

Is There a Difference Between and Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker?

  • I like to think of an Instant Pot as a very fancy Pressure Cooker with additional features. Also, not all pressure cookers are electric whereas all Instant Pots are.

How Do I Do a Quick Release On an Instant Pot?

Can I Freeze Instant Pot Shredded Chicken?

  • Absolutely! I recommend dividing it into smaller containers in various sizes according to how you think that you will use it. I let it cool completely first and then label it with the date so that I can always use the oldest first.

 

Photo of Instant Pot Shredded Chicken in a white dish and garnished with parsley taken from the side.

Frequently Asked Questions for Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast:

Tools for Making Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is the perfect easy start to weeknight dinners! Perfect for making chicken salad, tacos, or for adding to a salad. This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast recipe will become a staple in your house.

Course: Main

Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Healthy

Keyword: Instant pot pulled chicken, Instant pot shredded chicken, Instant pot shredded chicken breast, Pressure cooker shredded chicken, Pulled chicken in instant pot

Servings: 8

Calories: 137 kcal

Author: Wendy Polisi

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place chicken, tomato puree, chicken broth, garlic powder, bay leaf, salt and pepper in the Instant Pot.

  2. Close the lid and pressure valve.

  3. Cook at high pressure for 12 minutes.

  4. Quick release pressure. Allow chicken to sit another 5 minutes and then open the lid.

  5. Remove from the Instant Pot and shred.

Recipe Notes

Variations for Instant Pot Pulled Chicken

  • To make taco filling, use the saute function to saute an onion in olive oil for 6 minutes. Omit the broth and add 10 ounces of diced tomatoes with green chilies and 2 tablespoons taco seasoning. After the chicken is done and shredded, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lime over it.
  • To make BBQ shredded chicken, add in 3/4 cup barbecue sauce and 1/4 cup chicken broth.

Tips for Making Pulled Chicken in Instant Pot

  • Make sure you use the quick release function to avoid over cooking.  If you prefer not to use this function, reduce the cooking time to six minutes.  Always test the meat to make sure it is done.  The internal cooking temperature should be at least 165 degrees.

Nutrition Facts

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Amount Per Serving

Calories 137 Calories from Fat 27

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3g 5%

Cholesterol 72mg 24%

Sodium 335mg 14%

Potassium 507mg 14%

Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%

Protein 24g 48%

Vitamin A 2.4%

Vitamin C 5%

Calcium 0.9%

Iron 4.1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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