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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

If you need a fast way to meal prep your chicken, this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken will make your day! Simple and quick so that you will have shredded chicken ready for all of your recipes in no time!shredded chicken in a blue and white bowl next to freezer bag with shredded chicken and striped towel

Who couldn’t use a bag full of shredded chicken in their freezer, ready to use in any number of meals to help get dinner on the table quick. Most of us love the idea of meal prep but it’s the execution of the task that often keeps us from getting it done. But now that electric pressure cookers are a new favorite kitchen appliance in many homes, we now have a no excuse and no stress way to get our meal prep done. This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is super basic, yet so perfect because it’s quick, simple and stays juicy even though we use chicken breasts.

raw chicken breasts with chicken broth in

This works for any size Instant Pot and almost any amount you want to make. I made 2 pounds of chicken breasts but quickly wished I had done 3 or 4 instead as I used it up pretty quickly.

How do I cook chicken in the Instant Pot?

Many people put their chicken on a trivet and I’ve tried that method myself. In my opinion that works best for making chicken that you want to keep whole or chop into chunks.

For shredded chicken I prefer cooking the chicken right in the liquid. And for the best flavor, I use chicken broth or stock as my liquid.

You can add seasonings if you like at this step, but I generally keep it plain and add the seasonings later when using it for recipe.

shredded chicken in instant pot

Once your chicken is cooked properly, it will be fall apart tender. I like to remove the chicken to another bowl to shred and then add a bit of liquid from the pot back to it. Not too much though, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup at most otherwise it will get a bit soggy and could ruin the recipe you were planning to use it for.

What can I make with leftover shredded chicken?

  • soups
  • BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
  • enchiladas
  • tacos

shredded chicken with two forks in glass bowl

shredded chicken in a blue and white bowl next to freezer bag with shredded chicken and striped towel

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Jennifer Draper
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Pressurizing 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 freezable servings
Calories 573 kcal


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups chicken broth


  • Add chicken to pressure cooker
  • Pour in enough broth to cover
  • Add lid and seal
  • Set to high pressure for 12 minutes (It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure)
  • Once cooking has completed allow for 5 minutes natural pressure release and then perform quick release
  • Remove chicken from pot and shred in bowl 
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup remaining broth back to shredded chicken if desired
  • Portion into 1 pound bags and label for freezing


Calories: 573kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 103gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 290mgSodium: 632mgPotassium: 1982mgVitamin A: 135IUVitamin C: 5.4mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2.4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I’m a newbie with the instant pot, but I made the shredded chicken tonight, and it was so easy! I used my hand mixer to shred the chicken so that was really fast too. I made about 5 pounds so we’ll use some for dinner tonight and I’ll package the rest in 1 pound packages for the freezer. 🙂

    1. Enough for what? They are supposed to cook for 12 minutes then the 5 minute natural release before you quick release is just to keep juices from spraying….. Can you give me little more info on what you mean?

  2. 5 stars
    I just got my instant pot on Black Friday and already made a beef stew. I’d love to have access to other recipes if you have any! Thank you so much for this tip with the shredded chicken!

  3. How long would I cook 3 or 4 pounds of chicken in my instant pot? Or should I just make two batches of 2 pounds at a time. If I make two separate batches can I reuse the broth? And just sdd the difference to make 2 cups. Thank you, Pat

  4. Unfortunately, I am one of the few people who doesn’t own an Instant Pot. Could you give me or guide me to your slow cooker recipe for shredded chicken? I was hoping this would also include slow cooker method. Thanks!

      1. Thanks for this reply, I’m in the same boat with an old fashion crock pot! I will definitely give this a try for easy meal prep. THANK YOU!

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