Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

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Quick and easy Instant pot shredded chicken recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Super juicy and flavorful. No more dry chicken ever again!

Shredded chicken in the Instant Pot is one of the BEST ways to save time and money during the week. You can use this chicken in a million different ways so that you don’t have to cook a full meal every night of the week. This means less spending money on take-out, and more time with family! This Mexican Shredded Chicken (One Pot) and Instant Pot Shredded Beef are also so tender and excellent options for making week night dinners or work lunches easier on yourself.

How to Make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Add ingredients– Place the chicken in a pressure cooker. Pour broth. Sprinkle salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, ginger powder, red chili flakes.
  2. Mix and seal– Mix until combined. Put the lid on and turn the valve to “Sealing.” Select “Manual” mode and set the timer.
  3. Release pressure– When the cook time is over, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then, do quick pressure release. Turn off the pressure cooker and remove lid.
  4. Shred chicken– With 2 forks and mix to combine with all the broth and juices.
  5. Enjoy!

What To Make With Easy Shredded Chicken?

Pizza– Top pizza or flatbread with shredded chicken.

Shredded chicken tacos– Use this chicken to make these Shredded Chicken Tacos (One Pot).

Shredded chicken sandwich– Choose your favorite sandwich bread and load it up with this chicken. Add toppings like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, or whatever else you prefer. Eat the bread cold, or heat it up for a panini.

Quesadillas– Use the chicken to make quick Chicken Quesadillas (One Pan) or add it to these Vegetarian Quesadillas (One Pan) for a very filling and protein packed option. Obviously, the latter would no longer be vegetarian, but it would be delicious.

Wraps– Use this chicken in a buffalo chicken wrap, or with lettuce, onion, and tomato. The options are endless.

Salads– Top your favorite green salad with chicken, or use it a top one of these: Easy Kale Salad (One Bowl), Italian Chopped Salad (One Bowl), or this Thanksgiving Salad (One Pot).

Pasta– Add chicken to this Creamy Mushroom Pasta (One Pot), Garlic Lemon Pasta (One Pot), or this Cheesy Taco Pasta (One Pot).

Soup– Use this chicken in Chicken taco Soup (One Pot) or this Chicken Corn Soup (One Pot).

Stuffed Potatoes– Use this chicken in Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (One Pan) or in regular baked white potatoes.

Chicken Salad– Make a quick Cranberry Chicken Salad (One Pot) using this shredded chicken!

What Type of Chicken Is Best For Shredding?

I use chicken breast for this recipe, but you can use chicken thighs too. They are cheaper and dark meat if you prefer the flavor.

How Do You Shred Chicken?

There are 2 different methods for shredding chicken.

  1. Use 2 forks to pull apart the chicken.
  2. Put the chicken in stand mixer and shred with the paddle attachment.

Variations For Pulled Chicken

Cajun shredded chicken– Add Creole or Cajun seasoning, onions, and green peppers.

Mexican shredded chicken– Add Mexican or taco seasoning, onions, cilantro, and lime.

Greek shredded chicken– Add Greek seasoning and serve with Tzatziki Sauce (One Bowl), cucumbers, and tomatoes in a pita.

Curry shredded chicken– Add curry seasoning and your favorite Indian sauce and serve it over rice.

Asian Chicken– Add soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger, garlic, and a little sriracha for an Asian chicken you can use with stir-fry or over rice.

Make it spicy– Add the red chili flakes, or even green chilies to the chicken.

Add onions– They will add tons of flavor.

BBQ shredded chicken– Add BBQ sauce for pulled chicken sandwiches.

Tips And Techniques

Why is my chicken dry? There was probably not enough liquid in the Instant pot to keep the chicken moist and juicy.

Release the pressure naturally first– Release the pressure for 10 minutes naturally and then so a quick pressure release to relieve remaining pressure. This allows the chicken to fully cook and become pull- apart tender.

Use 2.5 cups low sodium broth– This ensure that the Instant Pot can come all the way up to the proper pressure and maintain a juicy chicken. The broth also adds so much more flavor than just water. It also prevents the chicken from becoming too salty.

Can I put frozen chicken in the Instant Pot? Yes, you can put frozen chicken in the pressure cooker, you will just need to adjust the cooking time to 17 minutes, as opposed to 13 minutes for thawed chicken breasts.

What to do with juice/broth left in the pressure cooker? I don’t discard it because it keeps the chicken most and juicy. However, you can remove the broth and store it in the fridge and use it later for soups or other recipes.

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Freeze– In a Freezer safe bag or container for up to 2 months.

Reheat– From thawed, in the microwave or on the stovetop with a bit of broth to keep it juicy.

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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
23 mins
 

Quick and easy Instant pot shredded chicken recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Super juicy and flavorful. No more dry chicken!

Servings: 6 People
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot chicken
Calories: 269 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Chicken breasts Boneless, Fresh or Frozen
  • 2.5 cups Chicken broth Low sodium
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili flakes Optional

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a pressure cooker.

  2. Pour broth.

  3. Sprinkle salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, ginger powder, red chili flakes.

  4. Mix until combined.

  5. Put the lid on and turn the the valve to “Sealing.” Select “Manual” mode and set the timer for 17 minutes if you are using frozen chicken breasts OR set the timer for 13 minutes if you are using thawed chicken breasts.

  6. When the cook time is over, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then, do quick pressure release to remove remaining pressure.

  7. Turn off the pressure cooker and remove lid.

  8. Shred chicken with 2 forks and mix to combine with all the broth and juices.

  9. There will be a good amount of juice and broth. I don't discard it because it keeps the chicken most and juicy. However, you can remove the broth and store it in the fridge and use it later for soups or other recipes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1010mg42%
Potassium 938mg27%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 78IU2%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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