This Instant Pot shredded chicken is versatile and can be used in various recipes, making it a convenient option for meal prep or quick dinners.

Shredded Instant Pot chicken breast is a quick and easy dish to prepare.

bowl of shredded chicken with tongs

Chicken is versatile. It’s affordable, high in protein, and can be cooked in many ways. Shredded chicken is a great way to add flavor and texture to your meals without spending too much time in the kitchen.

Shredded chicken is a delicious and nutritious addition to any dish, and it can easily be incorporated into your weekly meal plan.

wood plate with shredded chicken and fork

How to serve Shredded Chicken

  • Salad: For a delicious and filling salad, top a bed of greens with shredded chicken, avocado, corn, black beans, and salsa.
  • Burritos/Bowls: Shredded chicken can be a protein source in burritos, bowls, or stir-fry.
  • Dips: Shred chicken into your favorite dips, such as cheese or queso, sour cream, and salsa or buffalo chicken—the options are endless.
  • Add shredded chicken to your favorite wrap or sandwich for a satisfying lunch.
  • Pasta: Use the shredded chicken as a protein source in your favorite pasta dish or stir-fry.
  • Enchiladas: You can make a batch of homemade chicken enchiladas by rolling the shredded chicken into tortillas with cheese and your favorite sauce.
  • Omlete or Quiche: Add shredded chicken to your morning omelet or quiche.
overhead shot of shredded chicken in bowl

How to shred chicken

Chicken is easiest to shred when it is still warm but cool enough to handle. There are three ways to shred chicken, each method has its benefits, so choose the one that works best for your recipe and preferences.

  1. Using two forks to pull the meat apart.
  2. Place the chicken in a stand mixer on low speed. (My preferred method.)
  3. Use your hands to tear it into pieces.
Cooked chicken in juices

How to store shredded chicken

To refrigerate, put the shredded chicken in a sealed container, add a quarter cup of cooking liquid for every 4 cups of chicken, and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

To freeze, put the ingredients into gallon ziplock bags, add the cooking liquid, press out any air, and stash in the freezer for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight.

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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 , 1 cup servings
Calories: 266 kcal
Shredded Instant Pot chicken breast is a quick and easy dish to prepare.
shredded chicken on plate overhead shot

Ingredients
 

  • 5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablepsoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic & herb seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Pour the broth into the instant pot.
  • Place the chicken into the instant pot; some overlap is okay, but ensure good circulation around the chicken breasts.
  • Add seasonings on top of the chicken.
  • Seal the pot, ensure the pressure valve is set to sealing, and program to High Pressure for 10 minutes. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Remove the chicken using tongs and transfer to a plate. Rest until cool enough to handle. Remove the skin, shred (see notes), then add half a cup of cooking liquid. Toss, then use immediately or store.
Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 49gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 313mgPotassium: 875mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
shredded chicken on plate overhead shot
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this easy and quick method of making shredded chicken. I used it last night for shredded chicken tacos, and it made my life so much simpler!

  2. 5 stars
    I used to do this in the crock pot but this is my new go to recipe. Super moist and juicy and great flavor

  3. 5 stars
    The Instant Pot Shredded Chicken was a lifesaver for meal prep! It was so easy to make, and the chicken turned out perfectly moist and flavorful. I’ve been using it in salads, tacos, and sandwiches all week.

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