Shredded chicken is really easy to make in your Instant Pot®. Make this big batch and reheat as needed.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
4 pounds chicken
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine chicken breasts, water, salt, and pepper in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 20 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

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  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  • Shred the chicken using 2 forks. Store shredded chicken in an airtight container with the liquid to help keep it moist.

Cook's Note:

Substitute chicken broth for the water if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

115 calories; protein 22.1g; fat 2.3g; cholesterol 58.6mg; sodium 193.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2018
Will definitely make again! Two chicken breasts, bone in, 3/4 cup water, six minutes pressure cooking with quick release kept my kitchen COOL. Produced a nice moist, easy to shred chicken. We added the shredded chicken to a frying pan with taco seasoning and used wraps to make a Burrito with all the toppings. Easy peasy and fast. I am sure that the chicken broth would make it taste even better. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2018
Will definitely make again! Two chicken breasts, bone in, 3/4 cup water, six minutes pressure cooking with quick release kept my kitchen COOL. Produced a nice moist, easy to shred chicken. We added the shredded chicken to a frying pan with taco seasoning and used wraps to make a Burrito with all the toppings. Easy peasy and fast. I am sure that the chicken broth would make it taste even better. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2018
Such an easy way to make shredded chicken! I only used about a pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts. I still used 1/2 cup water and about half the salt and pepper. Cooked in the Instant Pot for 20 minutes. It was so tender it shredded easily. I mixed it with taco seasoning and water let it simmer and had easy great tasting chicken tacos. Clean up was easy too. I ll never do shredded chicken any other way. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2018
Whle I did cut the recipe in half I found this to be a painless and perfect way of cooking chicken for chicken salad and casseroles and for freezing for a later use. I was leery of adding just 1/2 cup water since the manual says to use 1 cup but it worked fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2018
Chicken is really moist and this is a low sodium recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2019
This is my first dish in the instant pot and it turned out moist and flavorful and didn't take much time which is important to me. Next time I will add my favorite spices to the chicken before I cook it. Read More
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