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Instant Pot® Shredded Chicken

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Shredded chicken is really easy to make in your Instant Pot®. Make this big batch and reheat as needed."
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45 m servings 115
Original recipe yields 16 servings (4 pounds chicken)


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  1. Combine chicken breasts, water, salt, and pepper in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)). 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.
  2. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.
  3. 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

Per Serving: 115 calories; 2.3 0 22.1 59 194 Full nutrition

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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. ...

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 Po...

Chicken is really moist and this is a low sodium recipe.

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...