moist shredded chicken made in a pressure cooker
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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is a delicious and fast way to prepare chicken breasts! If you have been wondering how to make shredded chicken in your Instant Pot, then this is the perfect recipe for you!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Amanda Paxton


  • 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, defrosted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth


  • Season chicken with the spices and then add to the Instant Pot.
  • Pour chicken broth down the side of the pot so you don't rinse off all the spices on the chicken. Put on the lid and turn to seal. Set manual or high pressure to 15 minutes.
  • Let cook for 15 minutes and then quick release pressure. When pressure is released, remove lid and shred with two forks or use a hand mixer on low.
  • Store chicken in the refrigerator in an airtight container and use as needed, up to 4 days.


  • Most Instant Pot recipes call for at least 1 cup of liquid. Only 1/2 a cup of necessary in this recipe. It is enough to come to pressure since the chicken released liquid.┬áMost meats are best when using a natural release, but with chicken, quick release works fine.
  • Nutritional values are for 3 pounds of chicken only which should yield between 6-7 cups. The actual amount may vary depending on the size of the chicken breasts.


Calories: 304kcal | Protein: 51g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 865mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.3mg