Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken breast recipe is quick and easy and results in a versatile protein that can be used in multiple meals such as shredded chicken wraps, healthy salads or a delicious, easy ramen noodle soup. Great for meal prep and batch cooking ahead of time.

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Shredded Chicken In Instant Pot

This Instant Pot shredded chicken recipe is a hassle-free way to make tender, flavor-packed chicken in a short time. Made with chicken breast and a few seasonings, this protein meal prep food can be stored in the fridge or freezer and can be used in multiple dishes.

So, let’s grab your Instant Pot and get started on this delicious dish!

What To Do With Shredded Chicken: Meal Ideas & Recipes


Chicken -In this shredded chicken recipe, we are using chicken breasts cut into 2-3 pieces. We recommend cutting the thicker part of the chicken breast in halves, going lengthways, and trying to create pieces of similar thickness. This way, all parts will be cooked evenly.

Flavor base – the chicken is cooked in chicken broth which alone will infuse the meat with flavor, however, we are also adding paprika, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. This simple combination of seasonings gives the chicken a delicious taste that is versatile and can be used in many dishes. 

Ingredients for Shredded Chicken

How To Make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

You will find the full recipe with ingredients and nutritional breakdown in the recipe card below. Let’s break it down with step-by-step photos and video. You can use a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot.

There are two stages to making shredded chicken in the pressure cooker. The first stage is to pressure cook the seasoned chicken breasts in a broth. The second stage is to cool the cooked chicken and shred or thinly slice the meat with a fork and knife. The meat can be stored with the broth to keep it from drying out.

Step 1. Cut the chicken breasts into 2 pieces each, going lengthways, making sure to slice through the thickest part of the breast.

Step 2. Combine the seasonings in a bowl and sprinkle evenly over the chicken. Rub all pieces with the seasoning mixture and set aside.

Step 3. Add 1.5 cups of chicken broth or stock into the Instant Pot and nestle the chicken pieces in the liquid.

Step 4. Close the lid. Set the Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook mode on HIGH for 12 minutes.

Step 5. After the cooking cycle is complete, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure.

Step 6. Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and place it on a cutting board. Let it cool down. Using two forks, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces, strips.

Use the chicken right away or cool down and store in an airtight container. You can pour the cooking broth over the chicken, which will prevent it from drying out.

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Recipe Tips

Here are some tips to make the best Instant Pot shredded chicken.

  1. Make sure the chicken breasts are cut into even-sized pieces. Some chicken breasts are thinner or thicker and even each piece will have a thicker end. Cut them into 2-3 pieces, especially through the thicker part, to ensure even cooking.
  2. Use the chicken cooking broth. The broth is going to be infused with all the seasonings and chicken flavor and can be used in soups, stew, risottos and more. It’s also great for pouring over the shredded chicken when storing it in the fridge or freezer to help it stay moist and tender. 
  3. Make it with chicken thighs. You can easily use chicken thighs in this recipe recipe. Increase the cooking time from 12 to 15 minutes and keep everything else the same.

Storing Tips

  • Fridge: Store in an airtight container or bag for 4-5 days.
  • Freezer: Store in an airtight container or bag for up to 6 months. Defrost before using in the fridge.
  • Tip: store with some of the cooking broth to prevent the chicken from drying out.

Shredded Chicken Variations

You can customize this recipe to create delicious variations of shredded chicken. Here are some ideas:

  • Add Italian, Cajun, or Taco seasoning instead of the spices we used to create a new flavor for the chicken. French onion soup mix is another delicious flavor base.
  • Make an Asian version with minced garlic, ginger or lemongrass in the cooking broth. You can also add soy sauce OR coconut milk to the chicken.
  • Finish the cooked chicken with BBQ sauce, Buffalo sauce or Ranch dressing for a creamy, tangy, sweet or spicy version.
  • Add a can of diced tomatoes and use ⅔ cup of stock to make a tangy, red sauce.
  • Make it with frozen chicken. Add 2 extra minutes to the pressure cooking time.

Easy Shredded Chicken Meals

We have a whole roundup post on what to do with shredded chicken but here are three easy meal ideas.

Wraps or Sandwich

You can use bread or wraps to make a quick and easy lunch with shredded chicken, mayonnaise, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and whatever else you like. Try adding some Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese or Buffalo sauce and blue cheese.

Shredded Chicken Wrap

Easy Chicken Salad

You don’t need any fancy ingredients to make a healthy and delicious chicken salad. Start with a lettuce or leafy salad base, and add seasonal crunchy vegetables like cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, radishes, or tomatoes. Finish with shredded chicken, your favorite salad dressing and a little feta or another cheese. You can also make a classic creamy chicken salad like this one.

Salad With Shredded Chicken

Ramen Noodles With Shredded Chicken

Pimp up those lazy ramen noodles with shredded chicken for extra protein. This will make the meal more satiating and nutritious. Check out our Instant Pot ramen recipes.

Ramen noodles with shredded chicken
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Find the full list of ingredients, instructions, and a nutritional breakdown below. If you have questions or cook this recipe, please let us know in the comments, and make sure to rate this recipe so it’s easy for others to find.

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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Learn how to make easy, delicious Instant Pot shredded chicken using chicken breasts and simple seasonings like paprika, onion and garlic powder, cooked in a chicken broth. This cooked shredded chicken is super versatile and can be used in many meals (see examples above).
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Instant Pot Eats


  • 2 lb chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Green onions chopped


  • In a small bowl, mix together salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Cut the chicken breasts in halves going lengthways; make sure to cut the thickest part evenly.. Rub all pieces with the seasoning mixture and set aside.
  • Pour in the chicken broth into the Instant Pot and nestle the chicken breasts inside.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook mode on HIGH for 12 minutes.
  • After the cooking time is done, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure.
  • Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and place it on a cutting board. Let it cool down.
  • Using two forks, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces, strips.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 782mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
CourseMain Course
KeywordChicken Batch Cooking, Whole30, Paleo, Healthy Chicken Recipe, Low-Carb, Keto, Gluten-Free, Instant Pot Chicken Recipes, Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipe, Shredded Chicken, Meal Prep, Chicken Meal Prep
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  1. Our chicken turned out perfectly cooked and tender in the Instant Pot! And I love how there are so many ways to use the shredded chicken once it’s done!

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