Moist, succulent, and so simple, this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is fail-proof! Seasoned with herbs, garlic, and onion, this shredded chicken recipe is quick and easy to make from frozen or fresh and is great in casseroles, shredded chicken salads and sandwiches, or in tacos. Meal prep a batch to keep in the fridge throughout the week – it’s great for throwing something quickly together. It’s Whole30 + paleo + keto + gluten-free + dairy-free.
Why you will low this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Recipe
- Set it & forget it: Place all of the ingredients into the instant pot and let it work it’s magic. It’s recipes like that that make this fantastic pressure cooker worth it’s weight in gold!
- Shredded chicken goes in everything: In salads, tacos, sandwiches, casseroles, you can even have it as a cheeky wee snack!
- Perfect for meal prep: When I make this I always make extra and keep it on hand in the fridge. I also sometimes leave out the salt so that my baby who is eating solids but not old enough for salt yet, can have it blended into his pureed vegetables. We’re feeding all mouths here!
- You can use either frozen or fresh chicken: YES! I love the fact that if I forget to defrost the chicken (which I absolutely do) I can cook it from frozen in the instant pot, and it becomes fall-apart delicious in no time at all.
- It’s healthy! Chicken is already a lean protein, and all I do is add herbs, seasoning and water to it, keeping it as simple as possible. No extra oil or even stock is neccessary.
- You end up with stock as well as shredded chicken: After the instant pot has finished cooking and you remove the chicken from the pot, you have chicken stock left over. This usually makes about 2 cups (473ml) which you can add to other recipes or keep in the fridge or freezer until needed.
Key Ingredients for Instant Pot Pulled Chicken
- Chicken: I used boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can use either fresh or frozen chicken breasts which is great if you forget to defrost it!
- Seasoning: I added thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. I like to make a classic herby chicken flavour so that it is pretty neutral and can be added to soups or casseroles, or other spices can be added later like taco seasoning to make shredded chicken tacos.
- Water: I add plain ol’ water instead of chicken stock, as the chicken will actually make stock as it cooks and water is just more convenient and easier when I’m cooking quickly. You can substitute it 1:1 with chicken stock and skip or half the salt.
How to store and reheat Shredded Chicken
- Store: Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- Reheat: Reheat in the microwave or in the over until piping hot. I add a little water so that the chicken doesn’t dry out when reheating. You can also reheat shredded chicken in a pan on the stove with a little water.
- Store: Store in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 6 months.
- Reheat: Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before folloing the reheating instructions as above.
What recipes call for this shredded chicken?
You could also use it in these recipes instead of the chicken listed:
Other seasonings to try
If you want to add a different flavour, try these seasonings out:
- Taco Seasoning
- Fajita Seasoning
- Ranch Seasoning
- Cajun Seasoning
- Za’atar Seasoning
- Italian Seasoning
- Chinese 5 spice + garlic powder + ginger powder + chili powder
Why is my Instant Pot Chicken rubbery?
If your chicken isn’t fall-apart tender, and instead seems tough and rubbery it needs to cook a little longer. Place it back in your instant pot and cook it on high pressure for 3 more minutes, allowing it to naturally release for 10 minutes.
Can you overcook chicken in an instant pot?
It’s kind of difficult to do as overcooked chicken tends to be dry, but when it’s cooked in an instant pot the moisture doesn’t escape and it stays juicy the whole time. I think eventually you could cook off all of the water and then it might become dry, but that would take quite a long time! However, you can undercook chicken which is really dangerous to serve! Always make sure chicken is no longer pink before serving or eating it. You shouldn’t have that problem with this recipe though!
What is the white stuff coming out of my chicken breast?
The white stuff that you may see leftover in the chicken stock is just some of the discarded protein and liquid from the chicken. No need to worry – it is safe! You can either keep it in the stock to add to another recipe or throw it away.
More chicken recipes you will love
- PALEO ORANGE CHICKEN
- KETO CHICKEN WINGS
- BRAZILIAN CHICKEN STROGANOFF
- WHOLE ROASTED BBQ CHICKEN
- KETO CRACK CHICKEN CHILI
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- 1kg skinless boneless chicken breasts, fresh or frozen, 2.5 lbs
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp salt , optional *see notes
- 237 ml water, or chicken stock **see notes, 1 cup
- Add the chicken to the instant pot along with the garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, ground black pepper, salt and water.
- Close the lid of the pressure cooker, and set the lid valve to "sealing".
Using fresh or thawed chicken:
- Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes, followed by a natural release for at least 10 minutes followed by a quick release, setting the valve to "venting". You can allow it to natural release completely if desired.
Using frozen chicken:
- Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes, followed by a natural release for at least 10 minutes followed by a quick release, setting the valve to "venting". You can allow it to natural release completely if desired.
After the chicken is cooked:
- Carefully remove the Instant Pot lid and take the chicken out of the pot with tongs, placing it in a large bowl.
- Using two forks, shred the chicken by pulling it apart with the forks.
*you can skip the salt if a child under the age of 1 is eating it, or if you're going to season it later when adding it to another recipe like a chicken salad or soup.
**use half or omit the salt if adding chicken stock instead of water
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7.2g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.4g||1%|
|Total Sugars 0.2g|
|Vitamin D 0mcg||1%|
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Unsaturated Fat: 0g