Instant Pot shredded chicken is a truly hassle-free way to prepare shredded chicken with tender, juicy results in about 30 minutes. Use fresh or frozen chicken breast for this recipe! Shredded chicken made from boneless, skinless, chicken breast is a lean, staple protein we love to add to our favorite recipes that use cooked chicken.
Place CHICKEN BREASTS in the Instant Pot, season with SALT and PEPPER, and pour in the CHICKEN BROTH (or water).
Select "Manual” +5 minutes on "High” pressure for fresh chicken. If using frozen chicken, set the cooker to +8 minutes.
When the cycle completes, allow the Instant Pot to sit for 10 minutes undisturbed for a natural pressure release (NPR).
Then, using an oven mitt for protection, release any remaining steam by turning the pressure release valve to the "Venting" position.
Open the lid and insert a meat thermometer into each breast to confirm a minimum internal temperature of 165°. (NEVER SKIP THIS FOOD-SAFETY STEP!)
Transfer chicken breasts to a plate, drape them with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes before shredding. This is key for moisture retention, so resist the temptation to shred them right away.
Then, shred the chicken breast using 2 forks, a stand mixer, or a hand mixer…your choice!
Portion the shredded chicken into airtight containers. Spoon some of the juices from the shredding pan over the chicken. Refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 90 days in vacuum-sealed bags.
Yield: 4 cups shredded chickenServing size: 1 cupNutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, and are estimates based on unbranded ingredients acquired from a nutrition database. For accurate calculations, please refer to brand packaging information and consult your nutritionist.