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shredded chicken from instant pot in bowl

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken comes out perfectly juicy and tender every time!  The easiest way to make a big batch of chicken for your favorite recipes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Natural Pressure Release 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6 Cups
Calories 120kcal
Author Nichole


  • 3 Pounds Chicken Breasts, Fresh or Frozen
  • 3 Cups Chicken Stock or Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder


  • Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of the instant pot and sprinkle evenly with the seasonings, then pour over the broth.
  • Place the lid on the pot and set the valve to sealing.
  • FOR FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS:  Cook on manual, high setting for 16 minutes.
  • FOR FRESH (RAW) CHICKEN BREASTS:  Cook on manual, high setting for 13 minutes.
  • Once the cook time is up, allow the pot to natural pressure release for 10 minutes.  Then, carefully open the valve to remove any excess steam.
  • Turn the Instant Pot off and shred the chicken in the pot, or remove to a bowl and shred using two forks or a hand mixer.
  • Use immediately, or once cool, refrigerate in an airtight bag or container for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


NOTE:  This recipe has been tested in a 6 quart and 8 quart instant pot.
NOTE:  Allow 10 minutes for the pot to come to pressure, plus cook time, plus ten minutes for natural pressure release.
NOTE:  If freezing this chicken, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before using in your favorite recipes.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 120kcal