Instant Pot Chicken (all purpose shredded chicken)

Instant Pot Chicken is the easiest, quickest, and smartest way to prepare shredded chicken. Use the chicken for weekly meal prep or freeze for future use!

Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Natural Release 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings: 8 -4 ounce servings
Calories: 187 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions

For fresh breasts:
  1. Add 1 cup of chicken stock or water to the instant pot. Add 2lbs of fresh, not frozen, chicken breast to the instant pot. Season with some salt and pepper.

  2. Close the top of the instant pot and place pressure valve to the sealed position. Set the instant pot on manual/high pressure, then set for 7 minutes (if the chicken breasts are HUGE add 1 more minute). **The pot will take about 5-10 minutes to ‘come to pressure’ at which point the time will start counting down.**

  3. Once the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally (do not flip the pressure valve) for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, release the rest of the pressure, then remove the chicken carefully and shred (see suggestions above).

For frozen breasts:
  1. Add 1 cup of chicken stock or water to the instant pot. Add 2lbs of frozen chicken breast to the instant pot. **Make sure the breasts are separated, and not frozen together. It will be difficult to cook evenly if they are all stuck together.** Season with some salt and pepper.

  2. Close the top of the instant pot and place pressure valve to the sealed position. Set the instant pot on manual/high pressure, then set for 12 minutes (if the chicken breasts are HUGE, add one more minute). **The pot will take about 5-10 minutes to ‘come to pressure’ at which point the time will start counting down.**

  3. Once the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally (do not flip the pressure valve) for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, release the rest of the pressure, then remove the chicken carefully and shred (see suggestions above).

Recipe Notes

**For super large chicken breasts add about 1 more minute. Chicken breasts should reach 165 degrees to be considered done. If the chicken has not reached this temperature, you can close and add 1 more minute to the instant pot.

**Feel free to add more or less chicken. You can add more chicken and you shouldn’t have to increase the cooking time.

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