Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast

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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast. Succulent chicken breasts shredded in the Instant Pot pressure cooker to perfection. If you love your chicken moist then Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast is a dream come true.

We are such big fans here at of shredded chicken, that we are running a series of it via our different kitchen gadgets.

Last time we blogged we showed you how to make air fryer shredded chicken with a delicious honey marinade. Today it is the turn of Instant Pot shredded chicken.

This is probably going to be your favourite out of them all. This is because thanks to the magic of the Instant Pot, it can be cooked quicker and there is less work involved when shredding it.

I always suggest that when you cook chicken breast in the Instant Pot, with the plan of turning it into shredded chicken, that the magic power must be in the flavour of the stock that you could with it.

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This is because without a good stock, your Instant Pot Shredded Chicken can end up rather dull in taste. I notice that this happens a lot, because when people cook their Instant Pot chicken breast that they use just water for the pressure and not flavour it.

Plus, what you have to remember about the Instant Pot, is that because it’s a pressure cooker, you need to over season it as otherwise it loses its taste.

With our version for Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast we will be showing you our favourite marinade and then it will be flavoursome when cooked and you can then use it in a whole variety of dishes.

Though my all time favourite use for it has to be inside Dominic’s freshly cooked tortilla wraps with some mayonnaise. Now that is foodie heaven. Or you can use the shredded chicken in soups, salads, stews or even over baked potatoes.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

#1 Add The Stock

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast

Flavour the bottom of your Instant Pot Inner Pot with your chicken stock. We used our favourite chicken OXO cubes as you crumble them into a jug of boiling hot water and are so simple. Then pour it into your inner pot.

#2 Season The Chicken

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast

It’s very important that you season the chicken otherwise it will come out flavourless. I always season my chicken with salt, pepper and rosemary.

#3 Pressure Cook The Chicken

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast

Cook the chicken for 18 minutes on the poultry setting. Use quick pressure release to quickly remove the chicken from the Instant Pot.

This is important as otherwise the chicken will be overcooked. Don’t do natural pressure release as it won’t be as moist and will be dry.

#4 Shred & Serve

Then shred the chicken. You can do this a number of ways, but I prefer to pull it apart with my hands once it has cooled down a little.

Dominic’s favourite way for doing this is to use tongs to shred it or two forks.

I have also cooked shredded chicken in the Air Fryer, Crockpot & the Instant Pot and I must admit it has always tasted the best and being the most moist when following this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken recipe.

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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast. Delicious and perfect for a quick use out of your leftover chicken breasts. Whole30, Paleo and Slimming World friendly too.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time19 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 3
Calories: 266kcal


  • Mix your chicken stock and place it in the bottom of the Instant Pot inner pot. Add the steamer shelf (trivet) and place your chicken breasts over it. Season them well with salt, pepper and rosemary.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot pressure cooker, set the valve to sealing and cook for 18 minutes on the poultry setting.
  • When it beeps use quick pressure release (QPR) to manually release pressure.
  • Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot, allow to sit for 5 minutes to cool down. Then using a knife and fork (or your hands) quickly shred the chicken.


I use either chicken OXO cubes or my chicken broth recipe for flavouring my chicken stock in the Instant Pot. You could use either of these or go with your own favourite. To make stock with a chicken OXO cube crumble the stock cube into a jug of 250ml of boiling water and then mix well with a fork.
It will then look like a really thin gravy. I did get a very small amount of chicken breast stuck to the bottom of the steamer shelf, but such a tiny amount and it came off in my hand and was still great for eating! I have had people say that they get this a lot more than me and its down to them cooking it for 20 minutes rather than 18.
We have found the best place to source chicken breasts to make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is from ButcherBox. You even receive free bacon and $10 off your first order when you sign up with this link.
For the best chicken stock in your recipes I would recommend Kettle & Fire. Unfortunately they are not available in the UK so if you are UK based I would use OXO cubes.


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Fat: 5.8g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 795mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes. Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie marker and several other kitchen gadgets. CLICKING HERE →

4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast”

    • Hi AJ

      If using frozen chicken breasts and depending on the size of them I would add an extra 10 minutes ?

      Kind regards



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