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Shredded Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot

Shredded Chicken Is Always Great to Have on Hand for Meals

Shredded chicken breast is such a versatile ingredient that can be used in so many dishes - soups, salads, sandwiches, casseroles, tacos and so much more. It's always good to have it readily available. I'll show you how to easily cook and shred chicken breasts using the Instant Pot.

Shredded Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot
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I could possibly eat it every day.

I have and use so many recipes that call for shredded chicken breast. I’ll be honest, I usually buy the packaged shredded chicken at the supermarket because it’s so much easier. Ever since I got an Instant Pot though, I’ve been making it in there and it really is easy and a whole lot cheaper!

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Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Before we get started, here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Appliances & Cookware

For this recipe, I used my 8 quart Instant Pot.

Tools & Utensils

This is a simple recipe and doesn’t require many tools or utensils. These are the items I used to make this recipe:

  • To avoid burning the chicken, make sure and use the trivet or a cooking rack.
  • I use this small measuring cup constantly. It’s a one cup measuring cup which makes it very convenient for measuring small amounts of liquid. So, if you’re measuring a cup or less, this one is so much easier to handle than the larger 2 or 4 cup measuring cups.
  • I used my favorite cutting board for shredding the chicken. I like it because it’s thick and sturdy and looks beautiful as well.
  • These metal tongs are a must for any kitchen. They’re especially great for handling raw meats like chicken (which I hate touching with my hands ?). I’ve tried various plastic and silicone tongs but nothing beats a good pair of metal tongs.
Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories

Don’t forget to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. It’s a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with the Instant Pot.

Must-Have Instant Pot Cookbooks

I have also put together a list of Must-Have Cookbooks for the Instant Pot.

Cooking Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot
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Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot
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All you need is chicken breasts, chicken broth and an Instant Pot of course!

Recipe for Shredded Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot
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Set the Instant Pot to ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’, High Pressure for 10 minutes. After cooking has completed, perform a 5-minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR). Release any remaining pressure after 5 minutes have passed. Once all the pressure has been released and the pin has dropped you can open the pot.

10 minutes to have perfect mashed potatoes. That's it!
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You’ll have perfectly cooked, juicy chicken breasts. They come out perfect every time, and I can quickly make any of my family’s favorite recipes that call for shredded chicken.

Chicken Breast Made in the Instant Pot
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Perfectly Cooked Shredded Chicken Breast Made in the Instant Pot
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If you need ideas for what to make with shredded chicken, I’ve got those too! Check out one of my family’s favorite dips and my chicken tacos recipe. Also, I just put up a recipe for our version of Chicken à la King.

Really, the possibilities are endless!

Chicken nachos, chicken enchiladas, chicken salad sandwiches, and on and on!

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast

Chicken breasts cooked in broth and shredded.

5 from 1 vote
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Instant Pot
IP Pressure LevelHigh
IP ProgramManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Pressure Release
5 minute NPR
Total Time
20 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Shredded chicken breast is always good to have on hand because it can be used in so many different dishes.
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Category: Poultry


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 chicken breasts


  • Stack the chicken breasts in the Instant Pot on top of the trivet.
  • Pour 1 cup of chicken broth over the chicken breasts.
  • Set the Instant Pot to cook for 10 minutes on Manual / Pressure Cook at High Pressure.
  • Once cooking has completed do a 5-minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR). Release any remaining pressure once the 5 minutes have passed.
  • Ensure that the chicken is at a safe internal temperature before serving.
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and place in a bowl and shred.
  • Your chicken is ready to use in any recipe!

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Calories: 130kcal | Protein: 24g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 441mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Kitchen Tools

This is a list of the kitchen tools, utensils and appliances I used to make this recipe.

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  • Cindy says:

    Someone told me that you can use your KitchenAid mixer with the paddle to shred warm chicken breasts. I haven’t tried it yet, but my friend swears by it. She says they need to be warm and not cold.

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Yes! I’ve seen a lot of people say that. I haven’t tried it yet, I use two forks! I guess if it was a lot of chicken it would be worth dirtying the big mixer bowl!

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