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instant pot with cooked chicken breast being shredded using 2 forks

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breasts

Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make shredded chicken breasts in an instant pot, instant pot shredded chicken, instant pot shredded chicken breasts
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 175 kcal
Author Lara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chicken broth or water or chicken bone broth
  • 2 pounds Chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  1. First make sure your inner steel pot is in the Instant Pot. Then add 1 cup of chicken stock/bone broth/water to the bottom of the pot and then add salt and pepper.
    instant pot with lid off and water with salt and pepper in it
  2. Next add the raw chicken breasts to the Instant Pot. For this recipe there is no need to use a trivet. After that place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the lid is set to sealed.
    instant pot with 2 chicken breasts in it
  3. Then hit “manual” make sure it is on “high” pressure. Next set the timer for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes you will want to do a 5 minute natural pressure release and then a Quick Pressure Release (manually releasing the rest of the pressure).

    overhead view of instant pot with it's lid on
  4. Be careful when you do this as to not burn yourself by the steam being released. Once the pressure is removed you will be able to remove the lid of the Instant Pot.
    instant pot with cooked chicken breasts in it
  5. Now the chicken should be fully cooked and have an internal temperature of 165F. Drain most of the broth from the steel insert, leaving about 1/4 cup in the pot with the chicken.
  6. Finally you can shred your chicken either with 2 forks or with an electric hand mixer. Be sure to incorporate it into the remaining liquid.
    instant pot with cooked chicken breast being shredded using 2 forks

Recipe Notes

If you’re not going to eat all of the chicken after its cooked, make sure to place it into a glassed air tight container a long with some of the remaining liquid. This ensures when you heat it up that it will still be moist and not dry out.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breasts
Amount per Serving
Calories
175
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Cholesterol
 
97
mg
32
%
Sodium
 
706
mg
31
%
Potassium
 
591
mg
17
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
32
g
64
%
Vitamin A
 
45
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.