Instant Pot Shredded Chicken 2 Ways + Meal Prep

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Learn how to make juicy EASY Instant Pot Shredded Chicken! I give you the recipe for both spicy shredded chicken and plain shredded chicken and it is perfect for meal prep and make-ahead meals.

Suitable for Gluten-Free, Paleo and Keto diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

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Say hello to easy shredded chicken – the perfect chicken to put in chicken tacos, on salads, in soups, on pizza or next to a serving of rice or mac and cheese.

This flavorful Instant Pot shredded chicken recipe is made even easier thanks to the pressure cooker. With only 8 to 10 mins under pressure, your chicken breast will shred soooo easy peasy with a fork.

Related Recipe : Instant Pot Pulled Chicken Sandwiches.

Even better, I’m serving you up 2 Instant Pot Shredded Chicken recipes: spicy and plain. ‘Spicy’ is flavoured with tomato salsa, taco seasoning and cilantro (lime optional) and ‘plain’ is simply flavoured with tomato salsa (use as mild or as hot of salsa as you’d like).

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Why You’ll Love It

  • Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is a healthy dish that is packed with protein whilst being low in carbs and calories.
  • It is the ideal meal prep recipe – whip up a big batch (or 3) on the weekend and enjoy it all week long.
  • It also freezes well, so go ahead and make alllll the Instant Pot Shredded Chicken and stick it in the freezer for those times when you’re short on time but need a meal in a jiffy.
  • It produces moist, flavorful chicken (especially moist thanks to the final step, which I’ll explain below.
  • It goes with just about everything. See below for some of my favorite ideas.

A bowl of shredded chicken in landscape

Tools Needed

KITCHEN TOOLS, UTENSILS & APPLIANCES  NEEDED

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Here are some of the items you will need to make these chicken breasts.

Ready to learn how easy it is to make shredded chicken in Instant Pot? Gather your ingredients and let me show you…..

How to Make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken (Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken)

Note: These directions are for spicy shredded chicken. Full directions and quantities are in the recipe card below.

  1. Add broth to Instant Pot insert and add chickens breast in the broth.
  2. Mix together, salsa, seasoning of your choice and chilis. (If making plain shredded chicken, you will skip this step.)
  3. Top chicken breasts with mix. (If making plain shredded chicken, you will top the chicken with the salsa only.)
  4. Close pot, set valve to sealing, select the manual or pressure cook button (dependent upon IP model), select high pressure and set the timer to 8 mins (thin breast) or 10 mins (thick breast). (My chicken breasts were 4 cms/0.4 in thick and took 10 minutes.)
  5. Do a Natural Pressure Release, take out chicken and shred.
  6. Sauté the remaining liquid till it reduces in about half, switch off heat and add the shredded chicken back in. (This step adds additional moisture to your meat)
image collage showing the steps for making instant pot shredded chicken

Prep and Storage

Prep ahead – This can be cooked up to a few days in advance and reheated. Store in the fridge for up to three days.

Double the amount and eat with everything – Make double the amount and freeze for some other time or save for another day. A quick weeknight supper solution!

Freeze – Follow the handy tips below on how to freeze this.

  • Let cool down then transfer into these very handy Ziploc freezer bags.
  • Squeeze out all the extra air and seal the bags.
  • Label the bags and then lay them flat in the freezer.
  • Store in the freezer for 3 months.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Meal Prep Solutions

Meal Prep Combinations

Taking the time to meal prep at the beginning of the week is a great way to save time when it really counts on those busy weekdays. And this recipe really is the ideal meal prep ingredient. You can easily keep your family fueled throughout the week by packing healthy, wholesome and tasty lunches.

You really can pair with just about anything to create a wide variety of make-ahead meals that taste amaaaaaazing and are good for you too.

Here are just a few of my very favourite combinations to get you started:

  • Chicken Pasta Salad: add Cold noodles + Pesto Sauce
  • The Goddess Bowl: add Quinoa + Roasted Veggies + Green Goddess Dressing.
  • Build-a-Burrito:  add Corn Tortillas + Black Beans + Salsa (the kiddoes love this one!)
  • The Zero Points Bowl: add (pictured below) Salad Greens + Cauliflower Rice + Tomatoes + Fat Free Yoghurt
  • Soups. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup or other chicken-based soups
  • Chicken tacos (the spicy version is particularly good in tacos)
  • SaladsChinese Chicken Salad.
A bowl of instant pot shredded chicken tacos

FAQs

How Many Chicken Breasts Will Make 2 Cups Shredded?

Many recipes call for 2 cups (250g) shredded chicken, so how many chicken breasts will make 2 cups shredded? 0.75 lb (340g) raw boneless skinless chicken breast should give you approximately 2 cups (250g) shredded cooked chicken breast.

How To Shred Chicken?

  • Use forks – Simply transfer the cooked meat to a plate or bowl and use two fork to pull it apart and shred
  • Use a mixer. Add into a bowl and use an hand mixer or use your stand mixer to shred it. Especially useful if you are doing big quantities.

Can You Use Frozen Chicken Breasts?

Yes you can. Just increase the cook time by about 3-4 minutes.

Seasoning Variations

A bowl of instant pot shredded chicken in landscape

More Delicious Chicken Recipes

For more chicken recipes why not try these below

Serving Suggestions

Pressure cooker shredded chicken is soooo versatile and can be served with a wide variety of sides for a complete meal. Here are a few ideas:

Weight Watchers Points

For both spicy and plain shredded chicken breast, there are:

  • 0 Blue Plan Smartpoints per serving.

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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken 2 Ways

Use this easy Instant Pot recipe to make spicy or plain shredded chicken.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 6
Calories: 167kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

For spicy chicken:

  • 180 ml 0.75 cup chicken broth
  • 3 large chicken breasts about 500g/1.1 lbs
  • 235 ml 1 cup tomato salsa
  • 1 tbsp seasoning of choice
  • red pepper flakes to taste

For plain chicken:

  • 180 ml 0.75 cup chicken broth
  • 3 large chicken breasts about 500g/1.1 lbs
  • 235 ml 1 cup tomato salsa

Instructions

For spicy chicken:

  • Add broth to Instant Pot insert.
  • Add chicken breast in the stock.
  • Mix together, salsa, seasoning, coriander, lime zest (and red pepper flakes if using).
  • Top chicken breast with mix.
  • Close pot, set valve to sealing, select the manual or pressure cook button (dependent upon IP model), select high pressure and set the timer to 8 mins (thin breast) or 10 mins (thick breast).
  • Do a NPR and take out chicken and shred.
  • Sauté the remaining liquid till it reduces in about half, switch off heat and add the shredded chicken back in.

For plain chicken:

  • Add broth to Instant Pot insert.
  • Add chicken breast in the broth.
  • Top chicken breast with salsa.
  • Close pot, set valve to sealing, select the manual or pressure cook button (dependent upon IP model), select high pressure and set the timer to 8 mins (thin breast) or 10 mins (thick breast).
  • Do a NPR and take out chicken and shred.
  • Sauté the remaining liquid till it reduces in about half, switch off heat and add the shredded chicken back in.
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Notes

Cook time does not include time to come up to pressure or for pressure to release. 
Tips
  • This serves 6 if you are serving it with other food (tacos, salsa, avocado, etc). If you want it to be the main component of your meal, it will serve 3-4.
  • To freeze, simply place it in freezer-safe bags or containers until needed.
  • The total cook time does not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to get to pressure and the time for the natural pressure release.
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Weight Watchers Points
For both spicy and the plain version, there are:
  • 0 Blue Plan Smartpoints per serving
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Serving Suggestions
 

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg

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12 Comments

  1. I saved the leftover juices and made a soup later with shredded cabbage and diced chicken. It was amazing!

  2. The instructions include coriander and lime zest, but they are not in the ingredient list. Amounts?

  3. 5 stars
    This is a great, easy, multi use recipe!!! I have made it 5 times!!! It is a versatile dish that can be used in tacos, casseroles, salads, wraps, etc… I keep a bowl in the refrigerator for quick meals!

  4. This sounds great but could you tell me what you mean by “chili to taste” what kind of chili are you speaking of?

  5. 5 stars
    This is second time I have made this recipe… Thank you for it. It is so versatile and I have used it in Taco’s, as an entree, on a salad, as a wrap and as a base in a stuffed pepper casserole. All that from one recipe!!! I love the flavor and so easy to do. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  6. I am from the UK, please can you tell me what the salsa is that you use in this recipe, so that I can replace with something equivalent.

  7. I love how easy this looks and that it has so many uses. Definitely worth the extra step to get more moisture in the chicken as that can be a challenge with chicken breast.

  8. 5 stars
    This sounds like such an easy recipe and one that my family would love. I’ve never made pulled chicken before (we usually do pulled pork) but this would be so much lighter and healthier.