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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken 2 Ways

Use this easy Instant Pot recipe to make spicy or plain shredded chicken.
Course Main
Cuisine American, Western
Keyword Instant pot shredded chicken, shredded chicken breasts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 167kcal

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.

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