Learn how to make Instant pot shredded chicken for an assortment of meals. The chicken is so tender and perfect for tacos, casseroles, quesadillas and more.

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Instant pot shredded chicken

In just 25 minutes, you can make this delicious shredded chicken in the pressure cooker. It is really flavorful because we use chicken broth instead of water. The meat is so tender that you will think it was slow cooked all day.

You can get dinner on the table fast and enjoy a family dinner without much work. Easy recipes like this help me to avoid the drive-thru on busy weeks. Not only is this faster but it is better too.

If you not not have an Instant pot, try our Crock Pot Shredded Chicken.

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photo of ingredients- chicken, seasoning, broth


  • Chicken Breasts – You can also use chicken thighs
  • Chicken Broth
  • Salt and Pepper
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How to make shredded chicken in instant pot:

First, put the chicken breasts in the pressure cooker. I used this 6 quart electric pressure cooker.

Second, sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper.

Next, add the chicken broth and pour all over the top of the chicken.

photo of raw chicken and broth in instant pot.

Finally, put the lid on and set the lid valve to the “sealing” position. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.

Once it has finished cooking, do a quick release on the pressure by moving the valve on the lid to the “venting” position.

picture of shredded chicken in pressure cooker

Take the chicken out of the instant pot and shred.

How to shred chicken:

It is going to be tender so you can easily shred this with 2 forks. Just pull the chicken apart using the forks to quickly shred each piece.

You can also learn how to shred chicken with a mixer. If you are making a lot of chicken, this is definitely a little quicker. Plus, I love the texture of the chicken shredded with a mixer.


How to use shredded chicken:

The ideas are endless. I also like to make extra to freeze. It is so handy having shredded chicken ready to go for quick meals.

Check out What to Make with Shredded Chicken.

Save time and make instant pot shredded chicken!

It is so easy and you can use fresh or frozen chicken breasts. Feel free to substitute chicken thighs or even mix them together.

I often use what I already have in the freezer or can get on sale at the grocery store. You are going to love how this turns out and how quick it is.

Make extra to freeze and save even more time in the kitchen thanks to this easy recipe. It is an easy way to meal prep. You will not spend hardly anytime cooking and freezing this but the time saved will really add up during busy weeks.

photo of shredded chicken in instant pot

Print this recipe for pressure cooker shredded chicken:

Instant pot shredded chicken

5 from 3 votes
Learn how to make Instant pot shredded chicken for an assortment of meals. The chicken is tender and perfect for tacos, casseroles and more.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 175
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 2-3 lbs Chicken Breasts approximately 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Peppe


  • Add the chicken breasts to the instant pot.
  • Season the chicken with the salt and pepper. Pour the chicken broth over the top.
  • Place the lid on and set the lid valve to the “sealing” position. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. After the cook time, do a quick release on the pressure by moving the valve on the lid to the “venting” position.
  • Remove the lid and shred the chicken with 2 forks.
  • Serve immediately while warm.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 175kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 32g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 97mg, Sodium 706mg, Potassium 593mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 47IU, Vitamin C 5mg, Calcium 11mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is so great. I know you have the boiling and crockpot versions, too, but seriously! How much easier does it get?! LOVE this for portioning & freezing, THEN – makes your cp chicken n stuffing, chicken fajitas, instant pot chicken n dumplings, ETC…a breeze! Thank you, Carrie! ??