Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is the easiest way to make shredded chicken! If you have been wondering how to make shredded chicken in the Instant Pot, then you will love my foolproof method for cooking and shredding the chicken!

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast may just be the very best thing you can make in the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot is great for so many things, but easy pulled chicken definitely tops the list! Shredded chicken is perfect for throwing into so many dishes for a quick and easy dinner, so make a big batch of this and freeze for whenever you need an easy chicken recipe!

Before I had an Instant Pot,  I often ran to the store for a rotisserie chicken whenever I needed shredded chicken. While rotisserie chicken is convenient, running to the grocery store with two hungry kiddos is not! By making my own shredded chicken in the Instant Pot, I save so much time! Not to mention, you get so much more chicken from this recipe then you would from a store-bought chicken! Cooking chicken breast in the Instant Pot is so easy

I have to share my absolute number 1 tip with you. If you are like me and hate shredding chicken with forks, then you are going to love my method for shredding chicken! Use a hand held mixer! (This one is my favorite!) It shreds your chicken in seconds! You can even throw it in your stand mixer for super shredded chicken, but I find that a hand mixer shreds really well without pulverizing your chicken like the stand mixer does.

Pressure cooker shredded chicken is perfect for easy meal prep, but my absolute shredded chicken breast recipe is my Creamy Lemon Almond Chicken Salad. This is seriously the best chicken salad ever and the Instant Pot Shredded Chicken makes it come together so quickly and easily! Or try  my super popular BBQ Chicken Roll Ups, too!

If for nothing else, you need an Instant Pot for keeping shredded chicken on hand.  Chicken is always a go to for dinner and meal prep and this recipe makes it just so easy! If you want a slow cooker version of how to cook shredded chicken, this one is fool-proof!

How to make shredded chicken in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

This easy recipe for Instant Pot Shredded Chicken takes less than 20 minutes, start to finish and is perfect for a quick dinner or meal prep! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, defrosted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth


  1. Season chicken with the spices and then add to the Instant Pot.
  2. Pour  chicken broth down the side of the pot so you don't rinse off all the spices on the chicken. Put on the lid and turn to sealed. Set manual or high pressure to 15 minutes.
  3. Let cook for 15 minutes and then quick release pressure. When pressure is released, remove lid and shred with two forks or use a hand mixer on low.
  4. Store chicken in the refrigerator in an air tight container and use as needed, up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

Most Instant Pot recipes call for at least 1 cup of liquid. Only 1/2 a cup of necessary in this recipe. It is enough to come to pressure since the chicken releases liquid.

Most meats are best when using a natural release, but with chicken, quick release works fine.

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