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Instant Pot: Shredded Chicken Pressure Cooker

How to make shredded chicken in an Instant Pot for easier meal prep - recipe on MyHeartBeets.com

Instant Pot: Shredded Chicken Pressure Cooker

Use this shredded chicken in all sorts of applications: sandwiches, stews, salads!
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  • 4 pounds chicken breast*
  • ½ cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Add all of the ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 20 minutes at high pressure.
  • Quick release pressure.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks.
  • Store the chicken in an air-tight container with the liquid to help keep the meat moist.


  • If you are only using 2 pounds of chicken, then halve the ingredients and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure and quick pressure release.
  • I have been asked many times if 20 minutes is too much for 4 pounds of chicken. I realize there are recipes out there that call for a 5-6 min cook time - this has never worked for me when making this quantity of chicken. You can always reduce the time if you want and if it's not done, add a few more minutes to the cook time. Ultimately the chicken should reach a temperature of 165F.
  • If using a slow cooker, cook on low for 4-6 hours or until the chicken is done.
  • I usually divide the chicken into small air-tight storage containers and keep them in the freezer for longer term storage.
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