Making Shredded Chicken or Pulled Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot is my favorite Meal Prep Trick for easy Casseroles, Sandwiches, Burritos and so much more!

Chicken on marble cutting board for Shredded Chicken

Of course Chicken Breast can be prepared many many ways, but this is how I make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast. You can also make Shredded Chicken in your Crock Pot. Make sure to check out that recipe too!

I like to season my chicken, it just gives it extra great flavor. A little salt and pepper goes a long way and of course some crushed garlic too! You don’t have to stop there, Italian Seasonings are also perfect to add too.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

For the Instant Pot or any Pressure Cooker you will need some liquid. I use either water or chicken broth. The chicken will pick up the flavors from the broth so I use it whenever possible.

Shredded Chicken for the Instant Pot

Cooking times can vary when using the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker. Depending on if you are using Chicken Tenders or a thicker Chicken Breast will determine the cooking time.

I buy my Chicken Breasts in bulk, so that is what I use. Makes perfect sense, right? So use what you have and adjust the time as needed because of the thickness of your chicken.

For Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breasts, I will do 3-6 breasts for 18 minutes Manual High Pressure (Pressure Cook) with a 20 minute Natural Release.

For Chicken Tenders cook for 6-8 minutes with a 10 minute Natural Release.

Shredded Chicken

What is the difference between Pulled Chicken and Shredded Chicken?

Instant Pot Pulled Chicken and Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Breast are the same thing.

Ultimately you are cooking chicken and pulling or shredding with a fork to separate. Pulled Chicken can be used in a wide variety of recipes from casseroles, enchiladas, to salads.

Quick Tip:

Buying those large fresh packages of chicken can see overwhelming, trust me. I will use some for grilling and some to make pulled chicken to meal prep for another day.

It’s so simple to get started and then I always have cooked chicken in my freezer for when I need it too.

Meal Prep

Prepping for meals is a game changer. Shredded chicken is something I use every week and making a larger batch just makes sense because I can freeze it so easily in specific portions for later use.

Once the chicken is cooked and shredded I measure out, typically in about 3 cup measurements which is what works perfectly for my family.

Instant Pot Pulled Chicken

How to use Shredded Chicken

Oh the possibilities are endless… Here are a few of my favorite recipes to use Shredded Chicken with

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Making Shredded Chicken is quick and easy to add to recipes and make Dinner a cinch!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Additional Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Devour Dinner
Course: Instant Pot
Cuisine: American
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Devour Dinner


  • 3-6 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup water or Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbs Crushed Garlic


  • Place water or Chicken Broth in Bottom of Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker
  • Place Chicken in Instant Pot on Trivet
  • Sprinkle Salt and Pepper over Chicken Breasts
  • Sprinkle crushed garlic on chicken
  • Close Instant Pot Lid and check to make sure pressure valve is closed
  • Set on Manual (Presser Cook) High for 18 minutes
  • Allow a 20 minute Natural Release
  • Remove Chicken Breasts and one at a time shred chicken with forks
  • Use in a meal, or package and freeze for later use


Make sure to check out the great recipes linked in the post to use Shredded Chicken


Serving: 1g | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 632mg
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