Shredded chicken is the ultimate meal prep dish that we cannot go without. It’s perfect as a protein on salads, omelettes, tacos…you name it, it’s made with shredded chicken. So today I am sharing my favorite 30 minute instant pot shredded chicken recipe!
I live in NYC so oven and stove top space is highly coveted, especially when I meal prep. I always have roasted veggies, meatballs and some kind of dessert cooking in my oven at one time. So when I can optimize my meal prep, I’m a happy girl. That’s why I absolutely love my Instant Pot. It’s a great cooking tool that allows me to cook even more at one time.
The Instant Pot can cook protein, veggies, stews, fish, and all within minutes. Oh, and it’s also a slow cooker! So it’s the ultimate kitchen device that I swear I can’t live without. It’s saved me from tons of shoulder pain and probably saved me chopping off my fingers when I began cooking my spaghetti squash in it. And now I’m cooking up my chicken in it for easy and delicious meal prep.
I love having chicken as part of my meal prep. When it’s shredded it goes perfectly on top of pre-made salads, in tacos and in my scrambled eggs or omelettes. And when it’s left whole, it pairs perfectly with roasted veggies and parsnip fries for a really quick weeknight dinner. The final step in this recipe is to shred the chicken, but you can absolutely skip that part and keep the cooked chicken breast whole and store it away to eat later.
20 Minute Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
So here’s how it’s done. Place the chicken breasts in the Instant Pot and season with salt and pepper. Chicken naturally releases water as it cooks, but I like to also add 1/4 cup of bone broth for extra nutrition in this simple recipe.
Press ‘Poultry’ on your Instant Pot which will automatically set the timer to 15 minutes. I prefer to slow release the Instant Pot for 10-15 minutes, but if you choose to do a quick release, I suggest adding 5 more minutes to the timer for a total of 20 minutes. Close the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is closed.
Then, step away and let the Instant Pot do its thing! When the Instant Pot beeps that it’s done cooking, let it slow release for 10-15 minutes. Then press ‘Keep Warm/Cancel’
Shred It Real Good!
Open the top of the Instant Pot (be careful, it’s hot and steamy). You can either strain the liquid in the pot, or you can shred the chicken directly in it to keep all of the nutrients of the chicken (and added bone broth if you used it).
This is where things get fun. Most recipes that shred meat say to use 2 forks to do that. Now that’s a great way to do it, but it can be a bit time consuming…and boring. I’ve got a fun way to shred the chicken, that will also save a lot of time. I use a hand mixer inside of the Instant Pot to shred the chicken after it’s done cooking. This not only saves time, but also it’s one less cutting board to wash!
Place your hand mixer in the pot and turn it on! It’s that simple. Shredded chicken in minutes.
And there you have it! 30 Minute Instant Pot Shredded Chicken! Tell me, what’s your favorite way to use shredded chicken in your meal prep?
5 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 1/4 cup bone broth (optional)
- salt and pepper
- Place the chicken breasts inside the Instant Pot. Season with salt and pepper (and any other seasonings you prefer. I like adding turmeric too).
- If you're adding bone broth, add it now.
- Close the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the steamer valve is closed.
- Press the "Poultry" setting. This will set the timer to 15 minutes. If you are planning to do a quick release, add 5 more minutes to the cook time.
- Let the Instant Pot cook - once it is pressurized, it will beep and begin the timer countdown.
- When it's done cooking, let the Instant Pot slow release on its own for 10-15 minutes.
- Press "Keep Warm/Cancel" and open the lid on the Instant Pot (be careful, it's hot and steamy).
- Option to drain the liquid before shredding, or leave it for added nutrients, especially if you added bone broth.
- Using a hand mixer, shred the chicken.
- Remove from the pot and store for up to a week in a tight lid container.