Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken (Fresh or Frozen Meat)

Fork full of shredded chicken lifted above Instant Pot

If you love quick, healthy meals but haven’t tried making shredded chicken in an Instant Pot yet, you’re missing out on one of the best time-saving kitchen hacks ever. Juicy and flavorful, this recipe is so versatile – you can cook and use it right away or store it in the freezer for easy meals throughout the week.

Silicone food storage bags full of shredded chicken

There are SO MANY ways to use shredded chicken to simplify meal prep. I make a couple of batches most weeks to use in a wide range of meals, including:

Bowl full of shredded chicken

Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken (Fresh or Frozen Meat)

Juicy and flavorful, this shredded chicken recipe can simplify meal prep for chicken tacos, Caesar wraps, BBQ chicken, soups, chicken pot pie and so much more.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 75kcal
Author Heather Dessinger


  • 1 hand mixer
  • measuring spoons
  • 1 slotted spoon
  • silicone bags or other storage containers



  • Pour chicken broth/water into the pressure cooker and place the chicken breasts inside. There’s no need to add a trivet – cooking the chicken breast in the liquid makes it more juicy and tender.
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any additional seasonings you desire. I typically just add salt/pepper so that the flavor remains neutral and it can be used in a wide variety of recipes.
  • Place the lid on top and set the valve to sealing.
  • Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes for fresh chicken and 15 for frozen chicken. When the time is up, allow the Instant Pot to depressurize naturally for 10 minutes, then allow any remaining pressure to vent by turning the valve to “venting.” I typically use a long handled spoon to move it just in case it releases a burst of hot steam.
  • If you have a hand mixer, you can shred the chicken right in the Instant Pot by turning the mixer on low. Another option is to use tongs or a fork to transfer the chicken breasts to a plate and shred them with a fork. When I use the second method I usually let them cool for a little while so that I can use clean hands to pull apart big chunks before shredding. Return the chicken to the Instant Pot so that it can soak up some of the juices that it cooked in.
  • Using a slotted spoon, scoop the cooked chicken out of the Instant Pot – taking a second to let any excess juice drip back down – and then use right away or transfer to an airtight container. I use these silicone bags to store pre-cooked shredded chicken in the freezer for easy meal prep throughout the week.


Cook time does not include the time needed for the Instant Pot to pressurize.


Serving: 0.25lb | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Overhead view of fork holding shredded chicken over pressure cooker

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Overhead view of shredded chicken in silicone storage bags

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