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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Base Recipe

Yield: 4 servings 1x
Prep: 2 minutesCook: 18 minutesTotal: 20 minutes

An easy recipe for How to Cook Chicken for Meal Prep, made in the Instant Pot. Use this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Base Recipe for anything that calls for cooked shredded chicken. Super hands-off cooking method and perfect to go in lots of other recipes, feel free to double or triple for big batch cooking!



  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • (optional) heavy dash of garlic powder


  1. Cook the chicken: First, add broth or water to the Instant Pot liner. Next, add the chicken breasts, followed by a heavy pinch of sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, and garlic powder sprinkled over the chicken. Place the IP lid on and make sure the steam release valve is sealed. Set the IP to Manual or Pressure Cook High for 8 minutes. If the chicken is over an inch thick OR frozen, pressure cook for 9 minutes. If the chicken is both over an inch thick AND frozen, pressure cook for 10 minutes. When it’s done cooking, let the steam naturally release for 10 minutes. Hit the quick release valve to release the remaining steam.
  2. Shred & serve or store: After the float valve has gone down, carefully remove the lid. Remove chicken breasts and shred with two forks, or your preferred method. Serve immediately (on a salad, in a soup or other recipe), or store in an airtight container with lid and use for recipes within 4 days.


Use this chicken for any recipe that calls for pre-cooked or shredded chicken. Try my Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Flautas, Chicken Bacon Ranch Kale Casserole, or my Easy Chicken Salad with Grapes.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 4 ounces
  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 26g
© Author: Danielle
Cuisine: American Method: Instant Pot