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Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

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If you’re looking for a quick, easy and versatile shredded chicken recipe that the whole family will love, look no further than this easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Recipe! Bursting with flavor and tender to perfection, this hassle-free dish is a game-changer for busy households.

SHREDDED CHICKEN

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy Meal: This Instant Pot Pulled chicken is literally the easiest meal you’ll ever make.
  • Cooks Fast: If you need chicken and need it fast, then you’ll love how quick this chicken cooks.

Recipe Ingredients

Making Instant Pot pulled chicken is a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts And Thighs: Offer a blend of lean and slightly fattier meat, resulting in shredded chicken that’s tender and full of flavor.
  • Your Favorite Rub: Infuses the chicken with a depth of flavor during cooking, ensuring each bite is packed with taste.
  • Reduced Sodium Vegetable Broth: Keeps your shredded chicken moist and savory without excessive saltiness.

How To Make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken?

Step One: Mix Chicken And Rub

Mix together chicken and your rub in a bowl.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pulled Chicken.

Step Two: Add Chicken To Instant Pot

Add the vegetable broth to Instant Pot and add the chicken directly into the liquid.

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Step Three: Pressure Cook

Cover and seal your pot. Select Pressure Cook/Manual, set to high pressure for 10 minutes.

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Step Four: Release Pressure

Cook and then allow the pressure to release naturally.

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Step Five: Shred Chicken

Remove chicken from your Instant Pot onto a plate and shred using some forks.

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Step Six: Mix And Serve

Remove liquid from Instant Pot and add chicken back in, add some of the cooking liquid, mix and serve.

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Substitutions

  • Broth: You may substitute the vegetable broth for chicken broth. You might also want to add a little garlic powder or smoked paprika to give the cooked chicken some extra flavor.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Fridge: To store shredded chicken, cool it to room temperature, then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, freeze in a suitable container or bag, and when ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
  • Reheat: Reheat shredded chicken by microwaving, sautéing, or incorporating it into other recipes. Ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure food safety.
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What Can I Use Shredded Chicken For?

Shredded chicken is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. It can be used in a variety of dishes, from salads and sandwiches to soups and casseroles. And because it is already cooked, shredded chicken can save you time when you’re trying to get dinner on the table. Here are just a few ideas for how to use shredded chicken:

  • Chili Or Soup: Add shredded chicken to your favorite soup or Chili Recipe for extra protein.
  • Rice Or Quinoa: Stir it into some Cooked Rice or Quinoa along with some sauteed veggies for a quick and easy stir-fry.
  • Salad: Mix it with mayo, diced celery, and seasonings to make a tasty Chicken Salad.
  • Mexican: Use it as a filling for Mexican Chicken Pot Pie, chicken tacos, burritos, or Enchiladas.
  • Make a batch of cheesy Chicken Spaghetti by stirring shredded chicken into cooked pasta and a jar of Marinara Sauce.

When I have people over for dinner, I make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken and everyone is super happy and full. It’s a win-win. What do you think about shredded chicken?

FAQ’S

Is Shredded Chicken And Pulled Chicken The Same?

Both shredded and pulled chicken involve cooking the meat until it’s tender enough to be easily separated into smaller pieces. The primary distinction is in the cooking process and regional preferences:

Shredded Chicken: Typically, shredded chicken is cooked until fully done, then the meat is manually or mechanically shredded into bite-sized pieces using forks, a mixer, or other utensils. It can be a more controlled and uniform process.

Pulled Chicken: Pulled chicken often implies cooking the meat low and slow, traditionally in barbecue or slow-cooker style. The chicken is then “pulled” apart by hand or with forks into long, thin shreds. This method tends to result in a more rustic, uneven texture.

Can You Use Frozen Chicken Breasts?

Yes, if you wish to cook chicken breast from frozen then place boneless chicken breasts into your Instant Pot for 12 minutes. This two minutes of extra time will allow the chicken to cook through

Best Chicken Meat For Shredded Chicken?

To get delicious shredded chicken I use a combination of boneless skinless chicken thighs and chicken breasts, however either will work well for this recipe.

Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is an easy to make yet will love by the whole family.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast and thighs
  • 1.5 tablespoon of your favorite rub
  • 1 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth

Instructions

    Mix together chicken and your rub in a bowl.

    Add the vegetable broth to Instant Pot and add the chicken directly into the liquid. Cover and seal your pot. Select Pressure Cook/Manual, set to to high pressure for 10 minutes. Cook and then allow the pressure to release naturally.

    Remove chicken from your Instant Pot onto a plate and shred using some forks.

    Remove liquid from Instant Pot and add chicken back in, add some of the cooking liquid, mix and serve.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 234mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 78g

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