By Wendy Stoltz and Yuliia Stsepeleva / Last Modified On February 19, 2023
Meal prepping with this Instant Pot shredded chicken is a weekly time saver, especially with kids going back to school. This shredded chicken is so versatile you can use it for your meals from salads, carnitas, salsa chicken and more. No more slaving away at the stove after a grueling day.
Use your shredded chicken in these great recipes. This is a super simple recipe for Instant Pot salsa chicken that is ready in just under 30 minutes, or if you're feeling like some Cajun comfort food, make this gluten-free gumbo. Make this homemade Instant Pot Carnitas version of your favorite restaurant dish at home. These are the best gluten-free Instant Pot recipes and are perfect for those busy nights.
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INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN RECIPE
We love having pulled chicken on hand for the entire week. It is so good for meal prepping as it can go into salads, carnitas, salsa chicken and more. I love making my own as I can control the spices, and seasoning, and choose the chicken I know and trust.
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WHY YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THIS INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN
Meal prepping - Instant Pot shredded chicken is a great recipe that you can do on the weekend and add to all manner of dishes. Making lunch and dinner with pulled chicken breast is so much easier and a great protein source.
So nice and tender - This Instant Pot shredded chicken is really nice and tender and not dried out.
Season it to your liking - You can try it out with different seasonings, depending on what is on your meal prep menu for the week.
INGREDIENTS IN INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN
Broth - 2 cups of any gluten-free broth. You can use beef, chicken, or vegetable broth. This keeps the chicken moist and prevents the dreaded burn notice on your Instant Pot. You can use water, but my preference is broth.
Chicken - 3 boneless chicken fillets. You can use bone-in chicken and frozen chicken, but you will need to adjust the cooking times.
Seasoning - ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp granulated garlic, ½ tsp coriander and 1-2 sprigs of rosemary. Make sure the seasoning you use is gluten-free
EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR THIS INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN
Instant Pot - We like the Instant Pot Pro 10-in-1 Pressure cooker. You can get it at Macy's or on Amazon.
Chopping board - I like to use a dishwasher safe chopping board, especially when slicing raw chicken.
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HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN
- Mix salt and spices in a bowl. Rinse and dry the chicken fillet, spread with spices. If you have time, you can cover the fillet with cling film and leave for half an hour or an hour to marinate.
- Put the chicken fillet into the Instant Pot. Pour the broth into the bowl so that it covers the fillet. You may need less broth. Add rosemary.
- Close the Instant Pot lid and select the pressure-cooking mode. Set the time to 10 minutes.
- After the beep, gently release the pressure and open the Instant Pot lid. Remove the fillet, let it cool a little and shred it with two forks into small pieces. Your shredded chicken is ready.
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TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN
Use the correct time - Don't be tempted to increase the IP time as it will dry out the chicken.
Use a good broth - The broth adds flavor to the chicken.
Use good seasoning for good flavor - The seasoning adds good flavor to the chicken so don't skimp on it.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVER INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN?
Store the Instant Pot shredded chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be stored for up to 3 days.
CAN I FREEZE INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN?
Yes, you can freeze the IP shredded chicken for up to 3 months.
CAN YOU MAKE THIS INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN AHEAD OF TIME?
Yes, you can. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze it for 3 months.
WHAT SUBSTITUTIONS / REPLACEMENTS CAN I MAKE IN THIS INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN?
Broth - You can use vegetable, chicken, or beef broth.
Chicken - You can use bone-in chicken or frozen chicken. I would suggest you add 2 minutes to the cooking time.
WHAT VARIATIONS CAN I MAKE IN THIS INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN?
Use different seasoning - You can really use any type of seasoning based on the recipes you are prepping for. Taco, Cajun or Italian all work well for this.
Use different broth - You can use vegetable, chicken, or beef broth for assorted flavors.
Other additions - Add a bay leaf for extra flavor or some diced tomatoes.
CAN I USE CHICKEN THIGHS INSTEAD OF BREASTS?
Yes, you can use chicken thighs.
WHY IS MY CHICKEN DRY?
Overcooking is the reason for dry chicken. 10 minutes is ample time for this recipe. You will only adjust it higher by 2 minutes if you use frozen chicken and bone-in chicken.
CAN I SHRED RIGHT IN THE INSTANT POT?
Yes, you can. Just be careful not to scratch your Instant Pot inner pot.
HOW LONG DO YOU COOK CHICKEN IN THE INSTANT POT TO SHRED IT?
I like to set my Instant Pot for 10 minutes if I use chicken fillets. This time does not include the time it takes the IP to come to pressure.
WAYS TO USE INSTANT POT SHREDDED CHICKEN
Shredded chicken is great to have on hand for those busy weeknights. All you need to do is then add it to these recipes.
- Instant Pot salsa chicken that is ready in just under 30 minutes.
- Make this homemade Instant Pot Carnitas
- Crack chicken chili is also a good option.
- Make this delicious gluten-free buffalo chicken dip.
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
Meal prepping with this Instant Pot shredded chicken is a weekly time saver, especially with kids going back to school. This shredded chicken is so versatile you can use it for your meals from salads, carnitas, salsa chicken and more.
- 2 cups of any gluten-free broth
- 3 chicken fillets
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp granulated garlic
- ½ tsp coriander
- 1-2 sprigs of rosemary
1. Mix salt and spices in a bowl. Rinse and dry the chicken fillet, spread with spices. If you have time, you can cover the fillet with cling film and leave for half an hour or an hour to marinate.
2. Put the chicken fillet into the Instant Pot. Pour the broth into the bowl so that it covers the fillet. You may need less broth. Add rosemary.
3. Close the Instant Pot lid and select the pressure-cooking mode. Set the time to 10 minutes.
4. After the beep, gently release the pressure and open the Instant Pot lid. Remove the fillet, let it cool a little and shred it with two forks into small pieces. Your shredded chicken is ready.
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