Instant Pot Chicken

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posted: 02/20/19

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This Instant Pot Chicken is such an easy and delicious way to make shredded chicken for all sorts of different meals. If you meal prep, you need this instant pot chicken recipe. With only about five minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the instant pot, this instant pot chicken breast recipe is perfect.

shredded instant pot chicken on a plate in front of an instant pot

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INSTANT POT CHICKEN RECIPE

Okay! Now that you are smiling, let’s talk about Instant Pot Chicken! Very often when I make a recipe that calls for cooked chicken, what you would ideally use is rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. It is moist, it is delicious, and it is perfect in recipes. However. My life is never that well planned and what I always end up using is boiled chicken. Guys, I kind of loathe boiling chicken. Something about it just makes me feel blah. So! Today I have for you this delicious, moist, flavorful shredded chicken that you make in your instant pot. Start to finish was are talking about 35 minutes and it is moist and perfect. This is a lot like my Instant Pot Chicken Tacos, but without the taco seasoning.

I know I have come at you with a ton of instant pot recipes lately (super excited about my Instant Pot Beef Stew and my Instant Pot Quinoa). If you don’t have one, I will have a non-instant pot recipe for you on Friday. That said, I really do recommend buying one. I’m finding that I am using mine more and more. I love how hands off it makes dinner.

chicken breasts inside of an instant pot

HOW DO YOU MAKE INSTANT POT CHICKEN?

This instant pot shredded chicken recipe could not be more simple.

  1. Season your chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add water to the bottom of your instant pot.
  3. Insert the steamer rack that came with your instant pot.
  4. Place the chicken on top.
  5. Close the instant pot and make sure that the pressure release valve is set to sealing.
  6. Set the instant pot to manual, and 12 minutes. Allow it to come to pressure and then it will begin to count down.
  7. When the time is up, manually release the pressure by turning the pressure release valve to venting. When the float valve drops, open your instant pot and shred your chicken!

instant pot chicken breast recipe shredded on a plate

CAN I DO FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS IN THE INSTANT POT?

YES! You can very easily grab a frozen chicken breast out of the freezer and pop it in the instant pot. The only thing that changes is the timing and the seasoning.

  • Skip the oil, salt and pepper and just seasoning after cooking however you like.
  • Increase the time from 12 minutes to 20.
  • Do everything else exactly the same.

instant pot shredded chicken recipe inside of a pressure cooker

THIS INSTANT POT CHICKEN WOULD BE GREAT IN

instant pot shredded chicken on a plate in front of a pressure cooker

shredded instant pot chicken on a plate in front of an instant pot
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Instant Pot Chicken Recipe

Serves: 4 servings
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
This Instant Pot Chicken is such an easy and delicious way to make shredded chicken for all sorts of different meals.  If you meal prep, you need this instant pot chicken recipe.  With only about five minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the instant pot, this instant pot chicken breast recipe is perfect.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 3 cups water

Instructions

  • Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place three cups of water in the bottom of the instant pot.
  • Add the steamer insert that came with your instant pot. Place the chicken breasts on top of it.
  • Close the instant pot and make sure that the pressure release valve is set to sealing.  Set the instant pot to manual (HIGH), and the timer to 12 minutes.
  • The Instant pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure, then it will count down the 12 minutes cook time.
  • After the timer ends, turn the pressure release valve to venting. Allow the float valve to fall (the little sliver part near the pressure release valve). Once it has, open your Instant Pot, remove your chicken and shred it.
Calories: 140kcal (7%) Protein: 26g (52%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 66mg (22%) Sodium: 217mg (9%) Potassium: 291mg (8%) Vitamin C: 1.7mg (2%) Calcium: 20mg (2%) Iron: 0.9mg (5%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

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  1. Sharon says

    Is the timing the same if I’m using chicken tenders instead of breasts ?

    • Lisa Longley says

      You definitely will need less time with chicken tenders. With my Instant Pot Taco Chicken I use tenders and only set it for 5 minutes, but the tenders are fully submerged. I would try it with 5 minutes and see it goes – I would rather they be a little undercooked for you and you could boil them for a minute, then try it for 7 minutes and get dry over done chicken.

  2. Irene says

    What’s your recommendation if you want to cook more than 1lb of chicken? This recipe is perfect for my fiancé, but he likes to cook a lot in one sitting and then have leftovers for the week.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would have to play with it before I could recommend cooking more than 1 pound. The more full the instant pot, the quicker it comes to pressure, so the cooking times would need to be different and I just haven’t tested more than a pound yet.

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