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Instant Pot Chicken Recipe

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot chicken, instant pot shredded chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


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


  • 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 | Protein: 26g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 291mg | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.9mg