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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

This is the easiest way to make shredded chicken in your Instant Pot. And you can use it in so many different recipes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, instant pot, shredded
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 142 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy


  • 1.3 pounds raw boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I use about 1/4 teaspoon per thigh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (I use about 1/8 teaspoon per thigh)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (I use about 1/4 teaspoon per thigh)


  1. Generously season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt, pepper and granulated garlic.

  2. Add 1 cup water to the Instant Pot

  3. Put the trivet in the pot, and place the chicken thighs on top of the trivet.

  4. Put the lid on the pot, lock and seal it; set the cook time to 13 minutes manual high pressure.

  5. After the chicken has finished cooking, use the quick release to release the pressure.

  6. Remove the chicken thighs, and shred with two forks.

    This is the easiest, no-fail way to make shredded chicken in your Instant Pot. And you can use it in so many different recipes! | APinchOfHealthy.com
  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days, or the freezer (airtight container) for up to three months.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

Cooking times were based on Instant Pot official guidelines. Actual cooking times may vary, based on the size and weight of your meat.

If you want to make this recipe with chicken breasts, just adjust the cook time to 8 minutes or so (this may vary with chicken breast size), and use the quick release. They may not be as tender and flavorful as the thighs, but it'll still work! If you want the fall-apart version, increase cook time to 30 minutes, and do a quick release. They will be fall-apart tender, but the texture will be more string-y. We do not prefer this version, but many people love it.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 570mg25%
Potassium 296mg8%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.