How to make Instant Pot shredded chicken

instant pot shredded chicken
Prep. time:
30 min
7 dishes

This recipe for Instant Pot shredded chicken is a modern twist on the classic slow-cooked chicken, tailored for the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. It’s a versatile dish, perfect for sandwiches, tacos, salads, or as a protein-packed addition to various meals.

How to make Instant Pot shredded chicken - Ingredients

  • · 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • · 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • · 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • · 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • · 1 teaspoon paprika
  • · 1 teaspoon cumin
  • · Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions for making Instant Pot shredded chicken

  1. Season the chicken breasts or thighs with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pour chicken broth or water into the Instant Pot, then place the seasoned chicken on top.
  3. Seal the Instant Pot, set it to high pressure, and cook for 10-12 minutes for breasts or 12-15 minutes for thighs.
  4. Once done, allow a natural release for 5-10 minutes, then do a quick release to release any remaining pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the chicken and shred it using two forks.
  6. Serve the shredded chicken in your favorite dishes—tacos, sandwiches, salads, or as a protein topping for rice or quinoa.

Nutritional Advantages:

Chicken is a fantastic source of lean protein, essential for muscle repair and growth. It’s also low in fat and a good source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, and selenium.

Serving and Preparation:

This recipe serves about 6-8 servings, depending on how it’s used. It takes roughly 10 minutes to prep and around 20 minutes of cooking time in the Instant Pot. Difficulty-wise, it’s definitely in the easy zone, perfect for both beginners and experienced cooks.

Dietary Alternatives:

For dietary restrictions, you can easily swap chicken with turkey breast or even jackfruit for a vegan alternative. Adjust the spices to suit your taste and dietary preferences.

Tips for Improvement:

To amp up the flavors, consider adding a splash of lime juice or a handful of chopped cilantro after cooking. You can also experiment with different spice blends—try smoked paprika for a deeper, smokier flavor or a touch of chili powder for some heat.

Voila! You’ve got yourself tender, flavorful shredded chicken ready to elevate your meals without breaking a sweat. Enjoy experimenting with different flavors and serving ideas to make it your own!

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