I love this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken recipe. It’s so easy to make and so versatile. You can use it for tacos, burritos or even as a topping for your nachos (as pictured here).
I am constantly amazed every time I use my Instant Pot. It’s fast and simple to use and allows me to make otherwise involved recipes easily.
While the ingredients call for 2 lbs of chicken breast, I have successfully made up to 3.5 lbs using the same amount of the other ingredients. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
This shredded chicken recipe is great for those days where you need to come up with something quick & easy. I've lost count of how many times I've made this recipe.
I've used this shredded chicken to make tacos and burritos, as well made some awesome nachos with it (like pictures here). My wife has also added to chicken to a bowl of rice for a great shredded chicken bowl!
🐓 Can I use Frozen Chicken
Yes! This is probably one of the most asked questions on Social Media when making Chicken in the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot is "smart" enough to adjust depending on if you are using raw or frozen chicken.
You are probably asking yourself how does my IP know if my chicken breasts are frozen? Technically it doesn't. But because the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, and pressurizes based on its contents, it will adjust accordingly if you are using frozen breasts. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself. The Instant Pot is an amazing device that makes most recipes foolproof.
🐓 How to Handle Raw Chicken
Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
Wash all utensils and cutting board (if applicable).
If marinating the chicken, make sure you toss the juices before you cook. Don't ever use the juice from the marinade.
Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
💭 Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
The Instant Pot is a combination pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer with a few other capabilities. With an Instant Pot, you can make some recipes in minutes compared to hours the traditional way. While not always the case, it's a very handy appliance if you are always on the run.
The Instant Pot comes with several safety features. If you happen to encounter an error message on the display of your IP, I suggest you visit Instant Pot's Official Customer Care Center.
If you frequently use your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, you've probably experienced a "smelly" lid. Here's a simple way to get rid of the smell. Fill the Instant Pot with 2 Cups of White Vinegar. Seal the lid. Use the steam setting for 2 minutes. Remove the rubber ring from the lid and let dry completely before using it.
For more great recipes like this one make sure you check out my other delicious Instant Pot Recipes. You won't be disappointed!
An alternative to using chicken broth is Better Than Bouillon. I often use it when I don't have broth on-hand.
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📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Shredded Chicken Recipe in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Chicken Breasts, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Taco Seasoning and Ranch Dressing Mix.
🥣 How to make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
In a small mixing bowl, which the chicken broth, taco seasoning and the ranch dressing mix.
Pour the mixture over the chicken ensuring that all the breasts are covered with the chicken broth mixture.
Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes then do a quick release when done.
Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and shred.
Place shredded chicken back in Instant Pot and let cook for another 15 minutes before serving.
Use a slotted spoon to remove chicken from Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
- 2 lbs Chicken Breasts
- 2 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 1 Pkg Taco Seasoning
- 1 Pkg Ranch Dressing Mix
- Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- In a small mixing bowl, which the chicken broth, taco seasoning and the ranch dressing mix.
- Pour the mixture over the chicken ensuring that all the breasts are covered with the chicken broth mixture.
- Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes then do a quick release when done.
- Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and shred.
- Place shredded chicken back in Instant Pot and let cook for another 15 minutes before serving.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove chicken from Instant Pot.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.