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One of my favorite staples to make ahead is a large batch of shredded chicken. I used to make it in the slow cooker, but last fall I discovered that it’s so much faster in my Instant Pot. I totally adore this method now. The prep is as care-free as a slow cooker, but the whole thing is done in under 20 minutes flat, from start to finish. So, are you ready to learn how to make pressure cooker chicken breast in your Instant Pot? Here, I’ll show you.
Place all the ingredients in your pressure cooker, push a couple buttons, and you’re all set. Twenty minutes later, you’ll have perfectly juicy chicken breast. Shred it with two forks, and… voila! Quick and easy pressure cooker chicken breast.
If you’re on the fence about pressure cooking, now is the time to try it. This pressure cooker chicken breast recipe is probably the easiest and most versatile one to start with. It requires just three ingredients, plus salt and pepper to your liking. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Feel free to customize the spices in this Instant Pot shredded chicken recipe to your liking. There are really two main ingredients – chicken and chicken broth – but I find that adding Italian seasoning as the third ingredient makes it so much better. Feel free to get as creative as you like with the spices. I like to keep it simple, so that the chicken can be used in a variety of recipes later. Italian seasoning works with pretty much anything.
One thing I do recommend is to make sure you use chicken broth and not water. Some people make shredded chicken with water, but you get a lot more flavor using chicken broth. This makes the biggest difference when the chicken itself is white meat, like chicken breast.
The convenience of having shredded chicken on hand has had me making it at least once a month for a couple years now, previously in my slow cooker. I still use my Crock Pot all the time, but since I discovered this method, the only way I make pulled chicken is using this Instant Pot shredded chicken recipe.
I picked up my Instant Pot pressure cooker on a whim over the holidays last year. It sounded like such a great idea! I have a confession to make, though. For most of that year, it sat stored away without seeing the light of day. Learning to use a new appliance kept getting moved down on the priority list, considering I had plenty of other kitchen appliances I already knew how to use. This turned out to be a mistake.
Once I started using my Instant Pot more often, I fell in love with it. I wish I hadn’t waited so long! It saves so much time. Dishes that take hours in the oven or slow cooker can be done in minutes using a pressure cooker.
This pressure cooker shredded chicken recipe has been no exception. I love that it takes me twenty minutes to make all the shredded chicken I need for a whole month. I keep a couple cups at a time in the fridge, and freeze the rest in small batches using a vacuum sealer.
Have you tried doing this yet? Having shredded chicken on hand, ready to go, can be a huge time saver. It’s versatile in tons of recipes, including my easy chicken salad and low carb nachos. What are your favorite uses for shredded chicken?
Pressure Cooker Chicken Breast Recipe (Shredded Chicken):
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