shredded chicken in an instant pot

Instant Pot Chicken Breast - The Ultimate Guide

This is your ultimate guide to Instant Pot Chicken Breast. I show you how to cook fresh and frozen boneless skinless chicken breast in the Instant Pot, bone-in chicken breast, shredded chicken breast, and poached chicken breast. I also give you some different seasoning combos like Mexican, Italian, Curry, and All Purpose


Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Indian, Italian, Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 180 kcal


  • 6 Chicken Breasts frozen (Please see the notes for cooking times of fresh and bone in chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • Please see post for All Purpose, Mexican, Indian, and Italian seasoning options


  1. Add all ingredients to an electric pressure cooker (also check out the blends above the recipe card), lock the lid, and set the valve to "sealing"

  2. Set the timer for 10 minutes.  When finished cooking, let naturally release for 10 minutes.  Release the rest of the pressure using "quick release" and, after the pin drops, carefully remove the lid.

  3. Using 2 forks or a hand mixer, shred the chicken or cut into slices.

  4. Serve in chicken taco salads or burrito bowls.  

Recipe Notes

  1. I recommend 1 cup of water or chicken broth, but please follow the instructions for your model of Instant Pot.
  2. Please see the blog post for more details on the cook time for fresh chicken breasts and bone in chicken breasts
  3. Try the seasoning blends above the recipe card for Indian, All purpose, Mexican, and Italian.
  4. This Instapot shredded chicken would be a good addition to soups, stews, casseroles, tacos, salad.  The possibilities are endless!
  5. The chicken will release a lot of water while they are cooking.  You can shred them in the liquid and then serve the chicken with tongs.  You could also remove them from the liquid and shred them, adding a little liquid to keep them moist.
  6. You can also cook these chicken breasts on the rack that came with the pot to keep them up out of the liquid.
  7. The prep time I listed includes the time it takes for the pot to come to pressure and the 10 minutes for the natural release.



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