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Shredded chicken with meat claws

How to Make Shredded Chicken

Shredded chicken is a common ingredient in so many recipes, yet it is often made the wrong way. Here's how to make it perfect every time.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Shredded Chicken
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 183kcal
Author Erica Walker


  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker



  • Place chicken breasts in the bottom of an Instant Pot/Pressure cooker.
  • Add chicken broth to Instant Pot and top chicken with seasonings and butter.
  • Seal and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes (30 minutes if cooking from frozen) then quick release.
  • Remove chicken from Instant Pot and shred with forks or meat claws (or any method above).
  • Return shredded chicken to Instant Pot (optional) and combine with juices until ready to use in recipe.

For Crock Pot/Slow Cooker:

  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker (adding up to an extra cup broth if needed to prevent burning)
  • Cover and cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg