Shredded Chicken

Recipe Challenge: Instant Pot / Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Shredded chicken is a super basic recipe that can be dressed up any way you like, or mix-and-matched with other plate components to build a balanced meal! It’s the perfect meal prep protein.

Serves 6-8


  • 2 lbs raw skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup chicken stock, or water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • spices/seasonings of choice

Tip: the exact ingredient measurements do not have to be exact; you just want some liquid to keep the chicken breasts moist. For stovetop method use enough liquid to cover the chicken.


Instant Pot:

Place liquid, salt, and seasonings into Instant Pot. Stir. Adding chicken breasts and put on lid. Turn valve to sealing, select Pressure Cook (Manual) for 10 minutes, followed by a 10 minute natural release (leave it alone). Turn valve to venting to release whatever pressure is left. Open the lid and shred chicken breasts in the liquid (with 2 forks or by hand once cooled). Store chicken in cooking liquid and serve using tongs.

Crockpot / Slow Cooker:

Place chicken breasts in crockpot/slow cooker. Pour liquid and seasonings over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Shred chicken with 2 forks or by hand once cooled.


Place chicken and other ingredients in pot or saucepan, using enough liquid to completely cover the chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for ~20 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked through (165 ºF). Shred with 2 forks or by hand once cooled. Store chicken in cooking liquid and serve using tongs.

Nutrition Facts

Per 3.5 ounces of slightly drained chicken: 150 kcal, 3.4 g fat, 1.2 g total carbohydrate (0 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar), 26.8 g protein

Shredded Chicken Nutrition Facts
Nutrition facts calculated using chicken stock

How to use shredded chicken:

  • On a salad
  • In a burrito bowl with cauliflower rice
  • On a lettuce wrap or low carb tortilla topped with taco fixings
  • Stuffed into bell pepper halves with quinoa and cheese
  • In hot oatmeal for a savory breakfast

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