Instant Pot

BBQ shredded chicken

I’ve never made shredded chicken, typically this was a cooking technique we used with pork. FlavorRD’s recipe eleven from 21 Instant Pot recipes to Wow your family seemed the most versatile. Flavorrd’s frozen to fab’s basic recipe had flavor variations recipes for: Honey Dijon, Spicy Korean, Cuban Mojo, and Teriyaki; two used commercially prepared sauces: BBQ and Salsa. Wanting to use a family favorite first; our BBQ sauce preps up in 5 to 10 minutes, once the timer is set on the Instant Pot you can sit back and relax.


Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4 servings
  • Serving size: 6oz
  • Calories: 335
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated fat: 3g poly 5g mono
  • Carbohydrates: 0
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 121mg
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 51g
  • Cholesterol: 143mg
Recipe type: Dinner
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This is the basic cooking directions for chicken in the instant pot. Use these cooking instructions and your choice of sauce to create your own family favorite.
  • 2 lbs chicken breast, thawed or frozen
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¾ cup of sauce or flavoring
  1. If using homemade sauce: Use the saute feature to precook any vegetables or prepare the sauce. Once the sauce if prepared, place the chicken in the pot, use a water to cover if needed. Press cancel once the precooking is done.
  2. If using prepared sauce or flavor: Use approximately ¼ to ½ cup of water, add the chicken to the Instant Pot, then add ¾ cup of your favorite sauce or spice combo.
  3. To cook the chicken: use the poultry setting and adjust to 20 minutes; use the quick release method once cooking is done.
  4. For small chicken breasts: 15 minutes cook time
  5. Large or double recipe: 30 minutes cook time.

We were not disappointed in the texture and flavor of this chicken. We’ve used the cooked chicken for a few things at this point.

  • First we made burritos; using an 8″ tortilla wrap and layering black bean mixture, cooked chicken, then cheddar; before baking in the oven.
  • We’ve served this chicken over spaghetti squash and cooked spinach.
  • We’ve also serving with a basmati rice mixed with cooked onion and peppers.

Shredded BBQ Chicken in the Instant Pot
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6 serving
  • Serving size: 6
  • Calories: 299
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated fat: 3g mono 1g poly
  • Trans fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Sodium: 436mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Cholesterol: 98mg
Recipe type: Dinner
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Shredded beef is the beginning of so many wonderful recipes. This whips up fast, cooks in twenty minutes. The remaining meal prep can be done during the ten minute natural release time.
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup, Onion Raw Chopped
  • ½ Cup, Celery, raw
  • ¼ cup, Pineapple Chunks
  • ¾ cup, Catsup
  • ¼ cup(s), Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ cup water to thin and cover (if needed)
  • ¼ cup, packed packed brown sugars
  • 2 tsp(s), Mustard, prepared, yellow
  • 2 tsp(s), Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 lbs, Chicken Breast - Skinless
  1. Using the simmer option, place oil, onion, and celery into the Instant Pot and cook vegetables until soft and onion is translucent.
  2. Place remaining ingredients, except the chicken into the pot and stir until blended.
  3. Add chicken to the Instant Pot, close and lock the cover, close the steam valve.
  4. Using either poultry or manual, adjust the cooking time to 20 minutes
  5. Once cooking is done, use natural release until pressure is reduced and cover can be opened.
  6. Shred chicken and prepare to wow your family.

Chicken is so versatile and so is this recipe; it helps me reach my post workout meal goal of 50g carbs & 25g protein. I stumbled upon this recent nugget while reading an Eat to article.

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Meal prep has been the number one reason we’ve failed to eat better. The quote above, from an Eat to Perform article, helps keep me on track; the Instant Pot made it happen. The Eat to Perform article mentions that 12oz of raw chicken will cook down to 8 oz of cooked chicken; I’ve used that multiplier as well.

We previously baked chicken breasts, the results were hit or miss regarding moistness. This instant pot recipe is fabulously easy to make with a tender moist result each and every time we’ve made it.

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