Instant Pot Shredded Frozen Chicken Breast

shredded chicken on a plate with two gold forks

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Learn how to cook an Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast that you can shred and put into tacos, salads, pasta, or soup. This is a great easy recipe for busy weeknights.




  1. Remove the chicken from the packaging. Lay the cutlets flat on the trivet inside a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Add the water to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Lock on the lid and set the time to 18 minutes.
  4. Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes. Release any additional pressure and carefully remove the lid.
  5. Use tongs to transfer the cooked chicken to a cutting board. Use a fork and your tongs to shred the chicken. Or, you can use a knife to cut it into chunks.
  6. Serve immediately, or place the chicken in a glass bowl and cover with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


If your chicken cutlets are medium sized, then reduce the cooking time to 16 minutes.

If you chicken is defrosted or close to defrosted, you can reduce the cooking time to 8-10 minutes.

You can fit about 3 large chicken cutlets inside a 6-quart Instant Pot.

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