Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken

shredded chicken inside of the instant pot

5 from 2 reviews

This Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken is cooked quickly in the pressure cooker and comes out so tender/easily shreddable! Perfect for enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, or meal prep!




  1. Pour chicken broth into the instant pot and place the chicken breasts side by side into the broth. Mix seasonings together in a small bowl and then evenly sprinkle over the top of the chicken.
  2. Place the lid onto the pressure cooker and lock into place. Turn on instant pot, select “Pressure Cook” setting, set to “high pressure” for 10 minutes, and start. Allow to come to pressure, depending on how much chicken is inside, can take 8-10 minutes. After it has come to pressure it will cook for 10 minutes. 
  3. Once the timer has expired and the chicken has finished cooking, do not touch it. Allow the pressure to release naturally. This should take about 10-12 minutes. Once the float valve is all the way down, signaling the pressure has released, carefully open the instant pot.
  4. You can shred the chicken inside of the pot, but the sides will be very hot. I opt to use tongs to remove the chicken breast and place onto a cutting board to shred with two forks. Once you have shredded the chicken, I add it back into the pot, and mix it all up with the delicious juices. 
  5. Use the chicken in your favorite Mexican dish or for meal prep!


Keywords: instant pot, shredded chicken, pressure cooker