Lemony Garlic Shredded Chicken (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or Stove Top!)

60 minutes

serves 0

A lot of you have been asking me about the Instant Pot for two reasons: 1) you have it and you’re intimidated by it and have no idea what to do with it or 2) you’re interested in getting one but you don’t understand it or how you would potentally use iti. Well, I am here to hopefully help you understand the Instant Pot a litttttle more, plus give you a recipe that you can make with it right away. First thing’s first. No, (to my dismay) Instant Pot is not paying me for this, nor did they send me this Instant Pot to play with :(. And yes, this is a totally honest review. I received the Instant Pot to work with during my Amazon LIVE stream, and I decided to do some meal prep with it in order to train myself on how it works. I ended up making this lemony garlic shredded chicken and was really impressed with the product. Full tutorial and Instant Pot 101 below!

As much as I enjoy the Instant Pot, you can use any pressure cooker for this recipe. You can also use a slower cooker or just pop everything in a dutch oven on the stove and let it simmer. The only thing you will change is the cook time and possibly the amount of liquid if you are using a pressure cooker that requires certain measurements. There’s not one way to achieve this shredded chicken, however I will say, pressure cooking is the fastest way.

Now let’s talk about the flavors of this chicken because if you’re meal prepping, well, you want to like the chicken. It would suck to use 4 chicken breasts and just think it’s “ok.” So, if you enjoy the following you will like this: garlickiness, tanginess, lemon juice, white wine sauces and broths. I personally love using wine when I’m cooking because in my opinion, it adds such a depth of flavor to cooking liquids. If you don’t like using wine, just skip it and sub for extra chicken or veggie broth. I also want to note that I used a low sodium chicken broth because that’s all I had in my fridge. If you are using regular sodium, half the salt in this recipe and gradually add it, then taste before you add more.

lemon garlic shredded chicken instant pot


If you are using a slow cooker, sauté the garlic and onion in a pot on the stove top, then deglaze the pan with the broth, wine and lemon juice. (Deglaze basically just means add the liquid so it gets all those brown bits off of the bottom of the pan.) Once the pan is deglazed, transfer the liquid to the slow cooker. Add the chicken breasts and let them cook on low for up to 8 hours, or high for 4-6 hours until the internal temp of each chicken breast is 165 and you can shred the chicken breasts easily with a fork. If you are doing this on the stove top, follow the above instructions in a large pot with a lid, or a dutch oven. Let the mixture simmer and add the chicken breasts. If using frozen chicken breasts, let them simmer for 2-4 hours. If using fresh, you can make this in 1-2 hours. If you really want to speed it up, you can boil the water and they should be cooked within an hour, however, the chicken will be a little more chewy.

5 from 14 Reviews


Adjust Servings
1tbsp olive oil
1/2cup onion
4cloves garlic
1tsp salt
1cup low sodium chicken broth or stock
1/2cup dry white wine or dry rosé
Juice of one lemon
4 chicken breasts
Fresh herbs