My Go-To Meal Prep Hack: Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot shredded chicken is the ultimate meal prep recipe. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and is versatile enough to use in different dishes throughout the entire week.

The Easiest Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is perfect when combined with some whole grains and roasted vegetables in a bowl for a healthy meal.

I’m letting you in on a little secret today! That’s right, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes from my e-cookbook that will set you up for meal prep success throughout the entire week. This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is sooooo easy and takes almost no ingredients to make. And because it’s so simple, you can dress it up in a multitude of ways – no repeat meals here!

The simplicity of this chicken also makes it a great first food for baby if you’re following baby-led weaning. You can easily control the sodium by simply not adding any salt and season it with whichever herbs and spices you have a hankering to introduce to your child on any given day.

How to Make It

Seriously guys, I can’t think of any recipe that is easier than this one. And for all my Dish Density fans, this is pretty much the LEAST amount of dishes you’ll find in any of my recipes. (ICYMI, I introduced the exciting Dish Density feature on this post last week.) That deserves a lot of celebration, am I right?

All you need to do to make this super simple recipe is throw all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot, turn it on and set a timer [*affiliate link]. That’s it! The real fun comes after the chicken is made, when you get to come up with how you’re going to use it all up.

Two hearty bowls of Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken loaded with vegetables and whole grains are the perfect healthy meal!

But don’t worry, I have some ideas for you!

  • Throw it on top of a seasonal salad.
  • Use it as part of a filling for enchiladas.
  • Make tacos.
  • Stir it into a soup.
  • Put together a simple protein, veggie and grain bowl and top with your favorite healthy dressing.
  • Pile it on top of a bun with some BBQ sauce for tasty sliders.

These ideas right here are enough for almost an entire week’s worth of dinners, but I’d love to hear if I missed any creative uses you can think of!

The other great thing about this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is you can totally freeze it! So make it some evening or weekend where you have a 30-minute block of time, and pop it in the freezer for a go-to weeknight meal in the very near future.

If you can totally get down with the freezer meal idea (I mean, what busy parent can’t?), be sure to check out my e-cookbook for 29 more freezer-friendly recipes!

A bowl of the Easiest Instant Pot Shredded Chicken complete with veggies. A great option for baby-led weaning!

Easiest Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Instant Pot shredded chicken is the ultimate meal prep recipe. It takes less than 30 minutes to make
and is versatile enough to use in different dishes throughout the entire week.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: baby-led weaning, chicken, Instant Pot, meal prep
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 121 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound each boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs (2 pounds total)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper, as desired
Dishes needed:
  • Instant Pot
  • 2 forks
  • Tongs
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in an Instant Pot. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Hit the “Pressure Cook” button and select High pressure for 10 minutes.

  2. The Instant Pot will take a while to warm up, then it will
    start counting down. Once the timer is done, make sure the valve has switched
    to vent to release all the pressure.

  3. Once all the pressure has been released and the chicken has
    cooled slightly, use two forks to shred it. After shredding, pour out any
    excess liquid.

  4. Once shredded chicken has cooled completely, place in a
    resealable glass container or plastic bag and freeze. You can also separate the
    chicken into individual portions before freezing if desired.

Recipe Notes

DISH DENSITY: Low

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew

This quick and easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew is the perfect weeknight meal, or way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! It’s full of delicious, hearty flavors and comes together in less than one hour.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew | CaliGirlCooking.com

It’s been a while, but I hope you’ll forgive me once you take a look at this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew!

In case you don’t follow along on social media, I’ve been hard at work in what has become a favorite new capacity of mine – baby meal prepper! Just this week I came out with my second ever ebook, 30 Freezer-Friendly Recipes for Babies and Toddlers and it has been receiving rave reviews. It’s chock full of healthy recipes that the little ones go gaga over and – I have to say – I’m pretty darn proud of it!

One thing I’ve learned since becoming a mom is that delicious, healthy food doesn’t have to be elaborate or take hours to make. Whereas before I took pride in never taking the shortcut for any food I was preparing, I now take immense pride in figuring out ways to cook delicious meals using as many shortcuts as possible.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew | CaliGirlCooking.com

Perhaps the greatest “shortcut” I’ve discovered is the Instant Pot. To be honest, it took me a while to give in to the Instant Pot craze. Did I really need ANOTHER kitchen appliance? Was it really going to be THAT life-changing? It took a great sale last fall for me to finally break down and get one and I can now say with 100% certainty that YES, it is that life-changing. There’s a bit of a learning curve getting started, but once you get the hang of it you’ll never want to use your slow cooker again.

If you’re also new to the Instant Pot game (or are planning to be), these have been some of my favorite IP recipes I’ve made so far:

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup from Gimme Some Oven

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup from Jo Cooks

Healthier Instant Pot Coq Au Vin from Half Baked Harvest

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Kalua Pig from Nom Nom Paleo

While I have an Instant Pot recipe in my new ebook and am working on adapting some of my old recipes for the IP, this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew is the first blog recipe I’ve developed for all of you IP fans out there and, if you don’t have an IP yet, now’s the time to get one! (*affiliate link)

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew | CaliGirlCooking.com

We have had one of the rainiest winters we’ve had in a loooong time, so I’ve been craving all the comfort food. To me, there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup or stew and a crusty piece of warm bread on a chilly, rainy evening. We had beef stew fairly often when I was growing up, but I’d never ventured into making my own…until now! With the Instant Pot, it comes together in less than an hour yet still fills your home with that delicious, slow-cooked aroma.  Did I mention it tastes amazing?

Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d jazz up what would be considered a traditional beef stew with a healthy dose of Guinness (after all, you know I love my cocktails.) Otherwise, I kept things pretty traditional with the typical carrots, onions and potatoes.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew | CaliGirlCooking.com

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with the couch, some beef stew and a big ol’ glass of wine. And will you do me a favor? Let me know your favorite Instant Pot recipes in the comments below!

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
43 mins
Total Time
53 mins
 

This quick and easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew is the perfect weeknight meal, or way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! It’s full of delicious, hearty flavors and comes together in less than one hour.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: beef, dinner, Instant Pot, stew, weeknight
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 719 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 5 tablespoons flour, divided
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 11.2-ounce bottle Guinness beer Or 1 can would be fine
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes, large diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the beef and 3 tablespoons of flour in a medium bowl and toss so the beef is evenly coated in the flour.

  2. Place 3 tablespoons of butter in the Instant Pot and set it on sauté for about 8 minutes. Once the butter is melted, add the beef. Let beef brown for at least a couple of minutes on one side and then stir to get a nice brown on all sides. 

  3. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery to the Instant Pot and stir to combine. Pour in the Guinness to deglaze the pan.

  4. Add potatoes, Worcestershire, tomato paste, beef broth, thyme and bay leaves to the Instant Pot. Stir to combine. 

  5. Turn the valve to Sealing, press the Meat/Stew button and select high heat for 35 minutes. The pot will take a bit of time to preheat, then it will begin to count down.

  6. Once the time is up, turn the valve to vent. It will take a few minutes for all of the pressure to release. While you’re waiting, place remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a small, microwave-safe dish and microwave until melted, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Once butter is melted, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of flour. Add this mixture to the stew in the Instant Pot and stir to combine. This will help thicken it up.

  7. Remove bay leaves and serve warm.