Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken

Savory, flavorful and crazy simple to make, Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken is a serious staple around our house. Perfect for a quick no-muss-no-fuss dinner on a hectic weeknight. Or an ideal recipe to whip up during your weekly meal prep to make throwing together easy breezy healthy meals!

Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken

Just by a quick show of hands, who here has 2 hours each night to cook dinner?

Just, raise them nice and high.......anyone?......anyone?......no? No one has two hours?......interesting...because neither do I. Looks like we are all in the right place.

Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken

So, this blog is fun and I totally love it....but it is also not my full time job. In case you are new around these parts, I am a teacher by day, blogger by night, and wife & mommy always. I spend my days caring for and filling the little minds of preschoolers with wonder and knowledge (okay fine, and having a few runs on the slide too). And then when I am done with that, I face Southern California traffic and go home to put on (my favorite) hat of wife and mom.  

Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken

I lead a very full life. A very full busy life. Okay....it's insanely busy. I'm amazed I find time to sleep.

Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken

But, nonetheless, I love this life and I have learned to cut corners and find hacks in places to make life a bit easier.  Like getting an Instant Pot

Guys, I don't know why it took me so dang long to hop on the Instant Pot train....but now I am on it and I am riding it forever more! I love how in just minutes, it makes dishes that would either need to slow cook the whole day or that would take *at least* an hour or two in the oven. Its a busy working family's lifeline for making healthy home cooking possible, in my book.  And I am Instant Potting all the things these days.

And *THIS* Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken is a frequent flyer in my IP. I think I have made it 3 weeks running now and think I will keep the streak going! Its so great fresh out of the Instant Pot for a quick dinner, but I also love and adore the leftovers to throw together quick meals! Here are a few ways I love to use the leftovers!

  • Over a bed of greens and cherry tomatoes with a little ranch dressing 
  • Mixed with a little mayo and layered on some gluten free bread with a little baby spinach for a quick chicken salad sandwich
  • Tossed into some broth with random veggies that need to be used up for a quick chicken and veggie soup!
Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken

I'm sure I could go on and on, but you guys get the point....this recipe is a great staple to have kicking around the fridge! It'll set you up with clean, healthy protein so that throwing together meals in a pinch is super easy and fast....even on your busiest days!

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Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken (+ Slow Cooker Instructions)
Savory, flavorful and crazy simple to make, Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken a serious staple around our house. Perfect for a quick no-muss-no-fuss dinner on a hectic weeknight. Or an ideal recipe to whip up during your weekly meal prep to make throwing together healthy meals easy breezy!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and cut into rings
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup broth or water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
Instructions
Pour water/broth into your Instant Pot and layer the rings of sliced onions on the bottom.In a small bowl, mix thyme, basil, oregano, salt and black pepper. Mix.Generously season chicken with herb mixture on both sides. Place seasoned chicken on top of the onions in the Instant Pot.Sprinkle the minced garlic over the chicken.Place the lid on the Instant Pot, lock in place and turn the valve to sealing.Select the poultry setting and set the timer for 15 minutes.Once the time is up, switch the valve to venting to quick release the pressure. Once all of the pressure is released, remove the lid and transfer the chicken to a large tray or bowl.Shred the chicken with two forks, in a stand mixer with the flat beater attachment (my favorite method) or however you like best!Add a little of the broth to the chicken if you like moist chicken or leave as is if you prefer your chicken a bit drier. Enjoy immediately or store leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-7 servings
Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken