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!
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.
A little about me
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.
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.
Getting on Instant Pot train
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.
It’s 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!
Using garlic herb pulled chicken 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!
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!
Other chicken recipes you are going to love…
- Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken and Brussel Sprouts
- Healthy Teriyaki Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry
- Mexican Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
Loving this Instant Pot garlic herb pulled chicken and hungry for more?
Instant Pot Garlic Herb Pulled Chicken
- 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
- 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.
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