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Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

This Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos recipe is made using pulled chicken and is ready in less than 30 minutes thanks to the pressure cooker. This is the best Mexican-inspired dish perfect for weeknight dinners.

Instant Pot shredded chicken tacos on a plate

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What Type of Chicken to Use

I like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can also use chicken thighs, boneless will work best. Breasts and thighs will follow the similar cook time noted in the recipe.

raw chicken breast, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, and chicken broth in separate bowls

How to Season the Chicken

I love to use my Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe. You can use a store-bought seasoning packet if you wish.

chopped onions, garlic, chopped tomatoes, and diced tomatoes in separate bowls

How to Make Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Place the Instant Pot on the Saute function. Add the olive oil and onions. Cook for a few minutes until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add in the minced garlic and stir.
  3. Next add in the broth, chicken breasts, and taco seasoning. Stir.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and chilis last. Do not stir.
  5. Pressure cook.
onions sauteed in an Instant Pot
garlic and onions sauteed in an Instant Pot
raw chicken in an Instant Pot with broth and seasoning
chicken breast in an Instant Pot with diced tomatoes and chilies

How to Use Frozen Chicken

Frozen chicken with require a 16 minute cook time with 10 minutes of natural release of steam once the pot indicates it has finished.

How to Make them Spicy

You can added cayenne pepper to your seasoning (my homemade recipe has this as an option) and you can really give it a kick by adding chipotles in adobo sauce. 1/4 of a 7oz can will provide medium spice. Add more if you really want it next level.

chicken breast in an Instant Pot with diced tomatoes and chilies

What Type of Tortillas and Taco Shells to Use

I love to use corn tortillas. I like to serve them crisp by using a cast iron skillet coated in olive oil on medium-high heat. I toast each side of the tortillas for 3-4 minutes or until slightly charred.

You can also use flour tortillas or hard shells.

shredded taco chicken in an Instant Pot

Taco Toppings and Ideas

  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Pickled Onions
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Red Onions
  • Avocado
  • Bacon
shredded Instant Pot chicken on a plate

How to Keep the Chicken Juicy

Keep the chicken stored in the broth until you plan to use it. Once you remove it from the liquid, it will begin to dry out. While serving, I like to keep the chicken in the Instant Pot on the Keep Warm function. You can also transfer it to a slow cooker and it on Warm.

How to Store Leftovers

To keep the chicken juicy, store leftovers in broth on a sealable container for 3-4 days.

Instant Pot shredded chicken tacos on a plate

Freezer Tips

Freeze leftovers in broth in a sealable container or bag for 3-4 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.

Pair These Tacos With These Recipes

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Air Fryer French Fries
Instant Pot Black Beans
Instant Pot Brown Rice

Slow Cooker Crockpot Chicken and Rice

More Taco Recipes

Blackened Fish Tacos
Leftover Taco Meat Bowls
Keto Low Carb Taco Soup
Air Fryer Taco Egg Rolls
Taco Zucchini Boats
Leftover Turkey Nachos

Instant Pot shredded chicken tacos on a plate
Instant Pot shredded chicken tacos on a plate
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Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

This Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos recipe is made using pulled chicken and is ready in less than 30 minutes thanks to the pressure cooker. This is the best Mexican-inspired dish perfect for weeknight dinners.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot chcken tacos, Instant Pot shredded chicken tacos, pressure cooker chicken tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
natural release of steam 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 409kcal

Ingredients

Homemade Taco Seasoning (Feel free to use a store bought packet if you wish)

Optional Toppings

  • salsa
  • shredded cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream

Instructions

  • Place the Instant Pot on the Saute function. Add the olive oil and onions. Cook for a few minutes until translucent and fragrant.
  • Add in the minced garlic and stir.
  • Next add in the broth, chicken breasts, and taco seasoning. Stir.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and chilis last. Do not stir.
  • Pressure cook for 10 minutes on Manual > High Pressure Cooking with an additional 10 minutes of natural release of steam.
  • Open the pot and remove the chicken. Shred with forks. Return the chicken to the pot and stir.
  • Serve the chicken on tortillas with optional toppings.

Notes

  • I like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can also use chicken thighs, boneless will work best. Breasts and thighs will follow the similar cook time noted in the recipe.
  • Frozen chicken with require a 16 minute cook time with 10 minutes of natural release of steam once the pot indicates it has finished.
  • You can added cayenne pepper to your seasoning (my homemade recipe has this as an option) and you can really give it a kick by adding chipotles in adobo sauce. 1/4 of a 7oz can will provide medium spice. Add more if you really want it next level.
  • Keep the chicken stored in the broth until you plan to use it. Once you remove it from the liquid, it will begin to dry out. While serving, I like to keep the chicken in the Instant Pot on the Keep Warm function. You can also transfer it to a slow cooker and it on Warm.
     
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 6g
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Recipe Rating




Jenny

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Excellent flavor and so easy to make!

staysnatched

Friday 26th of November 2021

Wonderful! I'm glad to hear it.

Erin F.

Sunday 7th of November 2021

Made this for a big family dinner and everyone loved it! I added a little chipotle chili to it, because I didn’t have enough chili powder for the seasoning. So simple, quick, and delicious!

staysnatched

Saturday 13th of November 2021

I love to hear that!

Kristin

Thursday 21st of October 2021

Loved this recipe! Quick and easy weeknight meal for the family. The homemade taco seasoning is a must! Using the pressure cooker is a game changer, the chicken breast came out flavorful and juicy!

staysnatched

Friday 22nd of October 2021

I'm so glad to hear you loved the recipe!

Angela Crawford

Thursday 14th of October 2021

This recipe was right on time! Cooking the chicken was fast and easy. The chicken was so tender, juicy, and flavorful. I used jimica shells that Brandi shared months ago in one of her grocery store hauls. This recipe is a must try!

staysnatched

Monday 18th of October 2021

Yum! That's a great combo!