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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are an easy, versatile recipe for lunch or dinner. This yummy pressure cooker shredded chicken is family friendly and full of wholesome, real ingredients for tacos you can feel good about!

Instant Pot chicken tacos are the perfect solution for a quick, family friendly taco night.

Instant Pot chicken tacos

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We eat a lot of tacos in the house. And I mean a lot. See also chimichurri steak tacos, pineapple beef tacos, barbecue chicken tacos, shrimp tacos, and basic ground beef taco meat.

Told you. It’s a ton.

But not all the tacos we make are met with equal enthusiasm among all members of the household. My husband and I will eat almost any taco recipe out there. But the Goose who’s 5… not so much.

Family Friendly Chicken Tacos in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot chicken tacos

Instant Pot chicken tacos

Chicken tacos are a family favorite and one of the few dishes we can all agree on. Even my picky 5 year old will happily eat them, which is nothing short of a a minor miracle.

These shredded chicken tacos are full of flavor without being spicy unless you add jalapenos. And there is no store bought premade taco seasoning in them which is key for me, since I find that often the store bought taco seasonings are way too salty for me.

Restaurant Style Chicken Tacos

Shredded chicken tacos from an Instant Pot

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Ever notice how the chicken tacos you get in a Mexican restaurant aren’t overly saucy? The chicken is pulled and spiced, but not swimming in some sort of red taco sauce? These chicken tacos are like that. Juicy pulled chicken that is perfectly spiced without being hot and spicy and isn’t swimming in a really salty taco sauce.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Tacos: chicken, chicken stock, spices, garlic and lime juice

Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Tacos: chicken, chicken stock, spices, garlic and lime juice

Despite not making use of premade taco seasonings, these pressure cooker chicken tacos only use a small handful of easy to find ingredients. To make this you’ll need:

  • Chicken breasts – Boneless skinless breasts are perfect for this recipe. If using frozen chicken add 2 minutes to the pressure cook time.
  • Lime juice– Fresh limes have the best flavor for these tacos. Can’t find fresh limes? Using the bottled juice will work in a pinch.
  • Chicken stock– Low sodium chicken stock or broth adds more flavor than plain water for pressure cooking.
  • Spices– A blend of chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper will give this chicken tons of flavor without any heat.
  • Fresh garlic– You can use fresh garlic to your taste. We like garlic so we use 4-6 cloves of pressed garlic depending on the size. Can’t find fresh garlic? Use a tbs of minced jar garlic or a tsp of garlic powder instead.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

This is pretty much a dump and go recipe and it’s perfect for Instant Pot beginners because it is so easy to make! To make it, add the chicken breasts to the inner liner of the Instant Pot on the trivet.

Chicken seasoned and ready to be pressure cooked

Chicken seasoned and ready to be pressure cooked

Pour in the chicken stock. Season the chicken with 2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Then add the pressed garlic. Pour on the juice of 2 limes. Secure the lid of the Instant Pot, making sure the valve is set to sealing. Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes and do a natural release for 10 minutes.  Quick release any of the remaining pressure. Drain half of the liquid from the Pot.

Cooked chicken before shredding

What the chicken will look like when it is done cooking

Remove the chicken from the Pot and shred.

Shredded Mexican Style Chicken for Tacos

Shredded Mexican Style Chicken for Tacos

Then add the chicken to Pot and turn the Pot on Saute mode and add the remaining lime juice in and saute the chicken in the Pot.

Not Just for Tacos! Leftover Shredded Mexican Chicken Ideas

Instant Pot chicken tacos are the perfect Taco Tuesday dinner

Instant Pot chicken tacos

While this does make for amazing tacos, this recipe also produces a lot of shredded Mexican chicken. When we make this recipe, there are enough for two taco nights for 2 adults, 1 picky 5 year old, and a 1 year old that has an appetite equal to that of a garbage disposal. If you didn’t want to use the leftovers for another round of tacos you could use them in:

  • Quesadillas
  • Burrito bowls
  • Taquitos
  • A big chopped taco salad

Tips and Tricks

Instant Pot chicken tacos

Instant Pot chicken tacos

This Instant Pot shredded Mexican chicken is super easy to make. Use these suggestions to make sure it comes out exactly how you like it each and every time you make it:

  • If you want to add a little heat, add some chopped jalapeno or even a can of green chili peppers.
  • Like your chicken tacos a little saucier? Don’t drain the chicken or drain less liquid off when you are done.
  • For very saucy chicken tacos, make as directed and stir in a salsa of your choice at the end.

Other Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Recipes

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Not in the mood for taco night but want another shredded chicken recipe for the Instant Pot? I got you covered with these:

Did you make this Instant Pot chicken taco recipe? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you like it or tag me on Facebook or Instagram @seasonedsprinkles and show me what you made.

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Instant Pot chicken tacos are the perfect solution for a quick, family friendly taco night.

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos


  • Author: jfletcher
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes pressure cook, 10 minute natural release, plus time to come to pressure
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x

Description

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are an easy, versatile recipe for lunch or dinner. This yummy pressure cooker shredded chicken is family friendly and full of wholesome, real ingredients for tacos you can feel good about!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3/4  c chicken stock
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 46 cloves of crushed garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin

Instructions

Add the chicken breasts to the Instant Pot on the trivet. Pour in the chicken stock. Season the chicken with 2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the pressed garlic. Pour on the juice of 2 limes. Secure the lid of the Instant Pot, making sure the valve is set to sealing. Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes and do a natural release for 10 minutes.  Quick release any of the remaining pressure. Drain half of the liquid from the Pot. Remove the chicken from the Pot and shred.

You can return the chicken to Pot and turn the Pot on Saute mode and add the remaining lime juice in and saute the chicken in the Pot.

 

Notes

 

Like things hot and spicy? Add a diced jalapeno.

  • Category: Meats and poultry, main dishes, Mexican
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican

Keywords: chicken tacos, shredded chicken tacos, Instant Pot chicken tacos

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