Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

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These easy Instant Pot chicken tacos are quick, healthy, and flavorful. The whole family will love them!

Prep Time 10 minutes | Cook Time 15 minutes | Inactive time 10 minutes | Total Time 35 minutes



  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (4 fluid ounce) can mild diced green chilis with juices
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 large chicken breasts

For serving (optional, to taste):

  • Tortillas
  • Tex-Mex cheese blend shredded
  • Fresh cilantro chopped
  • Avocado chopped
  • Red onions chopped
  • Iceberg lettuce shredded
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Lime wedges


  1. Add all ingredients except for the chicken to your Instant Pot. Give it a good stir.
  2. Add the chicken and spoon some of the sauce over top. 
  3. Close the lid, set the valve on “sealing”, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. 
  4. While the chicken is cooking, prep the taco toppings.
  5. Once the countdown has finished, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release. 
  6. Take the chicken out of the Instant Pot and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Using 2 forks, shred it, or cut it up using a knife. Add the cut-up chicken back into the Instant Pot and coat with the sauce.
  7. Assemble tacos as desired. 

Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to use pre-made taco seasoning instead of the spices I suggest if you wish.
  • You can definitely add more chicken if needed (keep cooking time the same) – it makes plenty of sauce. I had about a pound of chicken. You can also use chicken thighs if you prefer. I would cook them a bit longer (12-13 mins. so they’re fall-apart tender). If using frozen chicken, I’d add on an extra 2 minutes. If ever in doubt, use a meat thermometer to ensure chicken is 165F. 
  • If you want to reduce the sauce: prior to shredding the chicken, take it out of the Instant Pot and press the “sauté” button. Let the sauce bubble away for 5-10 minutes before adding the chicken back in.
  • I use this 6-quart Instant Pot.
  • Inactive time indicates the time it takes the Instant Pot to get up to pressure.

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