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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos (shredded chicken tacos)

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 8 1/2 cup servings

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These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos come together quickly and can be made from fresh or frozen chicken breasts or thighs (or both!)! Perfect for tacos, salads, or taco bowls.

instant pot chicken tacos on flour tortillas overhead on marble with lime wedges and fresh tomatoes on the side

January on The Recipe Rebel is all about easy, most healthy family dinners — some that double as Superbowl party recipes because, what can I say? ‘Tis the season!

These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are one of those recipes.

I love making a bunch of tacos or taco meat (chicken and beef or even pork or seafood!) for a party because it’s easy for everyone to mix and match what they like.

They’re easy to make and easy to prep ahead, and if you set out a wide range of sides or toppings (lettuce for salads, cooked rice, different salsas and cheeses, chips and veggies, etc.), there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.

On the other hand, shredded chicken tacos also make a super quick, simple and healthy weeknight meal.

And the leftovers? Just as easy to get rid of!

Make a salad, do up some nachos for lunch or date night, stir it into soup or a pasta dish. These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are so super versatile, they’re sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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This is the best basic Instant Pot Shredded Chicken <– if you’re looking for juicy, delicious chicken with a great all-purpose seasoning blend that is awesome for your weekend meal prep!

Variations on these Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos:

  • These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are naturally gluten and dairy free, just be sure to check your labels and pay attention to what you serve alongside.
  • I like a little sweetness for cooking my chicken, so I like to use pineapple or mango juice! You can easily swap this for chicken or vegetable broth, or even water, though broth or juice adds a ton of flavor that water just won’t.
  • I like to add my salsa as a topping on my tacos so that everyone can pick and choose with they like. If you prefer, you can stir the salsa right into the shredded chicken before serving.
  • You can make these as mild or as spicy as you like by adjusting the spices or topping with extra spicy toppings. If you know you like your tacos extra spicy, try adding an extra teaspoon of chili powder or shredding with some hot salsa thrown in the mix.
instant pot chicken tacos close up on flour tortillas with cheese lime wedges fresh tomatoes and lettuce

How to make Instant Pot Chicken tacos from frozen chicken:

From frozen chicken breasts:

Cook on manual or pressure cook, high pressure, for 12 minutes.

From frozen chicken thighs (boneless, skinless):

Cook on manual or pressure cook, high pressure for 10-12 minutes.

How to make these Instant Pot Chicken Tacos ahead:

There are two ways to make these shredded chicken tacos in advance:

  1. Prep everything in the inner pot of the Instant Pot, then cover and refrigerate up to 1 day before cooking and continuing with the recipe.
  2. Prep and cook completely. Shred. Let cool slightly before covering and refrigerating. To reheat, simply use the microwave, stove top or Instant Pot on saute setting to warm through (or serve cold!).
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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

5 from 7 votes
These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos come together quickly and can be made from fresh or frozen chicken breasts or thighs (or both!)! Perfect for tacos, salads, or taco bowls.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Servings 8 1/2 cup servings
Calories 84kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • tortillas, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and salsa as desired for serving

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  • Combine chili powder, garlic, onion, salt and cumin and sprinkle over chicken. Pour pineapple juice into the Instant Pot.
  • Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 10 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 8-10 minutes, then open the valve and remove the lid.
  • Drain all but 1/4-1/2 cup of the juices. Shred the chicken in the juices and stir so the chicken soaks up the flavors. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired (adding a bit more spice if you like!). Serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 266mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. Lynne Jean says

    I Love this recipe… so good and easy. I am making this again and I want to make 3 lbs of chicken breasts. Do you know how much time to cook 3 lbs for? The chicken breast I’m using are different sizes last time I made 2 lbs and the time you have listed worked great with my instant pot.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Lynne! I don’t think I would add much more for time! It may take longer to come to pressure when it is more full, but the cook time should be about the same!

  2. Annie says

    I just found this recipe 2 weeks ago and have made it 4 times since then and have now whipped up a huge jar full of the spice mix so I can make it quicker and regularly. Thank you! The pineapple juice adds a really nice deep flavor and the spices are a nice subtle Mexican flavor. We make lots of burritos and tacos in this household and this recipe has made me super happy.

  3. Beth Hilton says

    Made these for a work function with 8 chicken breasts. These were so tasty and incredibly moist, even after leaving on warm for hours! I will definitely make these again and again.

  4. Chris Weeks says

    The recipe says cook from frozen or fresh, breasts or thighs; the recipe directions only mention chicken breasts. What about thighs, from fresh or frozen?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You can swap the breasts for thighs and I cook them the same amount of time as breasts, unless the breasts are very large. I usually add a couple minutes to the cook time if using frozen.

  5. Diana says

    My daughter hates tacos but ate 3 of these chicken tacos last time i made it and requested it a week later! I had to increase the liquid a bit for my 8 qt instant pot, last time i got a burn notice. These are amazing and so easy to make. Thank you for sharing. This is my favorite go-to blog for instant pot recipes.

  6. Ashley Fehr says

    It just depends if you like them soft or crunchy. If you want them tender you can add them at the beginning of the cook time, but they will be very soft. If you like them with more crunch, you may want to saute them separately and add them in.

  7. Brandy Gunderson says

    I haven’t tried this yet. what I wonder about is the shells. How do you warm them up? I don’t want to turn on oven in this heat

  8. Denise says

    Looking to make my first recipe tonight (besides boiling water)! If I double it, should I double the pineapple juice as well?

  9. Chef Blog says

    I loved reading this post. I dont own an instant pot yet, but lately been thinking of buying one more and more. If ever I do buy one I will definitely be trying out this recipe.

  10. Toni Bullock says

    That’s funny, because cubed chicken always seems odd to me! My husband doesn’t tire of it…well, so far! I’m going to try this tomorrow. It sounds great. Nothing better than the taco! Thanks for the recipie, Ashley! I love your ideas and your creamy chicken noodle soup is divine! I’ve made it about 6x in 5 weeks!

  11. Catherine says

    I found this recipe through your “creamy italian instant pot chicken breasts” recipe, which my boyfriend and I both love. It’s become a weekly meal! The shredded chicken tacos look amazing too! Any reason why the chicken breasts need to cook for 10 minutes when it’s 8 minutes for the creamy italian instant pot chicken breasts?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You can reduce the time to 8 minutes if you prefer! I find a couple extra minutes helps them to shred even more easily, but it’s not necessary for them to be cooked

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