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3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Taco Recipe

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Taco Recipe

Taco night has never been easier.  This 3 Ingredient instant Pot Chicken Taco Recipe is the shredded chicken taco meat recipe you need for taco salads, burrito bowls, enchiladas and of course tacos!

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Don’t worry, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, I’ve provided you with slow cooker instructions.  They are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.  So grab your favorite toppings and get ready to enjoy delicious tacos with minimal effort.

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

​3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Taco Recipe-Tips

I use boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. This recipe is very quick cooking and so it’s the perfect place for chicken breasts.  The salsa mixture keeps the chicken from drying out so this is a great place to use leaner cuts like chicken breasts. You will cook this recipe on high pressure or on older models it’s labeled “manual pressure.”  By all means, if you have boneless skinless chicken thighs, throw them in there. 


Some people get the burn notice on their instant pot very easily.   I have not had this problem.  If you do, add a 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the bottom of the pot for good measure.  


I use a taco seasoning packet, but you can easily make your own homemade taco seasoning mixture right from your spice cabinet with chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. There are tons of recipes online, but they all use that basic mixture.


The nice thing about  Instant pot pressure cooking is that it automatically switches to a keep warm status after the cooking cycle completes.  What’s great about that is that you can keep your meat warm while you prep everything else.   This is great for parties and such.

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

What to make with this 3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Taco Recipe

I love to use this chicken in of course warmed flour or corn tortillas. Burrito bowls are fabulous with white rice or brown rice and black beans. Serve with pico de gallo, sour cream and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. 

Any Mexican casserole where you need shredded chicken, you can use this chicken.  It’s especially great in chicken enchiladas!  It is one of my favorite ways to use this chicken. 

The possibilities are endless and this is a great meal prep!

Can I use frozen chicken in the Instant pot?

I’ll be honest, I do not prefer to use frozen chicken in the Instant Pot, but in a pinch, yes you can. You’ll need to increase the cooking time.  For regular sized chicken breasts that are frozen, it will take 14-16 minutes at high pressure.  Allow the pot to do a natural release.

Can I use salsa verde?

Absolutely!  If you prefer green over red salsa, go right ahead!  You could even add in some canned green chiles for totally different flavorful profile.  

How long can I store leftover taco chicken?

This taco chicken is good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  I also love to make extra a vacuum seal it for the freezer!  It will store well for up to 3 months!

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This post was last updated on 2/22/24.



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3 Ingredient Chicken Tacos


PLEASE NOTE:  Since taco shells and toppings vary, the nutrition info is for the chicken only. You’ll add on whatever shell and toppings you use. This info covers you for 2-3 tacos.  4.5 ounces of chicken total.







3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are a super flavorful shredded chicken taco with all that slow cooked flavor, but it happens in just 10 minutes with your Instant Pot. You can easily adapt this recipe for slow cookers as well.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 104 kcal


  • 2 tbsp Taco Seasoning I like Trader Joe's Chili Lime Seasoning.
  • 1 cup Salsa Choose a thin picante style salsa.
  • 3 medium Chicken Breasts about 6 ounces each
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth Optional- you only need to add if your Instant Pot gets the burn notice.


  • SLOW COOKERS: Season your chicken breast on both sides with the taco seasoning. Dump the salsa on top. Cook on low for 3-4 hours until shreddable.
  • INSTANT POT: Turn the Instant Pot to saute. Put a little avocado oil in the bottom and let it heat up. Season your chicken on both sides with the taco seasoning. Brown on each side. Do not cook through. This will take 1-2 minutes.
    2 tbsp Taco Seasoning, 3 medium Chicken Breasts
  • Dump in the 1 cup of salsa (and broth if using) and put the lid on. Turn the Instant Pot to Manual or High Pressure setting (note these are the same depending on your model). Set the time for 10 minutes.
    1 cup Salsa, 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • Allow the pressure to natural release for 5-7 minutes. Release any remaining pressure and remove the lid. Shred the chicken with two forks and allow it to sit in the cooking liquid.
  • You can turn the Instant Pot to the Keep Warm Function and serve when you're ready. I like to serve this on grilled corn tortillas with lettuce, cheese and some sour cream or Greek Yogurt.


No INSTANT POT or SLOW COOKER?  Use a heavy bottomed pot that can go in the oven, like a dutch oven. Brown the chicken, dump the salsa in, add a lid, and cook at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes.  Check the chicken 1/2 way through. It's ready when you can shred it.


Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 12gFat: 1g
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Tuesday 26th of February 2019

I made this tonight and it was fantastic. I even committed it to my handwritten cookbook that is reserved for “keepers”, recipes I will make over and over. Thanks for sharing this!


Monday 4th of March 2019

That is so awesome to hear Glenda! I am so glad you stopped by and left a review!


Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

Hi!! I’m making about 13 lbs of this chicken for my daughter birthday party on Saturday, am I able to double or triple this recipe in the 8 qt instant pot? Do I need to add time?


Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Hi! You can certainly do that. 13 lbs of chicken seems a lot even in an 8 quart so you may need to do 2 batches. The thing is the increased chicken will increase the cooking time. The more food you pile in- the longer it will take as it's stacked on top of one another. If you're doing 2 batches- I'd suggest starting with 10 minutes and do a 5-10 minute natural release per batch. Keep in mind I've never done this much at once with this particular recipe so I am saying this is where I'd start. The chicken should be very shreddable. If it's still kinda tough- give it another 2-3 minutes. I think 10 minutes will be pretty close though. thanks for stopping by and let me know how it goes!

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