Shortcut Chicken Tacos – Instant Pot Recipe

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Juicy, flavorful chicken from your Instant Pot for an effortless and fast meal any time.

I have to tell you, my Instant Pot has become a lifesaver around here. There are times where I am so busy, I just don’t have time to cook. This recipe is perfect for those kinds of days. I can toss the ingredients in the Instant Pot, go back to what I was doing, and a little while later it’s ready to eat.

Shortcut Chicken Tacos | An Instant Pot Recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

I made this very recipe recently when I was busy working on some projects. I had intended to make something else…looked up and saw what time it was and yikes! It was much too late to start the other recipe I had planned and I needed to make something… so this was it. Fast and delicious!

You can also make this recipe in your slow cooker if that is your preferred method. I have both methods included in the printable version of this recipe below.

Shortcut Chicken Tacos | An Instant Pot Recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Shortcut Chicken Tacos | An Instant Pot Recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Shortcut Chicken Tacos – Instant Pot Recipe

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
This recipe includes alternative slow cooker instructions.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Entrées – Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 185 kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Tb ground cumin
  • 1/2 c salsa, your favorite variety
  • 1/2 c chicken broth

For serving (optional):

  • tortillas or taco shells
  • shredded cheese
  • black olives
  • guacamole
  • sour cream
  • lettuce


  • To begin, place the chicken breasts in the bottom of your Instant Pot (or other electric pressure cooker.)
  • Sprinkle the chili powders and cumin all over the top of the chicken.
  • Spread the salsa over the top.
  • Pour the chicken broth around the chicken into the bottom of the pot.
  • Cover and close your pressure cooker. Cook the chicken for 25 minutes on high pressure.
  • When the chicken is done cooking, shred the meat with two forks.
  • Serve with your favorite taco toppings in hard or soft tortilla shells.
  • Enjoy!


To prepare this in your slow cooker, prepare it exactly as above, simply placing all of the ingredients in your slow cooker instead of a pressure cooker. Cook on low heat for 6 hours, or high heat for 4 hours. Shred the meat and serve as above.


Serving: 1cCalories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 17gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 499mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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