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Today I’m sharing my super simple taco chicken recipe. Taco chicken is great for filling enchiladas, tacos, burritos, topping salads and more. You can’t go wrong with this recipe for your Taco Tuesday celebrations!

Taco chicken pin showing the finished taco chicken ready to eat!

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We recently threw a baby shower for my best friend and this recipe was somehow the hit of the whole she-bang. I was a little baffled because we make this ALL THE TIME and it’s incredibly easy.

This recipe is nothing special or fancy but it’s definitely one you’ll want in your Instant Pot handbook!

Close up of the finished taco chicken in a bowl ready to eat.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious fiesta chicken recipe:

You’ll need three ingredients to make this amazing chicken. No joke. Just three. And it couldn’t be easier or more delicious so maybe there’s magic in simplicity…

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Prepackaged taco seasoning (we use the great value brand from Walmart)
  • Chicken stock (we use the leftover cooking liquid from the Instant Pot)
  • Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker
Featured image showing the finished chicken and the Instant Pot in the background and the Kitchen aid mixer for shredding.

Yes, I do think the Instant Pot is necessary. You can cook the chicken however you like…we occasionally smoke the chicken with this easy recipe and then shred it up with the taco seasonings!

Why do I need to cook the chicken in the Instant Pot?

First of all, if you are hesitating to use the Instant Pot because of the cost or because you are afraid to get started with one…don’t be. This recipe comes out perfectly every time.

I’m not kidding when I say I loaded up two Instant Pot’s with chicken breasts until they were full, plopped on the lids, set the pressure, and let them do their work while we prepped everything else for this baby shower.

This recipe is incredibly easy and that’s thanks to the Instant Pot. Cooking chicken in a pressure cooker keeps them juicy and it makes them so tender that they fall apart while you are trying to take them out of the pot to shred them.

It could not be easier or more delicious.

Here we see the Instant Pot in the background the most useful chicken cooking tool of them all.

If you eat a lot of chicken, like I do, then you’ll want to learn how to cook it in the Instant Pot.

Once a week I make shredded chicken in the Instant Pot with either ranch seasoning, taco seasoning, or nothing at all and then I use it all week long for salads, chicken salad, wraps, sandwiches, tacos (of course) and anything else you can imagine.

So, don’t skip the Instant Pot. Use a Crockpot if you must (it’ll take longer, about 6 hours or so on low) but definitely don’t try and pan fry the chicken for this fiesta chicken recipe. It won’t be as good.

Another pin showing the finished Instant Pot fiesta chicken recipe.

How to make taco chicken in the Instant Pot:

Here’s the easier than anything else, totally simple, anyone can do it (yes even you) directions for making this taco chicken in the Instant Pot!

Place your raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the Instant Pot on the trivet. I use the metal trivet that came with the pressure cooker, you can use whatever you like to elevate them off the bottom of the Instant Pot.

Add about 1 – 1 1/5 cups of water to the Instant Pot so it can properly pressurize and operate. You’ll need some of this liquid after the cooking process so don’t worry, it’s not too much water!

Place the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure it’s in the locked position. Then set the valve to sealing so your Instant Pot can come to pressure and cook up these delicious taco chicken breasts.

This shredded fiesta chicken will need to cook for 20 minutes at high pressure. I used the manual setting. You can use the meat setting on your Instant Pot if you like. Either way it needs to be 20 minutes at high pressure.

I allow the taco chicken to do a natural pressure release for as long as possible. I usually give it at least 15 minutes. You can let it go all the way if you have time.

Once the pressure is released naturally for a bit, switch the valve to venting and allow all the pressure to release so the little peg drops and you can remove the lid.

Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot…good luck. It’s super tender and will be falling apart…and place it into a bowl or your stand mixer.

Get 1 cup of the cooking liquid from the bottom of your Instant Pot and set it aside. Open your packet of taco seasoning and dup it into the cup with your cooking liquid. Stir to make sure there are no lumps.

Dump the taco seasoning mixture into the bowl with the chicken and shred it. You can shred it using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer or just use a hand mixer with the regular metal whisk attachments. Either way it’s going to come out perfectly.

Once your chicken has reached the desired level of shredded you can stop mixing and serve it up however you like. We serve taco chicken in corn tortillas with fresh veggies, salsa, and sour cream!

This recipe is for 6 chicken breasts but I’ve put nearly as many into the pot as it seemed like it could hold without any issues so feel free to add more / less based on your needs!

Close up of the finished chicken recipe in a bowl.

Can I freeze shredded Instant Pot chicken?

Yes! You can definitely freeze this recipe. I kept telling everyone how amazing this shredded chicken is to freeze.

Just put it into freezer bags or containers and then thaw it out in the refrigerator when you are ready to use it!

Fiesta chicken in a freezer bag ready to the frozen.

More recipes to try if you like this fiesta chicken:

Here are some of our other recipes that you should totally try out! They’re easy, delicious, and most of them come from the incredible (sometimes odd) culinary mind of my husband 🙂

Printable Taco Chicken Recipe:

Super Simple Taco Chicken Recipe

Today I’m sharing my super simple taco chicken recipe. Taco chicken is great for filling enchiladas, tacos, burritos, topping salads and more. You can’t go wrong with this recipe for your Taco Tuesday celebrations!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Pressure Release / Building Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken, Fiesta Chicken, Shredded Chicken, Taco Chicken
Servings: 12 Servings
Author: MeagenB
Cost: 12

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker

Ingredients

  • 6 Chicken Breasts boneless skinless
  • 1 Pack Taco seasoning we use the great value brand from Walmart
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock we use the leftover cooking liquid from the Instant Pot

Instructions

  • Place your raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the Instant Pot on the trivet. I use the metal trivet that came with the pressure cooker, you can use whatever you like to elevate them off the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  • Add about 1 – 1 1/5 cups of water to the Instant Pot so it can properly pressurize and operate. You’ll need some of this liquid after the cooking process so don’t worry, it’s not too much water!
  • Place the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure it’s in the locked position. Then set the valve to sealing so your Instant Pot can come to pressure and cook up these delicious taco chicken breasts.
  • This shredded fiesta chicken will need to cook for 20 minutes at high pressure. I used the manual setting. You can use the meat setting on your Instant Pot if you like. Either way it needs to be 20 minutes at high pressure.
  • I allow the taco chicken to do a natural pressure release for as long as possible. I usually give it at least 15 minutes. You can let it go all the way if you have time.
  • Once the pressure is released naturally for a bit, switch the valve to venting and allow all the pressure to release so the little peg drops and you can remove the lid.
  • Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot…good luck. It’s super tender and will be falling apart…and place it into a bowl or your stand mixer.
  • Get 1 cup of the cooking liquid from the bottom of your Instant Pot and set it aside. Open your packet of taco seasoning and dup it into the cup with your cooking liquid. Stir to make sure there are no lumps.
  • Dump the taco seasoning mixture into the bowl with the chicken and shred it. You can shred it using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer or just use a hand mixer with the regular metal whisk attachments. Either way it’s going to come out perfectly.
  • Once your chicken has reached the desired level of shredded you can stop mixing and serve it up however you like. We serve taco chicken in corn tortillas with fresh veggies, salsa, and sour cream!
Another close up view of the finished chicken in a dish.