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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

From Frozen Chicken to Chicken Tacos in Less Than Half an Hour

Have frozen chicken breasts but don't know what to make? These chicken tacos are perfect. Just throw the frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, add a few simple ingredients and you'll have beautifully shredded chicken in about 20 minutes.

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These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are sure to be a hit in anyone’s home! You can cook the chicken from frozen in your Instant Pot, and you’ll have a delicious meal in no time, with minimal ingredients. These tacos are perfect for busy weeknights and require hardly any effort!

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Topping Ideas for Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

You can play around with your toppings, depending on what your family likes. In our home, we love to top our tacos with fresh avocado, shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and some hot sauce! The nice thing is everyone can pick their own toppings so there’s no arguing about dinner choices.

ingredients for cooking seasoned chicken breasts with the instant pot pressure cooker
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These Instant Pot Chicken tacos stand on their own, but we like to add a few sides to go with them. My easy Homemade Guacamole is always a given on taco night. Another perfect side is Instant Pot Salsa Rice. It’s crazy easy and the kids love it! When we have extra time, we also make some fresh Pico de Gallo. So delicious!

Ingredients for Chicken Tacos

Frozen chicken breasts, salsa, chili powder, salt, and pepper is all you need for this recipe. And an Instant Pot, of course! It’s a quick and tasty recipe, perfect for those nights when you’re wondering what to feed your family because you forgot to thaw your chicken!

I do have a recipe for thawed chicken breasts and it’s amazing as well. My Instant Pot Salsa Chicken uses thawed breasts and a few more spices. It’s also incredibly easy and delicious!

Whichever recipe you choose, you’ll love how the chicken smells when you remove the lid. Yum!

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The chicken breasts come out so tender and juicy and are very easy to shred. You can shred the breasts the old fashioned way with a couple of forks, or you can make things easier and use your hand mixer. It works like a charm!

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Once you’ve shredded the chicken, it’s time to serve it up on a few tortillas with your favorite toppings and sides. I know you’ll love these Instant Pot Chicken Tacos as much as we do. Let me know in the comments when you try them!

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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Chicken breasts, salsa and pico.

4.84 from 6 votes
12 tacos
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Instant Pot
IP Pressure LevelHigh
IP ProgramManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Pressure Release
5 minute NPR
Total Time
25 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
These no-fuss chicken tacos are perfect when you need something fast, easy, and delicious to put on the table.
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Course: Main Course
Category: Poultry, Tacos
chicken tacos topped with shredded cheese and cream served on a large plate
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for the Seasoned Chicken

additional Toppings


  • Place chicken breasts, seasoning, and salsa in the Instant Pot.
  • For frozen chicken set the Instant Pot to cook for 15 minutes at Manual/High Pressure (no additional water needed).
  • Once cooking has completed, do a 5-minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR). Make sure to release any remaining pressure before opening the pot.
  • Ensure that the chicken is fully cooked and at a safe internal temperature before serving.
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and place in a bowl and shred.
  • Your chicken is ready to serve on a warm tortilla.

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Serving: 1taco | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 555mg | Potassium: 492mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ideas for serving your Instant Pot Chicken Tacos.

Add some tasty toppings. To make these tacos extra tasty, top them with fresh avocado, shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and your favorite hot sauce! We love Cholula and Tabasco!

Add a special dressing. We like to add a bit of Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing to our tacos.

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  • K says:

    Bone in chicken?

  • Holy mother of all things tacos, this looks amaaaazing! Thank you so much, I canNOT wait to try this!

  • Jen says:

    Hi! Love the idea but my chicken wasn’t cooked all the way even when I increased cooking time, nor was it shredable after I finally got it cooked through. Any tricks not in the original post?

    • Hi Jen! At 15 minutes cook time plus the 5-minute natural pressure release your chicken should have definitely been cooked through unless the frozen chicken was unbelievably thick. Is there a chance your pot did not come to pressure? This can happen sometimes and the pot will count down even though the pin doesn’t come up. That’s the only thing I can think of.

  • Nicole says:

    This looks awesome! Can I do this with chicken that isn’t frozen? How would I adjust the time? While I usually have frozen chicken, I have fresh chicken right now!

    • Hi Nicole! You can cook it on high pressure for 10 minutes with a 2-minute natural pressure release. I may actually be adjusting this recipe for less time as well, but I’ll have to test it out. it was my very first IP recipe 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Hope you try lots of my other recipes!

  • Julie Sampson Brown says:

    My kids love the concept of “Taco Tuesday” and would love these tacos! Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa Storms says:

    This does look good and anything I can make from frozen works well for me.

  • Danielle StJohn says:

    This would save me, I forget to pull meat out all the time.

  • Linda Mast says:

    Instant pot chicken tacos is yum!

  • Vickie says:

    my dh and kids would love easy too.

  • Sandy Klocinski says:

    I would really enjoy these. It looks very easy. And delicious!

  • Laura says:

    This looks amazing!!! Can’t wait to try!!!!

  • Melissa says:

    I use my Instant Pot almost daily!

  • Debbie says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Terri S. says:

    Sometimes I get home and haven’t defrosted anything from the freezer to get dinner on the table for my family. This Instant Pot looks perfect and easy to use. Your Chicken Tacos look yummy!

  • Margot C says:

    I love just putting frozen chicken in my Instant Pot with seasonings, it is fantastic. This idea is simple and looks yummy.

  • Joan Kubes says:

    This is something my whole family could enjoy!

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