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Instant Pot® Shredded Chicken Tacos Recipe

These flavorful Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos are easy to prep and even easier to cook—let the pressure cooker do all the work!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 lbs
Calories: 692kcal



  • 1 tbsp canola oil OR vegetable OR avocado oil
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken cubed and lightly seasoned* (I used a combo of breasts and thighs)
  • 1/2 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 2 oranges juiced
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1/2 jalapeno minced (or a whole pepper if you prefer slightly spicier) 
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped


  • corn tortillas
  • red onion diced
  • cotija or queso fresco cheese
  • salsa verde
  • cilantro chopped
  • lime wedges


  • Turn the Instant Pot® on the SAUTE setting. Add oil and sear the chicken until golden brown. You will need to do this in two batches. Transfer chicken to a plat and set aside. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the chicken back into the pot. Season with chili powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, and oregano. Add the orange juice, lime juice, jalapeño, and cilantro.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot® and pressure cook on the POULTRY setting for 12 minutes. After the chicken has fully cooked, carefully turn the steam release vent (I always do this with a long oven mitt on) and let the pressure come down. Once the valve pops, remove the lid and turn the Instant Pot® on SAUTE.
  • Cook the chicken until the almost all of the remaining liquid is gone, or for crispy chicken, cook until the liquid is gone, then stir every 2-3 minutes for 6 minutes, taking care to not let the chicken burn.
  • Using two forks, shred the chicken and toss with extra lime juice, if desired. Serve immediately.


*You can season the chicken however you'd like. I used a blend of salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin.


Serving: 2serving | Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 99g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 290mg | Sodium: 1137mg | Potassium: 2113mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1455IU | Vitamin C: 105mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 3mg