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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken – Perfect for Taco Night

When its a lazy night, nothing beats making instant pot shredded chicken. It falls apart, juicy, and goes in just about anything!

Instant Pot Shredded chicken with a Mexican style seasoning. This is perfect for tacos, nachos, burritos or anything your heart desires!

This is incredibly simple, using a method similar to my 5 minutes Spanish rice – vegetable broth, onion, garlic and tomato sauce.

Instant Pot Shredded chicken with a Mexican style seasoning. This is perfect for tacos, nachos, burritos or anything your heart desires!

For the tomato sauce, you can either use the standard stuff, or sometimes I like to add some heat using el pato. Its spicy so its not something I can use all the time until the kids are fully acclimated to spicy food.

It’s funny because my wife and I LOVE spicy food, but Brayden can’t stand it.
He still freaks out if there is pepper in his food! One day he’ll learn to love it.. one day..

Instant Pot Shredded chicken with a Mexican style seasoning. This is perfect for tacos, nachos, burritos or anything your heart desires!

I don’t always bust out the instant pot. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Mostly because of the misleading instant in the name. Call it what it is – a pre-programmed pressure cooker and I’m fully on board.

But when you have to wait 10-15 minutes to preheat, don’t make me think this is instant.

But where it shines is the texture you get from pressure cooking. And of course – having shredded chicken done in 30 minutes that falls apart is a win. And maybe somewhat instant. So touche instant pot.. touche.

Instant Pot Shredded chicken with a Mexican style seasoning. This is perfect for tacos, nachos, burritos or anything your heart desires!

Instant pot shredded chicken is perfect for tacos, enchiladas, flautas, or even nachos. And if you have a vacuum sealer, make a big batch vacuum seal and freeze.

Let it thaw over night in the fridge and boil in the bag for 5 minutes and you have an easy dinner ready to go!

If you’re in the market for an instant pot here’s a link to the one I use!

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken, instant pot, quick and easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 177
Instant Pot Shredded chicken with a Mexican style seasoning. This is perfect for tacos, nachos, burritos or anything your heart desires!
Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 2 lbs chicken breast boneless skinless
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

Instructions

  • Set your instant pot to saute, brown onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes. add chicken continue to saute until cycle is complete
  • Set instant pot to pressure cook for 18 minutes. Add vegetable broth until chicken is covered. Add salt, oregano and cumin. lock lid and let cook.
  • Release pressure and strain liquid. Shred chicken with a fork. Add more salt to taste and serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1388mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!