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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos just earned a permanent spot in my weekly menu planning. These are simple, and totally delicious.

Instant pot Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

I may as well continue on with my current Instant Pot obsession. Just imagine how crazy it is going to get this fall when I do some deep dives into soups, stews, bisques, and chowders. I might need multiple pressure cookers just to keep up. We’ll see, I guess.

Instant Pot Pork Shredded Chicken Tacos

This shredded chicken taco recipe is one of the easiest and tastiest that I’ve tried yet. Don’t be shy on the seasonings here.

Anytime I make Mexican food, I break out the Chili Margarita seasoning because it is my FAVORITE. It has lime in it, you guys. Just a touch, but that and the rest of the seasonings and spices really make it something special. Get crazy with it, and don’t skimp on the garlic salt and onion powder either.

Instant Pot Pork Shredded Chicken Tacos

I LOVE browning stuff right in my instant pot. It is one of my favorite features. It adds so much flavor to the end result of the dish, and you get to keep all of that awesome fond on the bottom of the pan. Also, fewer dishes. Always good.

Once the pressure cooking cycle is done you are going to open up the cooker to this.

Instant Pot Pork Shredded Chicken Tacos

Allll that deliciousness on top there? That’s all cilantro. I cannot get enough of this stuff.

If you like this recipe, you’ll love my easy shrimp scampi pasta, my fresh fettuccini with herbs, and my chicken with cilantro cream sauce too.

A quick taco bar is a great weeknight meal for those busy after-work evenings, and this one is perfect for the upcoming school year too. Another great easy recipe for those busy weeknights is this Sarma Cabbage Roll Soup recipe. Check it out!

Instant Pot Pork Shredded Chicken Tacos

Toss this together after school, go run and do your extracurriculars, and come home to dinner…done.

Instant Pot Pork Shredded Chicken Tacos

Serve this with my Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice!

Pressure Cooker Mexican Rice

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Instant pot Chicken Tacos

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Pork Shredded Chicken Tacos

Quick dinner idea that can even be made from frozen! Super flavorful chicken tacos!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2-3 tablespoons chile lime seasoning from Spiceology*
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • onion powder
  • 5-6 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 cup dry hard apple cider
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1-2 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Cilantro
  • 1 packet taco seasoning


  1. Place the oil into the bottom of your Instant Pot, and turn on the Saute mode. While it is heating, liberally season your chicken breasts with the chili lime seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and onion powder. Brown the chicken breasts on each side.
  2. Once the breasts are browned, remove from the pot and set aside and add the sliced onion in. Saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add in the dry hard cider, diced tomatoes, cilantro, and salsa. Place the chicken into this mixture, replace the lid, and change the function of your pot to Manual and set the timer to 8 minutes.
  4. Once the pot is finished, do a quick release of the pressure and remove the chicken from the pot. Shred the chicken with two forks, and return to the pot. Turn the pot back to saute, and add in the taco seasoning packet. Stir constantly for 2 minutes until the mixture is slightly thickened.
  5. Serve with your favorite taco fixings, and enjoy!


  • If you don't have the Chili Lime Spiceology seasoning, you can substitute taco seasoning for it!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3

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Friday 23rd of March 2018

Can you easily double the recipe? Would that's increase cooking time

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 25th of March 2018

You sure can! It shouldn't increase the cook time unless the chicken is all frozen in a big block.


Tuesday 31st of October 2017

If I don’t have hard cider, what can I substitute with? Cooking this tonight so I would so appreciate a quick response! Thank you!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 1st of November 2017

Apple juice or chicken broth would work well! I emailed you yesterday as well. Hope you got it!


Tuesday 16th of May 2017

How much time should I do if using boneless skinless chicken thighs?

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 20th of May 2017

I haven't used chicken thighs for this, so I'm not exactly sure. I'd start with the normal amount of time listed, and check at the end to make sure it is cooked all the way and is shreddable. Let me know how it goes!

Marsha Kwasnicki

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

Frozen or thawed chicken breasts?

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

Unless otherwise specified, the recipes will be thawed meat. That being said, the IP is very forgiving. If you throw in frozen breasts I'd just add a minute or two onto the cook time and go to town. Let me know how it goes!


Thursday 16th of February 2017

I too didn't know what the Hard cider was, so I used apple cider vinegar...then read the comments...and added a half of a beer. Tasted better after the beer!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 16th of February 2017

:D Yeah, I'd imagine the vinegar would be a bit much! I'm glad it was salvaged by the beer!

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