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one serving of instant pot shredded chicken tacos on a blue plate.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

It's easy to make delicious chicken tacos in Instant Pot!
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Western
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 311kcal


  • 2 cups (550g) salsa
  • 2 pounds (907g) chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 12 corn tortillas or flour tortillas taco shells
  • taco toppings, as desired cheese, avocado, tomatoes, sour cream, radishes, lime wedges


  • Pour salsa into the Instant Pot insert and put the chicken breasts on top.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn valve to sealing, and set to manual pressure / high pressure pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When done, allow for a 5-minute natural pressure release, then perform a quick pressure release.
  • Remove the chicken breast from the Instant Pot and shred using two forks or a hand mixer. Place shredded chicken back into Instant Pot and stir into the salsa.
  • Assemble your chicken tacos by adding shredded chicken into tortillas and topping with shredded cheese, avocado slices, tomatoes, and radishes.


  • Use thawed chicken breast or frozen chicken.
  • If the cooked shredded chicken is not as moist as you would like, you can add additional salsa, chicken broth, or water before serving. 
  • The cooking time listed does not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure, or for the pressure to release. 
  • Always check for doneness using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees F / 74 degrees C when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken breast.
  • Storage - keep cooked shredded chicken in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • There are 4 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 767mg | Potassium: 880mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 462IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg