This Instant Pot recipe is one of the easiest ways to make Mexican flavored Shredded Chicken.
There is really nothing better than shredded chicken. You can use it in tacos, burritos, heck anything you can think of. This Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken recipe makes it a quick & easy way to make chicken for your tacos or burritos.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s really easy to make – as long as you have an instant pot or any other type of pressure cooker. Oh and the chicken tastes delicious. Most of the ingredients needed for this recipe are probably already in your pantry.
Can I use Frozen Chicken?
Yes! This is probably one of the most asked questions on Social Media when making Chicken in the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot is “smart” enough to adjust depending on if you are using raw or frozen chicken.
You are probably asking yourself how does my IP know if my chicken breasts are frozen? Technically it doesn’t. But because the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, and pressurizes based on its contents, it will adjust accordingly if you are using frozen breasts.
Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. The Instant Pot is an amazing device that makes most recipes foolproof.
A couple of things to be mindful of when working with raw chicken:
1- Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
2- Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
3- Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
4- Wash all utensils and cutting board (if applicable).
5- If marinating the chicken, make sure you toss the juices before you cook. Don’t ever use the juice from the marinade.
6- Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
If you don’t already have an Instant Pot, you can get one right off their Official Website.
The Instant Pot comes with several safety features. If you happen to encounter a “burn” message on your IP, make sure you read this article about the burn message.
For more great recipes you can make in your Instant Pot, check out my awesome collection of Instant Pot Recipes which includes a variation of this Shredded Chicken recipe. One of my more popular Instant Pot recipes is my Instant Pot Lemon Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes recipe. Packed full of flavor!
If you are looking for another great shredded chicken recipe you can make in your Instant Pot next time you are making Mexican food, check out my Shredded Salsa Chicken recipe. Delish!
How to Make Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken
Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of your Instant Pot and brush with the olive oil.
Add all the other ingredients on top of the chicken. Put the lid on the instant pot, and close the valve.
Set the timer on manual high for 27 minutes. When done, do a quick pressure release and remove the chicken to shred.
Put the shredded chicken back in the instant pot and cook on low with the lid on for 10 to 15 minutes to absorb all the liquid.
Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken
- 2 lbs Chicken Breast(s)
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Salsa
- 2 Cans Green Chilies
- 4 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
- 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Tsp Liquid Smoke
how to make this recipe
- Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of your Instant Pot and brush with the olive oil.
- Add all the other ingredients on top of the chicken. Put the lid on the instant pot, and close the valve.
- Set the timer on manual high for 27 minutes. When done, do a quick pressure release and remove the chicken to shred.
- Put the shredded chicken back in the instant pot and cook on low with the lid on for 10 to 15 minutes to absorb all the liquid.
Any nutritional information provided on this site is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with your nutritionist.