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shredded Mexican chicken in instant pot
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Mexican Style Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Instant pot shredded chicken made Mexican style are great for meal prep or to use in any of your favorite Mexican dishes like tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, burritos and more. It’s shredded chicken taken a notch up with all wonderful Mexican flavors!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 161kcal


  • 3 chicken breasts we used large chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
  • 1 oz packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa best fire roasted chunky salsa
  • ½ jalapenos diced
  • Pinch of salt & pepper add if needed
  • ¾ cup chicken stock

To serve – For tacos

  • Taco shells
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Avocado sliced
  • Fresh ripe roma tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Cheddar cheese grated
  • Sour cream


  • Clean and wipe chicken breasts in kitchen towel.
  • Place chicken breasts inside instant pot.
  • Add taco seasoning over chicken breasts. Make the seasoning spread all over chicken evenly.
  • Add chunky salsa.
  • If using jalapenos add it at this stage. I like to leave the seeds on for extra kick, de seed if you can’t handle spice.
  • As per taste, my dish needed a bit of salt. So added a pinch of salt and freshly crushed pepper. Taste test and add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Pour chicken stock.
  • Put the lid on with pressure knob is SEALING position.
  • Select HIGH PRESSURE and set timer to 20 minutes (time will vary depending on the size of chicken breasts. For frozen chicken adjust time, will need more than).
  • Once cooking time is complete. Release pressure from the pot instantly by turning the knob to VENTING position.
  • Open lid. Shred chicken breasts with two sturdy fork. Shred it as thin or as chunky as you like.
  • That’s it! Ready! Use shredded chicken immediately in tacos, sandwiches, salads or any other dish!
  • You can divide shredded chicken in small batches and freeze it. Thaw smaller portions in refrigerator and use in different dishes of your choice.
  • Shredded chicken taco instant pot is our favorite dish to make with shredded chicken. It’s so full of flavors and totally delicious!



  1. Depending on salsa consistency you have to adjust chicken stock measure. If using chunky (very chunky) salsa, use about 1 cup broth and if using thinned smooth salsa use ½ cup broth.
  2. Frozen chicken breasts can be used directly, no need to thaw. Follow the time measurements mentioned in the post for frozen chicken.
  3. Shred chicken as fine thread consistency you want, or keep it as chunky as you like.
  4. Taco seasoning can be replaced with fajita seasoning. It works good for Mexican dishes!
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 861mg | Potassium: 573mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 698IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg