Instant Pot Mexican Chicken

Kaci: Thesouthernrd
by Kaci: Thesouthernrd
6 servings
45 min

You are going to LOVE this versatile Instant Pot Mexican Chicken recipe. It is such an easy, one pot meal that can be turned into multiple different dinner options that the whole family will love.

I love to make this chicken on a Sunday and then utilize it to make multiple easy meals throughout the week. Serve with sauteed vegetables and brown rice; or as tacos, burritos or chicken quesadilla; or serve over nachos for a fun family dinner. The possibilities with Instant Pot Mexican Chicken are endless.

Serve the chicken with sauteed vegetables such as peppers, onions, and mushrooms over brown rice for a healthy, well rounded meal for you and your family.

Simply dump all of the ingredients into your instant pot and cook with the valve sealed for 27-30 minutes, then manually release the pressure.

Shred the tender chicken before placing back in the instant pot to absorb all of the flavors.

A couple secret ingredients (brown sugar and liquid smoke) in the sauce take the flavors of this Mexican chicken to the next level.

This chicken also makes delicious nachos for a fun, Friday night family meal.

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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  • 2-3lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1, 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans diced green chilis
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke

Rub chicken breast with olive oil and place in instant pot
Add remaining ingredients to instant pot
Place lid on Instant Pot and close the valve
Cook for 27 minutes
Manually release pressure, remove chicken and shred
Return shredded chicken back to the instant pot for 10-15 minutes for it to absorb the liquid
  • Serve
  • Jim Jonack Jim Jonack on Feb 04, 2023

    I made this tonight. I will definitely make it again however I’m going to delete the salt. It was very salty. But the flavors were amazing.

    • Kaci: Thesouthernrd Kaci: Thesouthernrd on Feb 06, 2023

      Yes, it can be a little too much salt for some. I sometimes cut it back too and it is still delicious. So happy you enjoyed it