Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken

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This Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken recipe is the perfect addition to your weekly meal prep lineup.

In case you missed my smoked queso recipe, here’s a fun fact about me: if I had to pick one cuisine to live off of, it would likely be Mexican.

I love the bold use of spices and the diverse way you can incorporate many main dishes to create other things ( e.g., tacos, quesadillas, burrito bowls etc.). This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is not an exception. 

Simple Instapot Mexican Shredded Chicken

When we host, I like to serve tacos (and sometimes, a margarita to go alongside) – and this recipe is quick and easy enough to whip up with little notice. 

Suppose you haven’t cooked with your Instant Pot much because you need to learn how to use it. Don’t worry, you are not alone!

I’ve recently been trying to find easy dinner recipes that we can eat as a family with our one-year old, and I have tried a few Instant Pot recipes that are now our family favorites, this one included. I’m here to testify; it’s easier than you think.

Feel free to do your research, try out a few things, and know it’s ok to mess up on a recipe before perfecting it. 

Let’s get to the details on how to get the perfect Instant Pot Shredded Chicken in only 20 minutes. 

Simple Instapot Mexican Shredded Chicken

P.S. If you love to have your spice jars match as I do, this was an effortless & satisfying DIY pairing of my Cricut & these reusable spice jars

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water

For the Spice Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Simple Instapot Mexican Shredded Chicken

Directions:

Add 1 cup of water into Instant Pot.

Simple Instapot Mexican Shredded Chicken

Mix together spices in a small bowl until well combined. Add spices into water and stir together.

Simple Instapot Mexican Shredded Chicken

Place chicken breasts into Instant Pot, and add cover. Set to pressure cook, level high, for 20 minutes.

Make sure your steam seal is locked.

Once done, release the steam carefully.Use a hand mixer on a low setting to shred the chicken right in the Instant Pot.

If you haven’t tried this hack, you need to. It shreds chicken twice as fast as shredding it by hand.

Simple Instapot Mexican Shredded Chicken

Remove from the pot & viola! You have the perfect Instant Pot shredded chicken to top on tacos, burrito bowls, and more. 

Simple Instapot Mexican Shredded Chicken   

Simple Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken

Simple Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This versatile mexican chicken can be used for tacos, burrito bowls, nachos, walking tacos and quesadillas. It takes 20 minutes from start to finish and is sure to be an easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of water into Instant Pot
  2. Mix together spices in a small bowl.
  3. Add spices in water & stir together.
  4. Place chicken breasts into Instant Pot.
  5. Cover your Instant Pot. Set to pressure cook, level high, for 20 minutes. Make sure your steam seal is locked.
  6. Once completed, release steam carefully.
  7. Use hand mixer on a low setting to shred the chicken in the Instant Pot.
  8. Enjoy on tacos, burrito bowls & more.

Notes

If you want to make this ahead and freeze, it's a great recipe to have if you know you are hosting larger groups or a Taco Tuesday gathering.

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