These Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls are a tasty way to change up taco night. This is a super simple Instant Pot chicken recipe that’s miraculously even less work than regular tacos. And since it’s all made in the Instant Pot, clean up is a cinch too!
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Weeknight dinners are the most stressful for me because the end of the day is so busy in our home. I’m always looking for new busy weeknight dinner ideas that I can put together quickly and that my family will love. These chicken taco bowls are winners in both areas.
How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls
Most of the meal prep for this dish involves dumping ingredients into your Instant Pot. If you spend more than 5 minutes on prep, you’re doing it wrong.
Step 1 – Gather Your Ingredients
This recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients. If your family loves Mexican food as much as mine does, these are probably items you always have on hand anyway.
Step 2 – Add Ingredients to Instant Pot
Add one cup of liquid in the pot and then place the chicken breasts on top of that. You won’t see liquid in the picture below however, because this is a variation I’ve added based on reader feedback.
Next, you’ll sprinkle the chicken breasts with taco seasoning.
Pour the uncooked rice over the top. When I make it, I use 3 cups but that is a LOT for many people. If you want more chicken taco and less rice, reduce to 2 cups of rice.
And then add 3 cups of liquid (2 cups if you reduced the rice). You can use water, but I like the extra flavor of chicken broth.
Step 3 – Cook on High Pressure
Set the cook time for 12 minutes. The Instant Pot has to build pressure (for this recipe it takes about 20 minutes) first so your total cook time is a little over 30 minutes.
Use the quick release for the steam to relieve pressure, remove the lid carefully and take out the chicken to shred.
Spoon the rice mixture into bowls and top with the shredded chicken. We also like to add shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, and sour cream.
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Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowl Recipe
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- 4-5 uncooked boneless, skinless breasts if large, cut in half
- 1-2 packets taco seasoning 1 for mild flavor, 2 for more flavor
- 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 12 oz bag frozen corn
- 1 15.5 oz jar salsa
- 3 cups uncooked jasmine rice rinsed
- 3 cups water or chicken broth
- cheddar cheese
- cilantro optional
- sour cream optional
Add one cup of liquid (water or broth) to the bottom of the pot.
Place chicken breasts in bottom of pressure cooker on top of the liquid. Sprinkle with taco seasoning. Top with beans and corn. Then, pour salsa over everything.
Add rice, then remaining liquid (water or broth).
Cook on manual high pressure for 12 minutes, then use quick release to release the pressure.
Once the pressure has been fully released, remove lid carefully.
Shred chicken. Serve immediately. Top with cheddar cheese, cilantro, and sour cream as desired
Weight Watchers Freestyle = 7 Points Per Serving with 8 Servings, that is calculating in a zero point cheese and skipping sour cream.
NOTE: Readers who have used other types of rice have reported undercooked rice. If possible, stick with jasmine rice.
Also, the original recipe called for one packet of seasoning but many people indicated that they prefer it with more seasoning. I’ve added a note to the recipe to reflect that.
Also, my family is full of rice fanatics. Others have told me this makes way too much rice for their taste. If you’re looking at the recipe thinking “Really? 3 cups of rice?!” you probably fall in the too much rice camp so reduce the rice AND the liquid by one cup.
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More Instant Pot Recipes
If you liked this recipe, you might like my Asian version. These Thai Chicken Rice Bowls are amazing!
And my friend Ashley over at I Don’t Have Time for That! recently recreated one of her most popular recipes for the Instant Pot and it’s delicious! You have to try her Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli and Rice.
These Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken Bowls are also popular with my kids.
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