The best Instant Pot shredded chicken taco meat! It’s saucy, juicy, full of flavor, and perfectly tender. The best addition to your tacos, burrito bowls, taco salads, tostadas, etc.!

This Instant Pot chicken is SO quick and easy to make, so it makes for the best throw-together weeknight dinner. It’s also perfect for meal prep for the week!

The flavorful sauce for the chicken is made mostly from chopped tomatoes (from the can) and a packet of taco seasoning. So, it’s a great pantry-staple recipe to have in your pocket!

This recipe is:

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Soy free
  • Nut free
  • Grain free
  • Paleo-friendly

It is seriously SO good- I am obsessed with the flavor of the sauce!! It also uses chicken thighs (instead of breasts), which tend to be much more tender. Another bonus is that they tend to be more affordable! Win win.

This is the perfect protein to prep for simple lunches or dinners throughout the week. Add this shredded taco chicken meat to your favorite salads, bowls, tortillas, on top of sweet potato fries, or even nachos! So many way to use this versatile recipe 🙂

One of my favorite ways to use this shredded chicken is on a salad with mixed greens, corn, black beans, and avocado. For a dressing, I do a drizzle of olive oil, squeeze of fresh lime juice, salt and pepper, and some salsa! Such a simple and delicious meal for lunch or dinner.

For this recipe, you will need your Instant Pot. I’m sure this could be done in the crockpot- but I haven’t tested it so I can’t say for sure! If you try it, let me know!

Be sure to leave a rating and review if you give this recipe a try 🙂 It’s so helpful to me and other readers! Thank you so much! xo

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The Best Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Taco Meat

  • Author: Mia Swinehart
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner


The best easy shredded chicken taco meat!


  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1.5 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of chopped tomatoes
  • Salt + pepper, to taste


  1. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Set your Instant pot to the sauté setting and add your oil. Once heated, add the chicken and sear for 2 minutes per side. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. While still on the sauté setting, add another splash of oil and your shallot and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Turn off sauté setting.
  3. Add your chicken back to the pot, along with the taco seasoning, water, and tomatoes. Set to PRESSURE cook on HIGH for 8 minutes.
  4. Manually release the steam, then allow to cool for a few minutes before using 2 forks to shred the chicken. Leftovers can be stores in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch + Dinner, Paleo, Recipes


Nov 8, 2021

The Best Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Taco Meat

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  1. hal says:

    i recently made this dish and was amazed at how simple and delicious it was! most of the ingredients were already in my home so i didn’t have to go buy a bunch of complicated ingredients! i love the rich aromatic flavor it has and am never disappointed when i make @gatherednutrition recipies! <3

  2. Traci-Rose says:

    this is probably a dumb question but is there anyway i can make this without an instant pot? it looks too good to resist 🤩🤤

  3. Noelia says:

    Happy to try chicken in a different way, the best complement for rice, thank you! lots of love from Argentina 🌎🍗

  4. Emily Matero says:

    LOVE this recipe, I make probably weekly. I also used it in your paleo enchilada recipe, just didn’t add enchilada sauce to the mix, just on bottom and on top and it came out AMAZING.

  5. Angela says:

    I’ve been meal prepping this to take to work for months now. It’s so quick and easy, and has a lot of flavor. I usually make taco bowls with rice, beans, etc. because the ingredients transport and keep well, but if I’m home I like to use it in salads.

  6. Karlee Vukets says:

    Delish! Tried it in the crock pot and worked great. Mine was set on low for 2 hours but I still seared in olive oil on the stove in a pan before putting into the crockpot. Then I used a hand blender to shred the chicken and mix in the tomato/tacos. It was lovely 🙂 thanks Mia!

  7. Sadira Stone says:

    Delish! I used frozen skinless chicken thighs. Very tender and flavorful.

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