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3 Ingredient Chicken Tacos (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

3 Ingredient Chicken Tacos (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

These 3 ingredient chicken tacos are so easy to make and so tasty – the perfect meal for those busy weeknights. A 30 minute meal in your Instant Pot (from fresh or frozen) or let it cook all afternoon in your slow cooker for amazing chicken tacos! This chicken taco meat is amazing in soft or hard tacos, or on nachos!These 3 ingredient chicken tacos are so easy to make and so tasty - the perfect meal for those busy weeknights. A 30 minute meal in your Instant Pot (from fresh or frozen) or let it cook all afternoon in your slow cooker for amazing chicken tacos! This chicken taco meat is amazing in soft or hard tacos, or on nachos!

Chicken tacos.  Just might be one of my family’s favourite meals ever.

There are never any complaints when chicken tacos appear on the menu.  And everyone loves that, right?  Cheers when you call everyone to dinner instead of groans when they see you’re serving something crazy and horrible like mashed potatoes.  Yup, that’s right.  My kids hate mashed potatoes. What kid hates mashed potatoes?!

And yet they’ll eat this slow cooker butter chicken, which most kids wouldn’t touch.  So weird.

Anyhow.

Chicken tacos.  They LOVE those, and I kind of agree.

These 3 ingredient chicken tacos are so easy to make and so tasty - the perfect meal for those busy weeknights. A 30 minute meal in your Instant Pot (from fresh or frozen) or let it cook all afternoon in your slow cooker for amazing chicken tacos! This chicken taco meat is amazing in soft or hard tacos, or on nachos!

Whenever I don’t know what to make for dinner, this is inevitably what comes to mind.  It’s just so easy to make, and I always have the ingredients.  Might have to run out and get some taco shells, but I can do that while the chicken cooks so that’s not an issue.  Or just toss the meat on some tortilla chips with some cheese for chicken nachos instead – just as amazing!

I’ve been making this recipe in my slow cooker for years now – toss some salsa in the slow cooker, chicken breasts on top and sprinkle with taco seasoning.  That’s it.  Such an easy recipe and it can cook away all afternoon while I’m doing something else.

These 3 ingredient chicken tacos are so easy to make and so tasty - the perfect meal for those busy weeknights. A 30 minute meal in your Instant Pot (from fresh or frozen) or let it cook all afternoon in your slow cooker for amazing chicken tacos! This chicken taco meat is amazing in soft or hard tacos, or on nachos!

 

Now that I’ve finally gotten on board with the Instant Pot craze and started pressure cooking all the things, I even have options for this tasty meal.  If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, these chicken tacos are fantastic in the slow cooker, and I will still make them in there when I want it to cook all afternoon and be ready whenever we are.

But as far as speed goes, pressure cooking is where it’s at!  The ingredients are the same – but you can also cook the meat from fresh or frozen.  I absolutely love that I can toss frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot with some salsa and seasoning and have it cooked perfectly in 12 minutes.  That’s kind of insane.

I may just love pressure cooking now that I’ve (finally) started!

These 3 ingredient chicken tacos are so easy to make and so tasty - the perfect meal for those busy weeknights. A 30 minute meal in your Instant Pot (from fresh or frozen) or let it cook all afternoon in your slow cooker for amazing chicken tacos! This chicken taco meat is amazing in soft or hard tacos, or on nachos!

Tips for perfect 3 Ingredient Chicken Tacos:

  • If you’re cooking this in the Instant Pot (I have the 8 Quart Duo, but it will work fine in a smaller model too), you can cook the chicken from fresh or frozen, it will just change the cook time a bit.  If you’re making it in the slow cooker though, I would recommend using fresh or thawed chicken for food safety reasons.
  • This recipe only takes 3 ingredients – chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning.  I often have this taco seasoning recipe on hand so that’s what I usually use, but if I buy it I get this brand.  The salsa gives a lot of the flavour to the chicken so use your favourite kind!
  • If you have any leftovers, it keeps well in the fridge for 3-5 days, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.  It’s great for taco salads, tacos, or nachos for meals later in the week, or for lunches.
  • Here are a few more great taco recipes for you: 20 Minute Ground Beef TacosFish Tacos with Avocado Cream, and Blackened Fish Taco Bowls with Corn Salsa

Yield: Serves 4-6

3 Ingredient Chicken Tacos {Instant Pot or Slow Cooker}

These 3 ingredient chicken tacos are so easy to make and so tasty - the perfect meal for those busy weeknights. A 30 minute meal in your Instant Pot (from fresh or frozen) or let it cook all afternoon in your slow cooker for amazing chicken tacos! This chicken taco meat is amazing in soft or hard tacos, or on nachos!

These 3 ingredient chicken tacos are so easy to make and so tasty - the perfect meal for those busy weeknights. A 30 minute meal in your Instant Pot (from fresh or frozen) or let it cook all afternoon in your slow cooker for amazing chicken tacos! This chicken taco meat is amazing in soft or hard tacos, or on nachos!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

For the Instant Pot:

  1. Place salsa in the Instant Pot, with the chicken breasts on top.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken with the taco seasoning.
  3. Secure the lid, making sure the valve is closed.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes for frozen chicken, 8 for fresh chicken.
  5. The Instant Pot will take 10-15 minutes to come to pressure before the cook time starts.
  6. When the cook time is finished, let the Instant Pot naturally release for 5 minutes and then quick release the rest of the pressure.
  7. Use two forks to shred the chicken and mix it with the salsa in the pot.

For the slow cooker:

  1. Place the salsa in the crock of the slow cooker, with the chicken breasts on top.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken with the taco seasoning.
  3. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
  4. Shred the chicken with two forks and mix it with the salsa in the slow cooker.

Notes

The cook time refers to the Instant Pot from frozen - adjust that according to the recipe directions if you are using fresh or cooking in a slow cooker.

You can use either fresh or frozen chicken if you’re making this in the Instant Pot, it just changes the cook time by a few minutes. If you’re making it in the slow cooker, I would recommend using fresh or thawed chicken for food safety reasons.

Use the chicken in soft tacos, hard tacos, on nachos, in burritos - however you like, with all the fixings!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 426mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 36g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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Rob

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

I’m not sure exactly when, but I think about 4 min into the 8 min cook time (fresh chicken) my Instability Pot Viva started blinking “FOOD BURN.” Never seen that one before. Any suggestions or causes? I worked around it though. Chicken came out awesome.

Stacey

Thursday 6th of August 2020

When you get the Burn warning seems to depend a little bit on which model of Instant Pot you have. I have an 8 quart Duo model, and I never get that warning with this recipe, but I get it with other recipes that people with different models don't have a problem with. With this recipe, I'm guessing that the salsa you are using is too thick and doesn't have enough liquid for the pot to come to pressure without the food burning on the bottom of the pot. If you add 1/4-1/2 cup of water to the pot before adding your chicken and salsa that should solve the problem.

Jen

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

I received the burn notice as well. I’m not sure if it had anything to do with the fact that I used chunky salsa. I turned it off, cleaned it out, added a half a cup of water and I’m back at it!

Stacey

Friday 8th of May 2020

You know, I made this recipe probably 10 times with no trouble before posting this, and then just the other day I made it and got the burn warning and had to do the same thing, adding a bit of water, cleaning it out, and starting it again. I used a different brand of salsa that time then I normally use so I'm guessing it was just a thicker salsa and that was the problem. I think it does depend a bit on how thick the salsa is, but adding a bit of water solves the problem!

Baylie

Saturday 14th of March 2020

So I can put the chicken in the instant pot completely frozen when I cook this? I’ve never put frozen chicken in it before and I’m kind of nervous..

Stacey

Saturday 14th of March 2020

Yes you can cook chicken in the Instant Pot from completely frozen! It’s my favorite thing about pressure cooking I think!

Susan

Friday 21st of February 2020

Made this today. I can't believe how amazing and tender this turned out! And so quick! My husband calls the instant pot, "the Magic Pot." Ha!

Stacey

Friday 21st of February 2020

Haha, I think that's appropriate! Glad you liked it!

Nicole

Monday 9th of December 2019

Can you double this amount or do you think it best to make 2 separate batches?

Stacey

Monday 9th of December 2019

You can double it! As long as your Instant Pot isn't filled past the 2/3 full line it's fine. I double this recipe all the time.

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