Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos (gluten free and paleo)

  • Author: Katja Heino
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Instant Pot
  • Method: Instant Pot


Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos are full of flavor, moist and juicy, and require only 15 minutes of cooking on high pressure. Easy weeknight meal. 



  • 1 tbsp butter, ghee, or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (I use a mix of breasts and thighs)
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning (homemade recipe below and my FAV brand)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup bone broth 
  • juice from one lime


  • 2 cups shredded or thinly sliced cabbage (I like a mix of green and purple)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt



  1. Press SAUTE on Instant Pot and add one tablespoon of fat. Saute onions for 2-3 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Turn IP off.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of taco seasoning and salt. Add to IP. Pour in 3/4 cup bone broth and juice from one lime.
  3. Close lid and press MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOK on newer models) and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn the knob to quick release and once steam has escaped, open lid. Shred chicken with 2 forks right in IP if you like juicy shredded chicken. If you prefer dryer shredded chicken, remove chicken from IP with slotted spoon and place into large bowl. Shred with 2 forks and turn IP to SAUTE and allow liquid inside IP to reduce for 3-4 minutes. Add shredded chicken back into IP and mix.
  5. To make cilantro lime cabbage slaw, combine slaw ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Slaw can be made a day or two ahead of time. 
  6. To assemble tacos, gather your favorite taco shells and whatever fixings you like. My favorite toppings are Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw and avocado.


Homemade taco seasoning recipe: 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp cumin powder, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp oregano,  1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt.

Instant Pot will take 5-8 minutes to come to full pressure before it starts the timer, so actual cooking time is closer to 20 minutes.

Slow cooker directions: Place ingredients into slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. You will have to saute onions and garlic on stove top if you want them cooked beforehand