Instant Pot

Chicken Taco Bowls (Instant Pot)

Ok, let me start off by saying that this makes a TON of food! I’m not even kidding- my Instant Pot has never been so full in its life! So if you’re one of those people that doesn’t like leftovers, I think you could half the recipe just fine. Me on the other hand, I LOVE leftovers! We eat this for dinner just in bowls the first night, then in burritos the next night. The rest gets packed up for lunches, or goes into the freezer for another time. Cook once- eat for days! This would be great to take to a pot luck, or if you’re feeding a crowd!

It seriously could not be easier- you basically dump everything in the pot and set the timer!

*Update* I’ve heard back from several readers that they did cut the recipe in half and it worked great! Just halve all the ingredients, but keep the cooking time the same!

Chicken Taco Bowls


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16 oz salsa
  • 3 cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • 3 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 (12 oz) bag frozen corn


  1. Place the chicken in the Instant Pot Insert. Sprinkle with the chili powder, cumin, salt, paprika, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano. Add the beans. Pour salsa over everything. Add the rice, and then cover with the water or chicken broth.
  2. Secure the lid and set to cook on manual high pressure for 12 minutes, then quick release pressure.
  3. Remove the chicken, and shred. Add the corn to the pot and stir (the heat from the rice will warm the corn up). Return the shredded chicken to the pot.
  4.  Serve with your favorite taco fixings: shredded cheese, cilantro, sour cream, salsa, jalapenos, avocado.

Recipe adapted from Wondermom Wannabe

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11 thoughts on “Chicken Taco Bowls (Instant Pot)

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! When I make brown rice in the Instant Pot, I cook it for 22 minutes, and let it release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. I’m afraid the chicken would be overcooked if you tried to combine it with brown rice. I think your best bet would be to cook the brown rice separately, and then to cook this (leaving out the white rice and the broth), and then add the brown rice to the chicken mixture after everything is done cooking. If you figure out a better way to do it, I’d love to hear about it! 🙂


    1. I think anywhere from 1.5 to 2 pounds would work great. When I put the chicken breasts in the pot, they completely cover the bottom of the pot, in one layer. I’d just be leery of stacking them on top of each other because I’d be afraid they wouldn’t cook all the way through. I hope that makes sense! I’ll weigh them next time I make this so I can update the recipe!


    1. I would try it without any liquid! One of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot is chicken breasts with just a cup of salsa (no water or broth) it always works great!


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