Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos

October 9, 2017 (Updated: April 29, 2019) By Aneesha |

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This is the Quickest Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos recipe ever! Juicy and fall-apart tender chicken seasoned with Mexican chili powder, paprika and cumin, soaked in sweet and tangy salsa and folded in a fire grilled corn tortilla.  Now that’s a party in your mouth! 

Another Instant pot pressure cooking wonder where dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Pulled Chicken Fajita shredded and served on a toasted corn tortilla
Pulled Chicken Fajita

I love Tacos!

I have to admit that I’m addicted to Tacos! Give it to me in any form, warm, cold, deep-fried, char-grilled, with any kind of meat, any kind of toppings and I’ll be happy.

But this recipe is ever so simple that if dinner got any easier, I’d have to call it take-out.  These Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos can be easily transformed into Pulled Chicken Fajita Sliders for game day parties as well.

Also try this simple 3-Ingredient Salsa Chicken Tacos

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Easy Peasy Tacolicious Recipe

The process to put it together is super easy.  In this video, I’ve made this recipe in my Instant Pot.

Sauté aromatics and simply throw in your favorite jar of salsa, few spices and chicken.  And then, dump and start.  The addition of sautéed peppers and onions is what elevates this dish and gives it a Fajita like delicious taste.

You can customize it to your liking and very easily switch chicken for pork.  Just slice it up in 1.5-2 inch pieces and increase the timer to 15 minutes. I love it when weeknight dinners come together in a jiffy, but taste like they’ve been cooking low and slow for a long time!

Best part is, it tastes delicious without any condiments too, but go for your favorite toppings to take it over the top!

This is the QUICKEST Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos recipe ever! Juicy and fall-apart tender chicken seasoned with Mexican chili powder, smoked paprika and earthy cumin, soaked in sweet and tangy salsa, folded in a fire grilled corn tortilla, now that's a recipe for a party in your mouth! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

How to Prevent a ‘Burn’ Message

To prevent the salsa from scorching the bottom of your pan, it is important to have thin liquid in the pot.  The chicken will release its juices, so you just need enough to get it going.

The salsa that I use for this recipe is pretty thin, more like a tomato sauce consistency, so I add only about 1/4 cup of water.  But if your salsa is thick and chunky, add about 1/2 cup.

Another way of making sure that the salsa doesn’t burn is to add water first, then chicken followed by salsa.  Follow this sequence and don’t stir anything. Just pressure cook it as-is.

Here’s how to put together Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos in the Instant Pot

Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Saute peppers and onions
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Remove them, keep aside for later
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Add water in Instant Pot
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Add seasoned chicken
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Mix salsa and remaining seasoning
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Pour over chicken
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Pressure cook for 8 mins
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

QR after 10 minutes of NPR
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Remove chicken
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Shred chicken
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Add shredded chicken to pot
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Add peppers and onions to the pot
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Stir well
Pulled Chicken Fajita tacos Instant Pot

Ready for tacos or sliders!
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Can be had as-is with tacos
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or, with your favorite toppings!

Low Carb Chicken Fajitas Recipe

Nearly all the carbs in this dish are in the tortillas.  So, to make this dish low carb and even keto, pair it with a side salad made with chopped cucumbers, red onions, avocados and cherry tomatoes.  Dress the salad up with fresh lime juice, a dash of paprika, salt & pepper and enjoy a delicious low-carb dinner!

Stovetop Recipe for Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos

You can make this tasty goodness on the stove-top too. Here’s how:

  1. Prep: Slice onion and bell pepper into thin slices. Heat a sauce pan on medium high heat.  Wait 30 seconds and add oil.
  2. Sliced onions and bell peppers go in the pan now, sauté for 30 seconds. Add red wine vinegar and sauté another 30 seconds. Add half of the salt & pepper, so 1/4 teaspoon each and stir well. Remove in a bowl and keep aside.
  3. Add salsa, water and spices in the sauce pan and stir well. Add chicken breast and coat well with the sauce. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat or till chicken is tender and pulling apart easily with two forks. Stir every 5 minutes to ensure that the chicken or sauce doesn’t stick and burn at the bottom.
  4. Remove the lid. Remove chicken in a platter. Using two forks shred the chicken. Meanwhile, add cocoa powder in the sauce and stir well.
  5. Add shredded chicken, onions and peppers in the sauce and stir well. Serve with warm tortillas of your choice and top with your favorite topping like cheese, sour cream, salsa and jalapeños.

Check out my Top Mexican Recipes, including chilis, bean burgers, and tacos.

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Instant Pot Pulled Chicken Fajita shredded and served on a toasted corn tortilla

Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos in Instant Pot

This is the Quickest Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos recipe ever! Juicy and fall-apart tender chicken seasoned with Mexican chili powder, paprika and cumin, soaked in sweet and tangy salsa and folded in a fire grilled corn tortilla.  Now that’s a party in your mouth!  
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
NPR: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 230kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced (optional)
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 12 oz. salsa : I used Trader Joe’s Salsa Authentica
  • 1/4 cup water : increase this to 1/2 cup if the salsa is very thick and chunky
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin : optional
  • 1 teaspoon Unsweetened Cocoa : optional but highly recommended
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas : substitute with a salad for low carb / keto option

Instructions

  • Prep: Slice onion and bell pepper into thin slices. Turn Instant Pot on Sauté. Wait 30 seconds and add oil.
  • Add sliced onions and bell peppers and sauté for 30 seconds. Then, add red wine vinegar and sauté another 30 seconds. Add half of the salt & pepper, so 1/4 teaspoon each and stir well. Remove in a bowl and keep aside. This way they maintain their crunch. You can choose to leave them in there too. Turn Off the Instant Pot.
  • Mix together salsa and spices in a cup.  Add water to the instant pot and then the chicken breasts.  Pour the salsa mix over it to coat well with the sauce. Putting the chicken first reduces the chances of the sauce sticking at the bottom. Close lid. Set valve to Sealing position. Cook on Manual (high)/Pressure Cook for 8 minutes. If your chicken breast is too thick, increase the time to 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid after naturally releasing pressure for 10 minutes (NPR 10). Remove chicken in a platter. Using two forks shred the chicken. Meanwhile, add cocoa powder in the sauce and stir well.
  • Add shredded chicken, onions and peppers in the sauce and stir well. Serve with warm tortillas of your choice and top with your favorite topping like cheese, sour cream, salsa and jalapeños.

Stovetop recipe

  • Prep: Slice onion and bell pepper into thin slices. Heat a sauce pan on medium high heat.  Wait 30 seconds and add oil.
  • Sliced onions and bell peppers go in the pan now, sauté for 30 seconds. Add red wine vinegar and sauté another 30 seconds. Add half of the salt & pepper, so 1/4 teaspoon each and stir well. Remove in a bowl and keep aside.
  • Add salsa, water and spices in the sauce pan and stir well. Add chicken breast and coat well with the sauce. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat or till chicken is tender and pulling apart easily with two forks. Stir every 5 minutes to ensure that the chicken or sauce doesn’t stick and burn at the bottom.
  • Remove the lid. Remove chicken in a platter. Using two forks shred the chicken. Meanwhile, add cocoa powder in the sauce and stir well.
  • Add shredded chicken, onions and peppers in the sauce and stir well. Serve with warm tortillas of your choice and top with your favorite topping like cheese, sour cream, salsa and jalapeños.

Stovetop Pressure cooker (Hawkins or Prestige brand) recipe

  • Follow step 1 and 2. For step 3: Cook on medium-high heat till 1st whistle. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 4-5 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes. Follow remaining instructions for assembling tacos.

Video

Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 623mg | Potassium: 684mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 20.2% | Vitamin C: 18.4% | Calcium: 5.3% | Iron: 8.6%
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Chicken Fajita Tacos, Instant Pot Pulled Chicken, Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos
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