Instant Pot Pulled Chicken

Are you looking for an easy way to prepare pulled chicken? Pulled chicken can be used in casseroles, for tacos, enchiladas, and just about anywhere you like to use lean chicken breast.

Two Pulled Chicken Tacos on a plate

I love to make a pot of pulled chicken because I can use it in so many different ways. I love to use it in tacos. You can put together a quick dinner, we often need a quick dinner. I love to make the chicken in the Instant Pot.

If you don’t know what an Instant Pot is, it is a multifunctional appliance. It serves as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, it can saute, it makes rice, it steams, and it does much more. I like to use this over a slow cooker simply because it cooks many different dishes in a jiffy. Read more in: Should You Get an Instant Pot

Pulled chicken tacos on a plate

To make this recipe, you will simply saute an onion and some garlic in vegetable oil. You can then cook the chicken breast in your favorite salsa. The cooking of the chicken in the salsa adds so much flavor to the chicken.

When chicken is prepared this way, it is lean and flavorful. So this is a great source of low-fat protein. It’s low carb and keto-friendly too.

If you want to make this in a slow cooker, you will need to saute the onion and garlic in a skillet, and then place all of the ingredients in your slow cooker, and cook for 4 to 6 hours on low.

Two Instant Pot pulled chicken tacos

If you would like to try other Instant Pot recipes, I recommend these to try.

Instant Pot Irish Stew
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Stew
Instant Pot Italian Sausage and Pasta

Two Pulled Chicken Tacos on a plate

Instant Pot Pulled Chicken

Pulled chicken has so many uses. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Recipes
Servings: 10
Calories: 321kcal


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 teaspoons garlic chopped
  • 5 pounds chicken breast
  • 3 cups salsa


  • Use the saute function of the Instant Pot, when the oil is hot add onions, saute until almost translucent, then add the garlic. Add chicken breast and salsa. Cook on high on the manual setting for 20 minutes. Perform a quick release on the Instant Pot. Remove chicken and shred. 
  • Some people love to shred chicken in the stand mixers, by using the mixer blades on low speed. 

Slow cooker cooking times

  • If you want to use a slow cooker you will need to saute the onions and garlic in a large skillet, then transfer the sauteed garlic and onions to the slow cooker. Add the chicken and salsa to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.



Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 751mg | Potassium: 1002mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Vicki Spiers

    You were going to show us how to do the quick release for your instant pot but never did. Thinking about getting one of them and was curious about how you do the quick release. Thanks.

    • Stephanie

      I am really sorry I missed that I didn’t show you how to do a quick release. If you will allow me, I will tell you how to do it. When the Instant Pot beeps you turn the pressure release valve to the side, and it will release. My apologies for not showing this on the video.

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