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Mexican Poblano Instant Pot Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings
This is it!! my favorite shredded chicken recipe to make in the instant pot! Our Mexican Poblano Instant Pot Chicken is so simple but it is so flavorful!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 Chicken Breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 1/2-2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Cups red onions peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 Poblanos seeded, thinly sliced (Pasilla Peppers or Poblanos in the store)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 1/2 Cups Orange Juice
  • 12 soft corn tortillas 6-inches
  • Toppings for tacos


  • In an instant pot (or large dutch oven to go even faster) drizzle in a little oil and heat to saute or medium high heat on the burner.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of the chicken and place top down in the pan, depending on how many will fit. Allow the chicken to brown and turn over. Cook until just golden again and remove to a plate.
  • Repeat with all remaining chicken.
  • Turn the heat to medium and add 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Add the peppers and onions and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until tender.
  • Sprinkle in the cumin and garlic, and cook for another minute.
  • Add the chicken back in as well as the chicken stock and juice.
  • Allow to come to a simmer on the saute mode and then turn off the saute and turn on the pressure cooking button, setting the timer for 35 minutes. If you're using a dutch oven, bring to a simmer and then pour the liquid and place the chicken into the instant pot.
  • Once the cooking is done, allow to rest for 5 minutes and then do a quick release and shred the chicken on a cutting board. Place the meat back in the instant pot and toss with the peppers and juices.
  • Serve with tortillas, salsa, etc
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Poblano Instant Pot Chicken
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 446 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 2400mg104%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 39g78%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.