Instant Pot Taco Chicken

Steph Wagner

April 29, 2020

Instant Pot Taco Chicken


You will love this basic and easy Instant Pot Recipe for taco chicken! A high protein, bariatric surgery friendly recipe ready in minutes and super moist to keep you comfortable. Add salsa, bell peppers or other toppings! #bariatricsurgery #instantpot #bariatricinstantpot #weightlosssurgery #gastricsleeverecipes #gastricbypassrecipes


Bariatric Friendly Instant Pot Recipes – Taco Chicken


Check out my Instant Pot eBook for Bariatric Surgery! This recipe for Instant Pot Taco Chicken is one of many recipes in this ebook. Get a copy included in membership benefits or can be purchased individually. Click here for info. 

The Instant Pot came to popularity quickly, or so it felt like! I remember being hesitant to have another kitchen appliance and one that was so large and felt confusing to operate.

Now that I’ve been using my Instant Pot for a couple years, I do appreciate how quickly it can make boiled eggs and meats that keep moisture. For quick chicken breast dinners I like this taco chicken or the Instant Pot Pesto Chicken shown below (members recipe).


You will love this basic and easy Instant Pot Recipe for pesto chicken! A high protein, bariatric surgery friendly recipe ready in minutes and super moist to keep you comfortable. I love the fresh Pesto from Costco! #bariatricsurgery #instantpot #bariatricinstantpot #weightlosssurgery #gastricsleeverecipes #gastricbypassrecipes


The key is to have at least a cup of liquid in your Instant Pot. I keep chicken broth on hand at all times in the event I want to throw together a quick Instant Pot dinner. While I prefer grilled chicken, if it’s raining or snowing I can quickly change my plans to the pressure cooker.

Bariatric Patients keeping moisture in meats

Even in the Instant Pot chicken can feel really dry for post-op patients. For sure keep the liquid content high but also watch the cook times and the natural release time.

It can be easy to forget to go back to the post after the 10 minutes of naturally releasing because it does not beep, the time just keeps logging. You may need to set a timer on your watch, phone or microwave for ten minutes after the pressure cook time is finished.

Also be mindful that your bites are small, about the size of a black bean. Taking too large of bites will make the meat feel heavy hitting your stomach. Patients often describe chicken as feeling too dry when it’s more related to the size of the bite.

Read the blog keeping moisture in meats for more information!


Instant Pot Taco Chicken Bariatric Food Coach

Instant Pot Taco Chicken

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Pressure Cooker
Keyword: Instant Pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup salsa of choice


  • Pour chicken broth into bottom of pressure cooker. Season both sides of chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken to bottom of the pot and pour half of salsa over top (half cup). Close the valve to the sealed position. Select high pressure for 4 minutes if using fresh chicken, 10 minutes if using frozen chicken. *For two pounds of chicken select 5 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes. Then switch valve to open, being cautious to allow steam out if need. Open the lid and check temperature of chicken has reach 160F.
  • Remove from pot. Shred and top with remaining half cup of salsa. Add other toppings as desired.


This recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving provides an estimated 23 grams protein, 4 gram carbohydrate and 3 grams fat.

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