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Pressure Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls

Pressure cooker chicken taco bowls are the best 15 minute dinners! A one pot meal with corn, black beans, rice and tender chicken all in a bowl. Made in your Instant Pot, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi you’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make.

Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

I’m all about easy one pot meals. That is why I love these pressure cooker chicken taco bowls! Just one of many favorite Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom we offer. This one is quite healthy too! (originally published 5/19, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Chicken Taco Bowls

You see my daughter works at Chipotle and we LOVE eating there. This is sort of a copycat chicken bowl they offer there. Now I can make it at home anytime I want! You can make this in your Ninja Foodi or crockpot express pot too.

The meat gets fork tender and shreds easily after almost no time at all. Time saver when you want to make a homemade meal but are tired (aren’t we all).

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Chicken Taco Recipe

  • Of course you can make this in your Mealthy too. Now that we have the Crockpot Express and Foodi. We’re kinda’ obsessed with the latter one because we can melt an additional layer of cheese on top too!

It’s one of many Ninja Foodi chicken recipes we’ve made time and time again because it’s always a hit.

Healthy and personalized once you serve it too. Tortilla chips are a must for my kiddos. But first it starts with chicken right? Breasts or thighs, you choose.

A few things I love about these taco bowls are that you can customize each one.

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Healthy Chicken Taco Bowl Recipe

Here are a few questions you might have before you get started:

What are taco bowls made of?

That’s the beauty of it all, it is up to you! Add chicken or ground beef if you like or make vegetarian tacos with just beans and rice.

How do you eat a taco bowl?

Um, that is up to you once you load it up with lots of toppings! Scoop it into a bowl and add guacamole, sour cream, olives, all the things on top and dig in.

Meaning everyone likes different things on their tacos right?? So while I’m loading up the avocado and sour cream, my daughter can load up on cheese and leave off everything else. 

Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowl

Instant Pot chicken taco bowls

Just ensure that they are boneless and skinless breasts or thighs. Also break them apart from one another before putting them into your pot so they cook evenly.

Keep in mind that if you use frozen there will be more liquid in the pot at the end. I wouldn’t adjust timing though.

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Copycat Chipotle chicken burrito bowl

Here are the basic steps to follow and things to remember:

Time needed: 12 minutes.

Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

  1. Saute

    Put olive oil in pot and turn pressure cooker to saute function. Place chicken breasts into pot and allow to cook each side for about 2 min. per side so the outsides are no longer pink.

    Turn pot off. Move chicken to the side and pour in a bit of your broth so you can deglaze your pot. (meaning scrape bits of stuck on chicken off the bottom of your pot)

  2. Add ingredients

    Sprinkle taco seasoning on top of breasts. Pour chicken broth on top of that, then add salt if desired, followed by the can of corn. Spread kernels out evenly inside pot.

    Add drained can of beans on top of that, spread out evenly. Sprinkle in uncooked rice evenly inside pot. Pour jar of salsa on top of rice so all of it is covered.

  3. Cook

    Close pressure cooker lid and steam valve to sealed. Set to pressure cook, high pressure, for 12 minutes. Then do a quick release.

    Remove chicken breasts and put on a bowl to shred. Then put back into your pot with other ingredients and stir.

  1. Skip the sauteeing step if you’re using frozen chicken. Instead, use frozen chicken in the Instant Pot directions, shred and then continue to step 2.
    1. I prefer fresh.
  2. Remember to always deglaze your pot after cooking meat. This means you’re scraping the bits of cooked on meat off the bottom so it doesn’t show a false burn notice while it’s cooking.
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It is totally up to you how you do your shredded chicken. You can use forks and shred right in the pot, but I feel like I can get it into smaller pieces if I take them out.

What goes into a Chipotle Bowl?

  • It’s served with a choice of meat, I always choose chicken but some opt for beef
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Veggies – we used corn here
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole – I used diced avocado but it depends what I find on sale
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese at least 1/2 cup to top bowls before serving
  • Side of tortilla chips

That is typically what I put out on the counter to make our taco / Instant Pot chicken burrito bowls at home.

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Pressure cooker chicken taco bowls

This serves the 5 of us well. If you had more people you could easily add another breast to the mix and it would be fine. I wouldn’t adjust the cooking times for that addition or if you used 2-3 small frozen chicken breasts. 

  • I haven’t tried this with brown rice yet but it would need more time for that as white rice has a shorter cook time.

If you have pickier eaters who may not care for some of the ingredients just take out a cup of the chicken when you’re shredding it and serve it “plain” that way. My youngest used to prefer this, which is essentially just salsa chicken, with 1/4 cup of cheese on top. 

Now that I’ve made this a few times she eats it as is with lots of toppings! Just keep serving it to them with one bite required and you might be surprised one day when they actually like it.

instant pot taco bowls

Instant Pot Taco Bowl

Other add in options for pressure cooker chicken taco bowls:

Other chicken recipes you will love, and pressure cooker kids recipes to boot!

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Ninja Foodi Chicken Taco Bowls

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls

Pressure cooker chicken taco bowls are the best 15 minute dinners! A one pot meal with corn, black beans, rice and tender chicken all in a bowl.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword beans, bowl, chicken, crockpot express, healthy, instant pot, ninja foodi, rice, taco
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 373kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put olive oil in pot and turn pressure cooker to saute function. Place chicken breasts into pot and allow to cook each side for about 2 min. per side so the outsides are no longer pink. Turn pot off. Move chicken to the side and pour in a bit of your broth so you can deglaze your pot. (meaning scrape bits of stuck on chicken off the bottom of your pot)
  • Sprinkle taco seasoning on top of breasts. Pour chicken broth on top of that, then add salt if desired, followed by the can of corn. Spread kernels out evenly inside pot.
  • Add drained can of beans on top of that, spread out evenly. Sprinkle in uncooked rice evenly inside pot.
  • Pour jar of salsa on top of rice so all of it is covered.
  • Close pressure cooker lid and steam valve to sealed.
  • Set to pressure cook, high, for 12 minutes. Then do a quick release.
  • Remove chicken breasts and put on a bowl to shred. Then put back into your pot with other ingredients and stir.
  • Serve this in bowls topped with: sour cream avocado, cheese, etc!
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 1162mg51%
Potassium 432mg12%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 1155IU23%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Nik

Friday 2nd of December 2022

I have made this like ten or eleven times and my family loves it! It’s a great easy night meal thanks for the recipe.

The Typical Mom

Monday 5th of December 2022

So glad

The Typical Mom

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

oh good!!

Ginger

Sunday 21st of February 2021

I make this 2-3 times a month at my house and it’s always a big hit. It’s also great for next-day leftovers. We sometimes make tostados with it and out refried beans on the base, chicken mixture next, then sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes. Delicious!

The Typical Mom

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Yay glad it is a hit

Pat

Friday 29th of January 2021

If I used ground prime beef, what would change? I could use beef broth, couldn't I? Just not sure about the cooking timing.

The Typical Mom

Friday 29th of January 2021

I don't think anything would change really, just saute and brown at the beginning instead of chicken.

Jen

Sunday 15th of November 2020

If I’m using frozen chicken does it need to PC longer than 12 min?

John

Sunday 21st of June 2020

I made this today in the Ninja Foodi. I had 1.75 lb chicken instead of 1 lb, so I used that. I skipped the canned corn completely, and I used red beans instead of black beans. Also, I didn't bother sauteeing the chicken before, I just put it in raw, and then went ahead with pressure cooking. I used the included taco seasoning recipe, and I doubled the amounts listed in the taco seasoning webpage, which came out to about a 1/4 cup total, and that was perfect.

It came out great, loved the flavors. I would have preferred more rice and beans, but that was my own fault for using 1.75 lb chicken instead of 1 lb. If I had used 1 lb, the ratio of rice/beans to chicken would have been perfect.

My chicken breasts were huge, and they were completely 100% cooked through after 12 mins on High. I added some Cholula hot sauce to my plate, and sour cream. So good! Thanks for this recipe. It's already on my list of "things to make all the time". So easy and delicious.

I'm a rookie to pressure cooking. If I wanted to double the rice and beans, what would I need to do? Just double the chicken broth? Cook longer?

John

Sunday 21st of June 2020

Forgot to add the rating, 5+ stars!

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