Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Tacos

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These Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Tacos are a delicious, smoky twist on traditional Taco Tuesday that your family will love! They take about 30 minutes from start to finish and the instant pot does all the work. They will no doubt become a fast favorite in your family's meal rotation!



Serve with:


  1. Add BBQ sauce, chicken broth, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder along with a couple large pinches of salt and pepper to the instant pot insert. Stir to combine.
  2. Nestle chicken breast into the sauce.
  3. Cook on high pressure on the manual setting for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes. Then use the manual release to let the remaining steam escape.
  5. Gently shred chicken with two forks. 
  6. Serve on flour tortillas along with my easy Cilantro Lime Slaw and enjoy!


No matter what cooking method you choose, you'll know the chicken is done with it shreds easily with two forks. I love the ease of the instant pot, but the slow cooker or stovetop are also great options as well.

Homemade coleslaw really MAKES this dish! The tender, juicy, shredded barbecue chicken breast pairs well with the slightly crisp, crunchy Cilantro Lime Slaw. The slaw takes just 5 minutes to throw together and it really is the best accompaniment for this barbecue chicken. If you don't have time for homemade slaw, store-bought will work just as well!

Use your favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe! And feel free to switch it up next time you make them! I enjoy a sweet, smoky BBQ sauce like Annie's Organic Smoky Maple BBQ Sauce. But my husband loves a more mustard forward North Carolina barbecue sauce like Lilies Q Carolina Gold Barbecue Sauce. This is a great time to use your old favorite or try something new!

Feel free to spice it up with chipotles in adobo, chili powder, or crushed red pepper flakes. I usually keep my shredded barbecue chicken pretty mild because then I know my daughter will eat it, but my husband loves the spice so he usually adds crushed red pepper or hot sauce. If your family likes it hot, feel free to add some heat right to the instant pot BBQ chicken when you're cooking it initially.