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Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

10 Minutes of prep time is all you need for this easy Instant Pot Chicken Tinga! Flavorful shredded chicken that tastes delicious in a taco, wrap, or over a bed of rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Diet GlutenFreeDiet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 221 kcal
Author Amy Rains


For the Chicken Tinga:

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce*
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce*
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 lbs chicken breast or thighs

For serving:

  • 3 cups cauliflower rice**
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large avocado sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro


  1. Select the saute function on the Instant Pot. Once hot, coat the bottom of the pot with oil. Toss in onion and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, or until fragrant. Select cancel. Transfer the onion and garlic mixture to a high powered blender or food processor. Clean the bottom of the pot (this will help to prevent a burn message when you bring the chicken to pressure).

  2. Now add the diced tomatoes, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, ground cumin, salt, and chicken broth to the onion/garlic in the blender. Pulse until smooth. 

  3. Pour the sauce into the Instant Pot. Add the chicken, and secure the lid. Select manual (or high pressure) and cook on high pressure for 9 minutes. Use a quick release.

  4. Once steam has been completely removed, remove the lid and take out the chicken. Dice or shred using a fork and knife. Return the chicken back to the pot. At this point you can select cancel, and let the sauce cool and thicken. Or serve immediately.

  5. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice, or tortillas. Top with tomatoes, avocado, onion, or fresh cilantro.

Recipe Notes

*If following a Whole30 or strict Paleo diet, you can use 2 tsp chipotle spice powder in place of the chipotle peppers and adobo sauce.

**You can quickly saute the cauliflower rice to cook, or buy frozen rice and heat in the microwave. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Tinga
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 488mg21%
Potassium 789mg23%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 440IU9%
Vitamin C 37.5mg45%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.