If you don’t own an Instant Pot yet (*affiliate link), I highly recommend getting your hands on one. This small kitchen appliance puts a whole new meaning on “fast food” (that has nothing to do with a drive-thru!). This simple recipe for instant pot chicken fajitas shows how easy it is to use the instant pot and how incredibly quickly you can get a wonderful, healthy dinner on the table.
Fajitas (pronounced fa-hee-tas) are traditionally a tex-mix dish of grilled meat served with veggies and flour or corn tortillas (or taco shells for fajita tacos). For this chicken fajitas recipe you skip the grilling and put everything – chicken breast, veggies, and sauce – in the instant pot for a delicious combination that is ready in a flash.
Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas Ingredients
For my recipe I kept it really simple. The ingredients are common, healthy, and most of them you likely already have in your fridge and pantry. All you need to make this tasty dish is:
- Chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
- Red bell pepper
- Green bell pepper
- White onion
- Homemade fajita sauce (or if you are really short on time, a store-bought fajita seasoning mix)
Make Fajita Tacos with Optional Garnishes:
- Salsa (homemade salsa is my fave!)
- Corn (or flour) fajita or taco shells
Easy Homemade Chicken Fajita Sauce
The homemade sauce for this recipe is super simple, incredibly flavourful and brings in the liquid needed to cook the chicken and veggies in the instant pot without them burning. Cooking in the instant pot requires steam so there is always a need for water or liquid in certain amounts for proper cooking.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the sauce:
- Lime juice
- Gluten free soy sauce (or tamari sauce)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Coconut palm sugar (or honey)
- Cumin, ground
- Coriander, ground
- Chipotle powder
- Chili powder
- Thyme, dried
Common Instant Pot Questions Answered
To avoid ending up with dry chicken in the instant pot you want to make sure you use enough liquid that creates the necessary steam inside the instant pot. For this recipe I used a quantity of about 1/3 cup of sauce. Often 1/4 cup of water is sufficient.
You also want to make sure you don’t cook the chicken for too long, especially if you are on the pressure cook setting. For sliced chicken breast like in this recipe, 5 minutes is often enough cooking time, and for full breasts, 10 minutes is sufficient.
This simple and delicious is great for supper, lunch leftovers, and meal prepping! Be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later. Have you tried instant pot chicken fajitas or fajita tacos? Tell me about it in the comments!
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