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Looking for an Instant Pot Chicken tacos recipe? You need to try Hawaiian Instant Pot Chicken Tacos. These tacos are so good and give a great flavor and twist to a traditional chicken taco. One bite and you will taste the difference.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Why is it Taco Tuesday? Why can’t it be tacos every day? If you love tacos like I do, you probably think the same thing. I mean there are so many different ways to make tacos. There is ground beef, pulled pork, chicken tacos and even each of those can be made in a unique way. Tacos are just an all-around amazing food. But have you ever had Hawaiian Instant Pot Chicken Tacos?

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What is a Hawaiian Chicken Taco

Hawaiian chicken is chicken that features soy sauce and pineapple. These flavors are traditional in Hawaiian flavors. When the flavors combine it great a sweet and sour and salty flavor and it tastes so good. While normally this kind of Hawaiian Chicken would be served over rice, in this case, it is being turned into a pull chicken taco. With all these things combined, this becomes a delicious Hawaiian Instant Pot Chicken Taco. With the twist of citrus added to these chicken tacos, it creates a light dinner that doesn’t feel hot and heavy even on the hottest of days.

What Tortilla Should I Use with Healthy Chicken Tacos?

These healthy chicken tacos can be eaten without guilt. They are lower in fat and calories thanks to the chicken and all of the ingredients are good for you. You might be wondering what tortilla should I use with healthy chicken tacos. Deciding what tortilla is best depends if you are only counting calories or calories and fat. If choosing by calories, corn tortillas are lower in calories, however, Whole Wheat tortillas are lower in fat and higher in protein.

Do I Have to Add Pineapple to Hawaiian Chicken?

One of the key ingredients in Hawaiian Chicken is pineapple. The pineapple helps to create the sweet and sour profile that is most associated with Hawaiian flavors. While pineapple is key to creating that flavor profile, you can always eliminate it. You can choose to add pineapple juice, another citrus flavor or eliminate it altogether. The flavor will be different from the chicken tacos with pineapple, but the tacos will still taste fantastic.

What to Serve with Pulled Chicken Tacos

Whenever I make tacos I like to top them with salsa, tomatoes, and lettuce, or for these pulled chicken tacos, I like to top them with coleslaw. When I am thinking about side dishes for chicken tacos I like to serve:

What is a good dinner without a good dessert? While there are many desserts that would go great with Instant Pot Chicken Tacos, these are some of my favorites:

How to Store Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Once the chicken tacos are ready, you might find that you made too many. You can store the leftovers in the refrigerator or the freezer. If storing the tacos in the refrigerator, be sure to store it in an airtight container or wrapped well with plastic. The Hawaiian Chicken will stay fresh for about 3 days. If you have made too much chicken than what can be eaten in a few days, or you have made this recipe to use as a freezer meal, simply store the pulled chicken taco in a freezer bag. This is the easiest way to freeze the chicken. When using the freezer bags, you can freeze the chicken in individual servings or in a larger bag as a second dinner.

How to Reheat Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

There are 2 ways to reheat your leftover chicken tacos. You can use the microwave, Since you only need to heat them through, it will only take a few minutes, depending on your microwave and the amount you are reheating. The better option is to reheat the Hawaiian Chicken in a saucepan or pot on the stovetop. This gives you better control of the reheating process and you can prevent the chicken from being overheated causing it to become dried out. Instant Pot Chicken tacos

Ingredients in Hawaiian Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

For the chicken

  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Jalapeno
  • Pineapple
  • Garlic
  • Red onion
  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Mustard
  • Sriracha
  • Water

For the sauce:

  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Mayo
  • Jalapeno
  • White vinegar
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • Dill
  • Chives
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Begin by measuring all of your ingredients and setting them up so they are easy to access as you cook.

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Next, you will place the chicken ingredients into the Instant Pot, and set to cook as directed.

Once the chicken has cooked, you will place on a baking sheet and add to the oven to brown.

Instant pot chicken tacos ready inside instant pot liner

As the chicken is browning in the oven, you can add your sauce ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth

Making seasonings in food processor for Instant pot chicken tacos

Build your tacos on tortillas with a bit of shredded cabbage, your sauce, and any other toppings you prefer.


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Hawaiian Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Looking for an Instant Pot Chicken tacos recipe? You need to try Hawaiian Instant Pot Chicken Tacos. These tacos are so good and give a great flavor and twist to a traditional chicken taco. One bite and you will taste the difference.
Overhead picture of prepared Instant pot chicken tacos on a silver platter
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For the chicken:

  • 1 ¼ lbs. Boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Jalapeno minced finely
  • 2 C. Fresh chopped pineapple
  • 3 Cloves minced garlic
  • ½ Red onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha
  • ¼ C. Water

For the sauce:

  • ¼ C. Olive oil
  • ¼ C. Water
  • ½ C. Mayo
  • 1 Jalapeno finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. White vinegar
  • ¼ C. Freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 Clove minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. Dried dill
  • ¼ C. Chives finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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  • Preheat the oven to the “broil” setting.
  • Add all of the ingredients for the chicken to the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid on the pot, and make sure the release valve is set to sealing. Set the Instant Pot to manual on high for 10 minutes.
  • When the cook time has finished, do a quick release by carefully switching the release valve to the venting position. Carefully shred the chicken.
  • Transfer the chicken mixture to an aluminum covered baking sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes until browned a bit.
  • Mix all of the ingredients for the sauce in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and creamy.
  • Toss the sauce with a bit of shredded cabbage.
  • Top tortillas with the chicken mixture, the tossed shredded cabbage and some additional sauce, as well as any other toppings you might prefer.


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