How to Make Chicken Chili in the Instant Pot

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Love the cozy, comforting feeling you get when you dig into a bowl of chili? Give this easy chicken chili recipe a shot! 

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Got some boneless chicken breasts that can be put to use? Give this super easy chicken chili recipe a shot! It is super easy and takes just a few minutes of prep time and then some extra time in your instant pot. It might just become your family’s next favorite meal. 

Read on to discover how to make it, and have some of your pressing questions answered too! 

Can I Use Another Meat?

While chili is traditionally made using ground beef or beef chuck, there are tons of other variations to it that have come up over the last few decades. This has helped people with dietary restrictions enjoy this delicious comfort food easily! 

Our recipe for instance, uses chicken. You can also consider using turkey meat if you have that. If you’re a vegetarian, you might also find some good vegetarian chili recipes out there that you could try experimenting with. 

What Other Toppings Can I Use?

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Based on your personal preference, there are tons of different toppings you could add to your chili.

If you’re looking for a boost of flavor, adding in spices like cumin, cayenne peppers and smoky paprika could be a good idea. For a subtle flavor boost, you can also try adding some anchovies into the mix. 

If you’re a spice lover, anaheim peppers and chipotle peppers could be good additions. For a bit of edginess, you can also add in some vinegar. And of course, some fresh herbs like parsley and cilantro can always work wonders. 

How Do I Thicken my Chicken Chili in the Instant Pot?

When making soups and stews in your instant pot, things can get a tad bit tricky at times, and the mixture might become a bit runny. If that’s the issue you’re facing, and you’re wondering how you can thicken the chili in your instant pot, here’s a bit of help. 

After your chili’s all done, remove the lid, set the instant pot to saute, and simply allow it to simmer for 20 minutes or so. 

If you’re running out of time and don’t want to spend 20 minutes getting the chili to thicken, you can also consider adding a simple cornstarch slurry into the mix and cooking it for a few minutes until the mixture thickens. 

Serving Ideas & Suggestions

Whipping up this chili for some guests coming over? Need some serving suggestions? Here are some good accompaniments you can team the chili up with! 

  • Skillet nachos
  • A simple corn salad
  • Chicken or vegetable quesadillas 
  • Baked cheesy sweet potatoes
  • Guacamole 
  • Cornbread 
  • Simple Spanish rice
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Stuffed bell peppers

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Yield: 6

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Chili

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Chili

Love the cozy, comforting feeling you get when you dig into a bowl of chili? Give this easy chicken chili recipe a shot and we promise you'll love it!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes


  1. Add chicken stock to your Instant Pot.
  2. Next add in your chicken breasts and sprinkle them with the taco seasoning.
  3. Add in the peppers and onions, the corn and black beans and green chiles.
  4. Next pour in the tomatoes with green chiles.
  5. Pour the tomato sauce over everything.
  6. Pressure cook on high for 9 minutes.
  7. Let it natural release.
  8. Remove the chicken and shred it.
  9. Add the chicken back to the pot and stir everything together.
  10. Serve with your favorite toppings.



  • Can my dog have Chicken Fajita Chili? Due to the ingredients included in this recipe, it is not recommended that you share it with your dog. This is because onion is toxic to your dog's body. Also, his stomach is too sensitive to take hot flavors like green chiles and pepper.
  • Can my cat have Chicken Fajita Chili? This recipe is not ideal for your cat, because, as with dogs, they have a very sensitive digestive system, which can be compromised by consuming ingredients like onion, or strong flavors like hot sauce and green chili peppers.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 238Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 65mgSodium 554mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 5gSugar 6gProtein 29g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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