These chicken fajitas are full of flavor and spice, and are ready in minutes thanks to the Instant Pot.
Chicken Fajitas in the Instant Pot
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
31 mins

Walk into the warm aroma of simmering meat with bell peppers, onions and Mexican spices as you prepare to stuff your favorite tortillas or load your plates with delicious fajitas. This Tejano or Tex–Mex dish originated in northern Mexico and quickly became popular in the United States. Traditionally made with grilled meat, our version offers a hearty bite of potato to an already star-studded cast of ingredients and brings all of the flavors together in a quick Instant Pot rendition.

Servings: 4
Author: Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri & Rudy Vidaurri
  • 2 tbsp butter, ghee or avocado oil
  • lbs chicken breast thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 red onion peeled and sliced
  • 5 fresh garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • 1 small green or yellow bell pepper stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • 1 russet potato peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 small tomato seeded and diced
  • tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
Optional Toppings and Fixings
  • Grated cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa or hot sauce
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Freshly chopped cilantro
  • Warmed tortillas gluten-free corn, grain-free, etc.
  1. Add the healthy fat of your choice to the Instant Pot and press “Sauté.” When the fat has melted, add the chicken and brown for 3 minutes on each side.

  2. Remove the browned chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the broth to deglaze the Instant Pot.

  3. Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button. Add the cilantro, onion, garlic, bell peppers, jalapeños, potato, tomato, salt, cumin, chili powder, oregano, black pepper, lime juice and chicken, then stir to coat the chicken.

  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the steam-release valve is sealed. Press the “Manual” button and set for 5 minutes.

  5. When the Instant Pot is done and beeps, press “Keep Warm/Cancel.” Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Using an oven mitt, open the steam valve. If there is any steam left over, allow it to release until the silver dial drops, then carefully open the lid.

  6. Serve immediately with your favorite fajita toppings and fixings.
Recipe Notes

Recipe reprinted with permission from Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot by Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri & Rudy Vidaurri, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017