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soft shelled chicken tacos with cilantro, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and hot sauce sprinkled over the tacos. The taos are on a long, white platter on a barn wood board with a blue towel in the background.

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

A delicious, low calorie, low Smart Point fast and healthy recipe the entire family will love! This recipe is also Gluten Free!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 tacos
Calories 126 kcal
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 corn tortilla taco shells
  • 1 nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Mrs Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 fresh cilantro stems leaves and stems cut very fine
  • 1 fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 1/2 cups water


  1. Place chicken, all spices and seasonings, and water into the Instant Pot, lock lid into place, steam release valve into the sealing position, and cook on manual, high pressure, for 15 minutes, allowing the pressure to release naturally. 

    I used frozen chicken so if using thawed, only cook for 7 minutes.

  2. Once chicken is cooked through, removed the lid, remove the chicken, and shred between two forks. Drizzle 4 tbsp of the liquid in the Instant Pot over the chicken and add the juice of one lime and then set aside. 

  3. Spray a small skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place a corn tortilla in the skillet. Spray the side of the corn tortilla that's facing you with nonstick spray and heat on medium high heat on each side until soft and pliable. (about 30 seconds per side.)

  4. Once all of the shells are heated, place 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture on top of the shells and top with any desired condiments. Serve hot and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes 6 soft tacos and comes to 3 Smart Points per taco WITH 1 tsp of fat free sour cream and my homemade 0 Smart Point salsa used as a topping. 

Add additional points if you top with cheese or any other condiments.