Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe with a Smoky Sauce is a family favorite. We love making Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot /Pressure Cooker, which makes an easy quick dinner.

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Making Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos is super simple, in fact I tend to make shredded chicken often and freeze it to help with busy nights. It’s an easy meal prep option and perfect for this Smoky Chicken Taco Recipe.

This recipe is inspired from my son who used to work at a fast food Mexican restaurant. It quickly became a favorite of my Picky Eater and so we adapted the recipe to fit what we love. And now, it’s a family favorite!

Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

I love all the textures and flavors. Shocking that my picky eater loves it too. But he does! Honestly the secret is in the sauce, the Smoky Sauce which really adds to this recipe. I also love the crunch of the tortilla chips. Crazy I know, but it’s so good.

Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

Ingredients for Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

  • 3 Cups Shredded Chicken about 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1 Cup Shredded Lettuce
  • 2 Cups Spanish Rice Packet – Cooked According to package directions
  • Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Cup Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1 1/2 Tbs Liquid Smoke
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa or Pico
  • Large Flour Tortillas

How to make Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

Shredded Chicken Tacos Step by Step
  • Make Shredded Chicken in your Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker using the directions
  • Cook 1 box / packet Spanish Rice and follow box directions
  • Mix 1 cup of Thousand Island Dressing with 1 1/2 Tbs Liquid Smoke and set aside
  • On a large flour tortilla place 1/3+ cup of shredded chicken
  • Drizzle 2 Tablespoons of Thousand Island Liquid Smoke Dressing over chicken
  • Add a couple of spoonfuls of Spanish Rice
  • Top with Shredded Lettuce
  • Add Cheese and Sour Cream
  • Top with Salsa or Pico
  • Add 3-4 Tortilla Chips roughly broken
  • Wrap burrito style taking the bottom and folding over mixture
  • Fold in sides and continue to roll until wrapped
  • Slice in half and enjoy!

How to make Shredded Chicken Taco Meat?

I like to make Shredded Chicken often and freeze for later when life gets busy. It’s a lifesaver for sure. Here is a quick and easy way to make Shredded Chicken in your Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker.

Shredded Chicken Taco Meat

Can you Freeze Shredded Chicken Taco Meat?

YES! I make shredded chicken often and freeze in 2-3 cups. Then when life is busy I can pull out a package and make it up into Sweet Salsa Chicken or Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe. It’s a LIFESAVER!

Is it a Soft Taco or Burrito?

Great Question and honestly I’ve asked this myself over and over. Rest assured that each time my son tells me it is in fact a Shredded Chicken Soft Taco Recipe. It’s jammed packed with rice, shredded chicken, cheese, sour cream, salsa, smoky sauce and of course tortilla chips. Which are my FAVORITE in this recipe. Love the crunch with all the textures and flavors.

How to make Smoky Sauce for Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

Smoky Chicken Sauce

Making the Smoky Sauce is really easy, it’s 2 simple ingredients. Mix Thousand Island Dressing with Liquid Smoke and stir. The combination might seem different, but your tastebuds will love it. Trust me on this one. I made a face the first time my son told me to make it. But I really really love it and always go back for more!

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

Taco Tuesday

I love a good Taco Tuesday and Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe is among a favorite because of the Smoky Sauce added. But I’ve got other great Taco Tuesday Recipes for you too! Check them out!

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Smoky Chicken Soft Taco
Yield: 8 Tacos

Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe with a Smoky Sauce is a family favorite. We love making Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot /Pressure Cooker, which makes an easy quick dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken 
  • 1 Cup Lettuce
  • 1 Cup Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1 1/2 TBS Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Salsa
  • 8 Extra Large Flour Tortillas
  • 25 - 30 Corn Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Package 2 Cup Spanish Rice

Instructions

    1. Make Shredded Chicken in your Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker using the directions:

    Place 1 Cup water or Chicken Broth in Bottom of Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Place 2-3 Chicken Breasts in Instant Pot on Trivet. Sprinkle Salt and Pepper over Chicken Breasts. Sprinkle 2 tsp crushed garlic on chicken. Close Instant Pot Lid and check to make sure pressure valve is closed. Set on Manual (Presser Cook) High for 18 minutes. Allow a 20 minute Natural Release. Remove Chicken Breasts and one at a time shred chicken with forks.

    1. Cook 1 box / packet Spanish Rice and follow box directions
    2. Mix 1 cup of Thousand Island Dressing with 1 1/2 Tbs Liquid Smoke and set aside
    3. On a large flour tortilla place 1/3+ cup of shredded chicken
    4. Drizzle 2 Tablespoons of Thousand Island Liquid Smoke Dressing over chicken
    5. Add a couple of spoonfuls of Spanish Rice
    6. Top with Shredded Lettuce
    7. Add Cheese and Sour Cream
    8. Top with Salsa or Pico
    9. Add 3-4 Tortilla Chips roughly broken
    10. Wrap burrito style taking the bottom and folding over mixture
    11. Fold in sides and continue to roll until wrapped
    12. Slice in half and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 587 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 78mg Sodium: 978mg Carbohydrates: 51g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 22g
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