A white bowl of diced chicken and onions with chili lime seasoning with a red cloth napkin on a gray wooden background with a bottle of Tajin seasoning.
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5 from 3 votes

The Best Quick and Easy Chili Lime Chicken in an Instant Pot

Moist, tender, and bursting with flavor. Chili Lime Chicken is savory and sweet with a little bit of heat. It is perfect for salads, burritos, tacos, pasta, and more.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Resting Time (Natural Pressure Release)5 mins
Total Time39 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instantpot, paleo, whole30
Servings: 4
Calories: 371kcal
Cost: $8




  • Clean up your chicken (trim off extra fat/gristle).
  • Completely coat both sides of each breast with Tajin seasoning and a pinch of salt.
  • Let sit in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes or use immediately.
  • Set your Instant Pot to the saute setting and let it heat for a minute or two. It will heat up very quickly.
  • Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and then lay your chicken breasts down in the Instant Pot.
  • Let sear for 2 - 3 minutes and then flip over. The idea is to sear the chicken on each side to keep in the moisture and get crispy, seasoned skin.
  • Once both sides are seared, turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Put the lid on the Instant Pot and close the vent.
  • Press the poultry button and cook for 14 minutes, increase the cooking time if you are using a lot of chicken or if your chicken is frozen.
  • When cooking is complete, let the pressure release naturally which should take 5 - 10 minutes and then open the vent. Remove the lid and remove your chicken.
  • Shred or dice the chicken and return to cooking liquid.
  • Use immediately or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator once your chicken has cooled down.


Serving: 1shredded breast | Calories: 371kcal | Protein: 41g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 435mg | Vitamin A: 164IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg