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How to make Instant Pot Creamy Fiesta Chicken

Instant Pot Creamy Fiesta Chicken

Instant Pot Creamy Fiesta Chicken is made quickly & easily in your pressure cooker. A handful of ingredients & less than 30 minutes is all you need.
Course dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, fiesta, tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 2 cans diced green chilies - with juices small
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese


  • Add chicken, broth or water, diced green chilies, chili powder & other seasonings to the pot.
  • Cover and set to seal.
  • Cook on manual high pressure for 13 minutes.
  • Once it beeps, allow to naturally release for 7 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Remove the chicken and shred in a large bowl.
  • Return back to the juices in the instant pot and place the block of cream cheese and cheddar cheese in with the chicken.
  • Place the lid back on but don’t turn on the Instant Pot. Just let the remaining heat make the cheese melty.
  • Give it a good stir to spread the cheese throughout and then enjoy.


*This recipe was created using the 6-quart instant pot. If you are using a different size pot or a different pressure cooker brand entirely, cooking times may be off by a couple of minutes.
**Live at High Altitude - Because water boils at a lower temperature at high altitudes, and pressure cooking requires water to boil in order to work, some foods may need a little more cooking time. When pressure cooking at high altitudes you want to make sure to add 5 percent to your cook time for every 1,000 feet above 2,000 feet elevation. For example, when we lived at 4,000+ feet I would add 10 percent to my cook time. For a recipe that called for 20-minutes of cooking time, I would then cook for 22 minutes. When pressure cooking, 1-2 minutes can make all the difference in a recipe, unlike when cooking by traditional methods.