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chopped and shredded chicken

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken (Copycat Recipe!)

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Super tender and full of smokey, perfectly spiced flavor, this copycat recipe for Chipotle Restaurant-style chicken is made even easier by cooking it in the pressure cooker!


  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce or 1 whole chipotle + 1 tablespoon sauce for more heat
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs, fat trimmed


  1. Prep the chicken. Trim any large pieces of fat from the chicken thighs.  
  2. Make the braising liquid.  In the pressure cooker pot, combine all the ingredients and give a quick stir. Coat the chicken with the braising liquid on both sides when placing the chicken inside the pot.
  3. Cook. Close the Instant Pot with the lid and seal.  Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.  You can either manually release or natural release.
  4. Chop. Transfer the cooked chicken thighs to a cutting board.  As you slice the chicken with a knife, the meat will shred into pieces.  Serve and enjoy!


  • If substituting chicken breast, add an additional 5 minutes of cooking time for thicker cuts of breast meat (thicker than 2 inches).
  • Category: Instant Pot
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Copycat Chipotle Chicken, Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chicken, Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken,

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