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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

These Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas are an unforgettable and flavor-packed dish. Tender, juicy chicken infused with vibrant spices, sizzling peppers, and onions will leave your taste buds begging for more!

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Three chicken fajitas on a white plate.

Prepare yourself for a meal like no other with our savory chicken fajitas in the Instant Pot. These culinary wonders are guaranteed to delight your palate and leave you craving more. The chicken is infused with tantalizing spices, creating an extraordinary flavor profile. Vibrant bell peppers and caramelized onions add a delightful crunch and natural sweetness.

Instant Pot fajitas offer incredible versatility. To elevate the flavors, it’s easy to customize them with tangy salsa, creamy guacamole, or zesty lime juice. The combination of tender chicken and perfectly cooked veggies create a symphony of mouthwatering sensations.

Whether you’re hosting a gathering or treating yourself to a weeknight feast, our Instant Pot chicken fajitas are made to impress. Roll up your sleeves, grab a tortilla, and pile it as high as you’d like!

I made this recipe using my Instant Pot 6-Quart Duo Nova. It’s the perfect size for my family of four and makes releasing the steam so much easier than the standard Instant Pot.

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Ingredients needed to prepare chicken fajitas in the Instant Pot.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas 

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

Seasoned chicken strips for Chicken Fajitas

STEP ONE: Slice chicken into strips and place in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with oil, then sprinkle fajita seasoning over the top. Toss well to ensure every piece is evenly coated.

Seasoned chicken strips resting in the bottom of an Instant Pot.

STEP TWO: Transfer the seasoned chicken to the pressure cooker. Pour the salsa evenly over the chicken, then add the onions and peppers. Pour the lime juice over the entire mixture.

Adding salsa, onions and peppers to the seasoned chicken in the bottom of an Instant Pot.

STEP THREE: Seal the lid on the Instant Pot, then set the cooking mode to Manual High for 4 minutes. Once done, perform a quick pressure release.

Seasoned chicken, salsa, onions and peppers cooked in an Instant Pot.

STEP FOUR: Open the lid and give the Instant Pot fajitas a gentle stir, combining everything together.

Chicken Fajita ingredients resting inside an Instant Pot.

STEP FIVE: Serve your delicious Instant Pot chicken fajitas on tortillas with your choice of salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese, sliced avocado, sour cream, lime wedges, and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

Ingredients for chicken fajitas resting in a white bowl.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Fajitas

Variations for Chicken Fajitas in the Instant Pot

  • Add mushrooms, potatoes, or onions to Instant Pot fajitas to elevate the veggie goodness.
  • Experiment with different types of salsa to add a unique twist. Try using pineapple salsa for a tropical flair or chipotle salsa for a smoky and spicy flavor profile.
  • If you enjoy a bit of heat, sprinkle some red pepper flakes over chicken fajitas in the Instant Pot.
  • To add a creamy element, top your Instant Pot chicken fajitas with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese. 
  • Amp up the smoky flavors by adding chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to your fajita mix. 
Three chicken fajitas with toppings resting on a white plate.

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Can I Use Frozen Chicken For Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas?

Yes, you can use frozen chicken for this recipe. Adjust the cooking time to 12 minutes with a 5 minutes natural pressure release.

Instead of slicing ahead of time, add the boneless breasts to the IP whole. You’ll also want to use a frozen fajita veggies mix — fresh veggies will be too soft with the extra cooking time. Once cooked, let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing or shredding.

Close up view of seasoned chicken, onions and peppers for fajitas on a white plate.

Can I Make Chicken Fajitas in a Slow Cooker Instead of the Instant Pot?

Absolutely! Simply follow a similar process of layering the ingredients, then cook on High for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.

It’s up to you whether you want to slice the meat ahead of time or after it has been cooked. Since the crockpot makes chicken extra tender, you can also shred if you prefer.

Do I Need to Marinate Chicken for IP Fajitas?

Marinating the chicken is not necessary when using an Instant Pot.

The high-pressure cooking method infuses the chicken with flavor in minutes, even better than if you marinated for hours!

Closeup view of chicken fajitas on a white plate ready to be enjoyed.

What is the Best Way to Reheat Chicken Fajitas?

First, make sure to store you Instant Pot fajitas properly! Allow any leftovers to cool, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

The easiest way to reheat Instant Pot chicken fajitas is in the air fryer. Place the fajita filling in the basket and air fry for 3-5 minutes at 350 degrees F.

You can also reheat fajita meat and veggies on the stovetop. Add the filling to a skillet with a splash of liquid, then place a lid over the pan and warm over medium-low heat. Once the water has evaporated, remove the lid and increase the heat, stirring for a few minutes.

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

Samantha Erb
These Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas are an unforgettable and flavor-packed dish. Tender, juicy chicken infused with vibrant spices, sizzling peppers, and onions will leave your taste buds begging for more!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Pressurizing Time 10 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Instant Pot
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 348 kcal


  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning or taco seasoning works too!
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 bell peppers sliced
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 lime juiced


  • Place chicken strips in a mixing bowl. Drizzle over the oil and sprinkle on seasoning, tossing to coat well.
  • Place the seasoned chicken in the bottom of the Instant Pot, then top with the salsa. In a second layer, add the onions and peppers. Pour in the lime juice. Do not stir.
  • Secure and seal the lid. Cook on Manual High for 4 minutes, performing a quick release of pressure at the end of the cook time. Open the lid and stir the contents of the pot together.
  • Serve with your favorite fajita toppings


Serving: 1gCalories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 55gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 794mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5g
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