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Instant Pot Creamy Fiesta Chicken Recipe

This Instant Pot creamy fiesta chicken has the perfect amount of kick mixed with a sweet creamy sauce
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Pressurize Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Budget friendly dinner, Easy dinner idea, Favorite family recipe, Instant pot chicken recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 481kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Can Opener
  • Slotted Spoon


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 15 ounces canned corn not drained, (1 can)
  • 15 ounces canned black beans drained, (1 can)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • optional toppings (salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, etc)


  • Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  • Add water, onion, corn, black beans, salsa, lime juice, taco seasoning, and dry ranch mix.
  • Place the lid on to of pot and move valve to SEALING (not venting).
  • Press the PRESSURE COOK (or MANUAL) button and set timer for 20 minutes (or 25 minutes if using frozen chicken breasts).
  • When cook time is finished, do a QUICK RELEASE of the pressure.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and shred using 2 forks.
  • While the chicken is out of the pot, add in cream cheese and pepper jack cheese.
  • Mix together until all the cream cheese and pepper jack cheese is melted (if you want, you can press the SAUTE button to heat it up faster) and the mixture is creamy.
  • Add the chicken back in and stir.
  • Use this chicken for tacos, burritos, nachos, salads, enchiladas, quesadillas, etc. The possibilities are endless!


  • Quite a bit of liquid will accumulate in the pot while it cooks. When I scoop the chicken mixture into a taco or any other way of serving it, I like to use a slotted spoon or tongs so that it doesn't make everything else soggy. When you remove the chicken from the Instant Pot, you can also remove some of the liquid before adding in the cream cheese. Either way works great. I have noticed that any leftovers thicken up after sitting in the fridge.
  • To turn this into a freezer meal:

    • Place chicken, onion, corn, black beans, salsa, lime juice, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Place freezer bag into freezer and it will last up to 90 days.
    • When ready to use, dump ingredients from bag into Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup of water or chicken broth in with the frozen food. Place the lid on top, move the valve to SEALING, and press the MANUAL button. Set timer for 25 minutes. Do a 5 minute NATURAL RELEASE when the timer is done. Follow the rest of the instructions as written.


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 1969mg | Potassium: 1125mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 3mg