Sweet and Smoky Pulled Chicken

Instant Pot Sweet & Smoky Pulled Chicken Tacos

Let me start by saying this is really freakin’ good chicken! I was going to name it that, in fact, but I figured I’d be a little more detailed in the name instead. So instead I went with Instant Pot Sweet & Smoky Pulled Chicken Tacos. The chicken is tender and flavorful, full of sweet and well, smokiness.

The sweet comes from none other than Wholesome Organic Honey, and the smokiness comes from smoked paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper. It comes together with salsa verde and gets accented by onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. No chopping, just mixing some spices and bottled ingredients together and adding it all to the Instant Pot with chicken thighs. It’s a set it and forget it type of meal, though you’re only forgetting it for about 12 minutes. And just like that, the bulk of your tacos is finished. Simply warm up some corn tortillas and top the chicken with your favorite taco toppings (I gave suggestions in the recipe).

Sweet and Smoky Pulled Chicken Tacos

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Sweet and Smoky Pulled Chicken
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Instant Pot Sweet & Smoky Pulled Chicken Tacos

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 cup jarred or homemade salsa verde
  • ¼ cup Wholesome Organic Honey
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ - ½ cayenne pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

For Serving:

  • Corn tortillas
  • Cilantro
  • Pickled jalapeno
  • Pickled red onion
  • Shredded cheese


  • Combine the salsa, honey, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in the Instant Pot. Stir to combine. Add the chicken thighs and set the Instant Pot to pressure, high, for 12 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
  • Using two forks, shred the chicken. Stir into the sauce well, then remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Serve with corn tortillas and the accompaniments of your choice.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Sweet & Smoky Pulled Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 761mg32%
Potassium 394mg11%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 608IU12%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Chicken Honey Instant Pot Salsa Tacos Wholesome Sweeteners
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