Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Bowls Recipe

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Bowls Recipe – delicious chicken and fajita vegetables cooked right in an instant pot for a hearty, light meal everyone loves. Can be made keto.

chicken, sliced avocados, sliced tomatoes, rice, and a slice of lime in a bowl on a table

We love making easy fajita bowls for family dinners without the fuss – they are easy to customize, fun for kids to assemble, and easy to whip up in under 20 minutes.

These delicious chicken fajita bowls can be made keto and low carb, and are naturally gluten free.

We hope you love these fajita bowls as much as we do!

Be sure to check out our Avocado Tomatillo Salsa and Spicy Pineapple Mango Salsa recipes, as well as our Restaurant Style Instant Pot Pinto Beans to take this recipe over the top with flavor!

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chicken, sliced avocados, sliced tomatoes, rice, and a slice of lime in a bowl on a table

Easy Fajita Rub

This recipe shines thanks to its delicious, healthy flavor – thanks in part to our easy fajita rub!

It is so simple (and economical) to make your own fajita rub – we hope you love our recipe!

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder  
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

What to Serve With Chicken Fajita Bowls

Recipes like our Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, Spicy Pineapple Mango Salsa, and Easy Green Chile Sauce are delicious easy recipes that make this healthy fajita recipe shine and shouldn’t be missed!

Some of our other favorite easy dishes to pair with chicken fajita bowls:

How to Cook Rice in an Instant Pot

If you want to use your instant pot from start to finish with this dish – just like in our one pot sweet and sour chicken recipe – you’ll want to follow these steps for perfect rice in an instant pot.

We reccomend using stacking inserts to cook the rice in, for the best results.

Buy a stacking insert for your Instant Pot here.

  1. Add trivet to pan.
  2. Add rice and 2 cups water to pan insert.
  3. Add lid on top of rice.
  4. Close and seal instant pot.
  5. Set on high for 3 minutes, let naturally release for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove pan with rice from Instant Pot – but leave the lid on, and set aside as you cook the chicken following directions below.

Keto Chicken Fajita Bowls

While we photographed these chicken fajita bowls over rice, we love these with cauliflower rice, too!

For our favorite cauliflower rice recipe, click here.

Keto fajita bowl garnishes that won’t raise your carb count:

  • Cauliflower rice
  • Avocados
  • Bell Peppers (in moderation)
  • Onions (in moderation)
  • Jalapenos – fresh or pickled
  • Okra
  • Cilantro
  • Jicama
  • Cheese

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Recipe FAQ’s

When is chicken cooked?

Chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Can I use packaged fajita rub?

If you don’t want to make your own fajita herb mix, you can use 2 tbsp of store bought fajita or taco seasonings.

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Bowls Recipe

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Bowls Recipe featuring chicken, avocado, tomatoes and limes.
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Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Bowls Recipe

Delicious healthy Chicken Fajita bowls bursting with flavor right from your Instant Pot in under 20 minutes!
Course Chicken
Cuisine instant pot
Keyword chicken bowl, chicken fajita, chicken fajita bowl, fajita bowl
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 fajita bowls
Calories 250kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • For the Fajita Chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 large or 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ? cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ½ sweet onion sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 orange pepper sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • To Garnish all optional and to taste:
  • Rice
  • Caulliflower rice
  • Black or Refried Beans
  • Avocado or Guacamole
  • Tomatoes or Salsa
  • Charred Corn
  • Parsley or Cilantro
  • Sour Cream or Crema

Instructions

  • Heat the Instant Pot using the Saute-Normal function. Add the olive oil. 
  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Sprinkle the spice mix evenly over all sides of the chicken breasts. Add the chicken breasts to the pot and sear for 1-2 minutes per side. 
  • After searing both sides, add the water and lime juice. Place the sweet onion, red pepper, orange pepper, and garlic on top of the chicken. Attach the lid and ensure the valve is in the sealing position. Turn the Instant Pot to the Pressure Cook-High Pressure setting and set the timer for 10 minutes. 
  • Once the Instant Pot has finished cooking, release the pressure manually by switching the valve to the “venting” position. 
  • Remove the chicken and shred it. Transfer the chicken and peppers to a baking sheet. Broil on High for 3-5 minutes, or until the edges have started to crisp and char. Serve with your favorite garnishes. 

Notes

If you don’t want to make your own spice rub, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of your favorite taco or fajita seasoning blend. 
You can use any peppers you have on hand– I like the sweetness of orange and red pepper, but green and yellow are delicious as well. 
Broiling the chicken is optional but highly recommended. It helps create more texture and crunch– otherwise the vegetables tend to get a little soggy. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 300mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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