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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas (+ stovetop directions)

Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas with peppers and onions is a super quick, easy meal that the whole family loves. No worries if you don't have a pressure cooker - stovetop instructions are included. 238 calories and 0 Weight Watchers SP
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Pressure15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entrees
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: fajitas, Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 237.9kcal


  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 13/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 2 large red bell peppers cut into strips
  • 1 large orange or yellow bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1/2 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • *For serving: Corn or small flour tortillas, queso fresco or grated Pepper Jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, minced cilantro and salsa


  • In a small bowl, stir together cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt.
  • Place the chicken strips in one bowl and the bell pepper and onion slices in another bowl. Sprinkle two-thirds of the spice mixture over the chicken and toss to coat. Sprinkle the remaining spice mixture over the peppers and onions, and toss to coat. (If cooking on the stovetop, divide the onions and peppers.)

In the Instant Pot:

  • Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Arrange the chicken in the pot.
  • Close the lid and the steam vent of the Instant Pot. Set to Manual mode on High pressure for 4 minutes. The Instant Pot will take 8 to 9 minutes to come to pressure.
  • Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then manual release the rest.
  • Arrange the peppers and onions on top of the chicken and quickly close the lid of the Instant Pot again. The more heat that you keep in, the less time it will take to come to pressure again.
  • Close the lid and the steam vent. Set to Manual mode on High pressure for 1 minute. Quick release the pressure.
  • Arrange the chicken and vegetables on a platter. Drizzle some of the liquid from the Instant Pot over the chicken. Discard the remaining liquid.

On the stovetop:

  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil** in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is just cooked through, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl or plate.
  • Serve with tortillas, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro and salsa.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in the skillet. Add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are tender (but not overcooked) and the onions are starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

For serving:

  • Serve with tortillas, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro and salsa.


Weight Watchers Points: 0 (Freestyle SmartPoints)
*Extra serving ingredients not included in nutritional information.
**The olive oil used in the stovetop directions is not included in the nutritional information.


Serving: 1cup chicken + 1/2 cup vegetables | Calories: 237.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.4g | Protein: 41.8g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113.9mg | Sodium: 496.7mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 3.7g