Instant Pot King Ranch Chicken

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


This cheesy and creamy chicken casserole with tortillas and Rotel has its roots in Texas but that doesn’t mean us non-Texans can’t enjoy it too! Whip up my version in just a few minutes using your Instant Pot and NO cream of soups!



  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (10 oz) can rotel (I used mild)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 cup half and half 
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 11 (6 inch) soft corn tortillas, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups grated medium or sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Sour cream, for topping
  • Sliced avocados, for topping


  1. Add broth, onions and chicken into the Instant Pot. Dump the rotel on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano and salt over the chicken.
  2. Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 12 minutes for small chicken breasts, 15 minutes for large chicken breasts (if frozen add 3 minutes to each of the times). When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  3. Place chicken on a cutting board. Shred or dice into pieces. Add the chicken back into the Instant Pot. Add the bell pepper into the Instant Pot.
  4. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. In a bowl stir together the half and half and the cornstarch together until smooth. Stir the mixture into the Instant Pot. It should thicken up shortly. 
  5. Add in the tortillas and the cheese. Stir. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Scoop onto serving dishes and top with cilantro and a dollop of sour cream and avocados.


I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.

  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American