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Instant Pot Queso Rotel Chicken

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5 from 5 reviews

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


An easy dump and go recipe with flavorful chicken, rotel cheese sauce and creamy mashed potatoes. You’re going to love how this dish reminds you of your favorite dip!


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts (or a combination, frozen is okay)
  • 3 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel (I used mild)
  • 1 1/2 pounds to 2 pounds of yukon gold potatoes, washed and cut into quarters for large potatoes or halves for medium to small potatoes
  • 1 cup queso dip (I used Tostitos brand)
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch + 3 Tbsp water
  • Milk, butter, salt and pepper


  1. Pour broth into Instant Pot. Add in the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with the taco seasoning. Dump the Rotel on top.
  2. If making the potatoes: Place a tall trivet* into the pot. Place the potato quarters/halves on top of the trivet.
  3. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 10 minutes for fresh chicken or 12 minutes for frozen chicken. When time is up let the pot sit for 5-10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  4. Use tongs to place potatoes into a bowl. Mash the potatoes well. Add in milk, butter and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside mashed potatoes. Move trivet out of Instant Pot.
  5. Stir queso dip into Instant Pot. Make a cornstarch slurry by stirring together the cornstarch and water. Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting. Stir in the slurry to thicken the sauce. Once thickened turn off the Instant Pot. 
  6. Serve chicken and sauce over the mashed potatoes. 


To make the chicken in the slow cooker: Add chicken, broth, rotel, taco seasoning and queso into slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Stir well. If needed, thicken with a cornstarch slurry. 

  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot