This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup has rocked my world! Toss a package of FROZEN chicken breasts in the instant pot and have a meal in no time.

(Instant Pot) Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup has rocked my world! Toss a package of FROZEN chicken breasts in the instant pot and have a meal in no time. For more soup recipe ideas to inspire you, check this out.

Chicken Tortilla Soup in a bowl on the counter topped with cheese and sour cream and chips, bottom picture is an instant pot

This chicken tortilla soup will warm you up on a chilly fall or winter day. My husband and I LOVE this recipe. I had to write it down and make it into a blog post to make sure I remembered it to make again and again. And check out all these other instant pot chicken soup recipes too.

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Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup

I hate making a meal that is flavorless or lacking that rib-sticking power to satisfy everyone. My husband is a BIG dude and I work hard keeping him fed. He loves Mexican food and this instant pot chicken tortilla soup is right up his spicy little alley.

Sometimes I feel like I’m too tired to make dinner, but this chicken tortilla soup was so simple, I didn’t mind making it multiple times. I have a home daycare, so I work HARD all day. It’s wonderful to have an easy soup recipe that satisfies at the end of the day.

Chicken tortilla soup with frozen chicken

Don’t you hate when you didn’t plan something for dinner and all your meat is frozen solid? The instant pot is great for those times because it will still cook the meat through, evenly and with the flavor you add to the pot even if your meat is frozen solid.

I’ve cooked a frozen roast in the instant pot, a frozen pork roast, and many times I’ve cooked frozen chicken breast in my instant pot. It will even cook a frozen whole chicken.

That makes it a miracle tool for me. It’s gotten me out of more than one pinch. And I love how it doesn’t heat up my kitchen in the summer. It’s a great fix for dreading making dinner because of the heat.

These frozen chicken breasts cooked perfectly in the instant pot, but I’ve cooked thawed ones for this recipe as well and they turned out great too.

(Instant Pot) Chicken Tortilla Soup
(Instant Pot) Chicken Tortilla Soup

Grab your instant pot and a package of chicken breasts and let’s get going.

(Instant Pot) Chicken Tortilla Soup
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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup with frozen chicken

Savory, satisfying chicken tortilla soup to warm you on a cold day and fill your tummy with yummy goodness. Instant pot recipe. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken tortilla soup, frozen chicken, Instant pot
Servings: 4
Author: Christina


  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 c cooked black beans
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 3 c chicken stock
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 dried hot pepper, ground in a spice grinder or 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 chicken breasts, thawed
  • fresh cilantro
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • lime wedges to squeeze over top each bowl
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Set your instant pot to saute mode.
    This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup has rocked my world! Toss a package of FROZEN chicken breasts in the instant pot and have a meal in no time.
  • Add olive oil and onion.
  • Sautee until soft.
  • Add garlic.
  • Stir one minute longer.
  • Add tomato, black beans, corn, stock, spices, and chicken.
  • Cancel sauté and cover with lid and seal.
  • Select soup and set timer for 4 minutes.
  • It takes about 10 minutes to reach pressure and then the 4 minutes will begin. While the pot is cooking, you can prepare the toppings.
  • When the timer goes off, manually release the pressure carefully not to get burned.
  • Remove the chicken breasts to a plate and shred meat.
  • Replace the shredded meat into the pot and stir.
bowl of chicken tortilla soup on the counter with tortilla chips on the side and a lime wedge.

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I promise you this quick and easy soup is going to knock your socks off. It’s one of the best things that I’ve ever made and I cook multiple meals every day. I love soup season, I love chicken tortilla soup, I love cool weather and I love to cook food that nourishes people’s soul and their bodies. Check out more quick and easy meals.

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  1. So excited to try this!!!
    I could not get my PRINT button to work. Do I need to do something different on my end to get it to print?? I appreciate any advise as I want to save this to my homemade instant pot cookbook!!

    1. I’m sorry the button isn’t working, I’ll submit a support ticket and see if i can get some help with it. You could also highlight and print it with your browser or copy and paste it into a word document and print it. Thank you for letting me know!

  2. Thank you for the Recipe !!! Love the way you put it together and you put a print button on there. Made it so easy for us 🙂 Thanks