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Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup

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Spice up your mealtime with Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup – a flavorful fusion of tender chicken, vibrant peppers, and bold Tex-Mex spices, all in one easy recipe. Let your Instant Pot do the work, turning simple ingredients into a zesty, satisfying soup in no time.

Say goodbye to complicated cooking and hello to a bowlful of fajita-inspired goodness. Get ready for a quick and delicious escape to the flavors of the Southwest!

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Homemade Chicken Fajita Soup

If you love soups, you will adore this tasty recipe. Packed with flavor, protein, and super easy to make. Below are just a few reasons making your own chicken soup in the Instant Pot is a great addition to your meal plan.

  • The Instant Pot makes this delicious soup even easier to prepare, with only 5 minutes of active cooking time.
  • It’s a one-pot meal, which means less dishes to wash afterwards.
  • The flavors of chicken fajitas are combined in a warm and comforting soup that’s perfect for cold days or when you’re feeling under the weather.
  • This recipe is packed with protein from the chicken and fiber from the vegetables, making it a nutritious meal option.

Ingredients for Chicken Fajita Soup

  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing onion and peppers, it helps extract and develop their flavors.
  • White Onion: Adds a sweet depth of flavor that complements the chicken and peppers.
  • Red Bell Pepper & Green Bell Pepper: Add a sweet yet slightly spicy flavor and vibrant color to the soup.
  • Chicken Breast: Provides the protein base of the soup and absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients well.
  • Fajita Seasoning: Adds a blend of spices that gives the soup its characteristic Tex-Mex flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: Forms the liquid base of the soup, adding a savory richness.
  • Water: Used to adjust the consistency of the soup to your liking.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup

Turn pot on saute mode. Add in olive oil. Add in sliced onion.

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Next add your bell peppers and saute the vegetables for about three minutes.

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Add chicken breast on top. Frozen can be added for the same cook time you do not need to add more time. Pour in chicken broth.

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Add in water to fill line. Add entire packet of fajita seasoning. Stir well.

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Turn off the saute mode. Place the lid on the instant pot. Turn the valve to sealed position. Press manual or pressure cook button and set to 20 minutes.

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After the timer has counted down and beeps release the pressure.

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Serve with a side of tortillas, sour cream, and cheese of choice.

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Tips and Substitutions for Chicken Fajita Soup

  • Use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts for a more tender and flavorful meat.
  • For a thicker soup, sauté the vegetables before adding in the other ingredients.
  • To make this soup even more budget-friendly, use frozen vegetables instead of fresh.
  • Don’t be afraid to play around with different spices and seasonings to find your perfect flavor profile and be sure to check out our Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup.

How to Store Leftover Soup

Refrigeration:

  • Allow the chicken fajita soup to cool to room temperature before transferring it to airtight containers.
  • Store the soup in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days to maintain freshness.

Freezing:

  • For longer storage, consider freezing individual portions or the entire batch.
  • Use freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags to prevent freezer burn.
  • Label containers with the date to keep track of storage time.

Separation of Components:

  • If your soup contains ingredients like tortilla strips, cheese, or creamy elements, store them separately if possible.
  • This helps maintain the quality of each component, preventing sogginess or textural changes during storage.

Avoid Overfilling Containers:

  • Leave some space at the top of the storage container to allow for expansion as the soup freezes.
  • For refrigerated storage, avoid overfilling to prevent spillage and allow for proper air circulation.

Ideas to Pair with Fajita Chicken Soup

There are many delicious options for pairing with chicken fajita soup:

  • Tortilla chips or corn chips for a crunchy topping.
  • Avocado slices, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese for additional toppings.
  • A side of warm tortillas to make mini tacos with the soup.
  • A simple side salad with a light vinaigrette dressing.
  • Rice or quinoa for added texture and heartiness to the meal.

The possibilities are endless, but no matter what you choose, this Instant Pot chicken fajita soup is sure to be a hit! So grab your ingredients and get ready to make a warm and flavorful meal that the whole family will enjoy. Happy cooking!

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FAQ’S

What Could You Add to This Homemade Fajita Soup to Make It Spicy?

If you like a little bit of heat with your soup, there are so many fun tastes and flavors that you can add. Chopping up and adding in some fresh jalapeños, cayenne pepper, and even some chili pepper flakes are all a great idea!

Can I Use Frozen Chicken In This Recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen chicken, keep the cooking time the same.

Should I Use The “Manual” or “Soup” Setting on The Instant Pot?

Either setting works; use the “Soup” setting for a default setting or “Manual” for more control over cooking time.

Can I Add Pasta Or Rice To The Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup?

Yes, add them at the end and cook on the “Saute” function until they are tender.

Can I Make Chicken Fajita Soup In Batches In The Instant Pot?

Absolutely, just be mindful not to overfill the Instant Pot and adjust cooking times accordingly.

What’s The Best Way To Shred The Cooked Chicken In The Instant Pot?

Use two forks to shred the chicken directly in the Instant Pot or remove it and shred separately.

How can I Thicken The Soup If It’s Too Thin?

Mix a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with water) and stir it into the soup while on the “Saute” function.

Fajita Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup is a easy recipe which is guilt-free and tasty.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion; sliced into rounds
  • 1 red bell pepper; sliced into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper; sliced into strips
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 package fajita seasoning
  • 28 oz chicken broth
  • 4 to 6 cups water – to fill line

Instructions

  1. Turn pot on sauté mode. Add in olive oil. Add in sliced onion. Next add your bell peppers and sauté the vegetables for about three minutes.
  2. Add chicken breast on top. Frozen can be added for the same cook time you do not need to add more time. Pour in chicken broth.
  3. Add in water to fill line. Add entire packet of fajita seasoning. Stir well.
  4. Turn off sauté mode. Place lid on the instant pot. Turn valve to sealed position. Press manual or pressure cook button and set to 20 minutes. After the timer has counted down and beeps release the pressure.
  5. Serve with a side of tortillas, sour cream, and cheese of choice.

Notes

  • For a thicker soup, sauté the vegetables before adding in the other ingredients.
  • To make this soup even more budget-friendly, use frozen vegetables instead of fresh.
  • Don't be afraid to play around with different spices and seasonings to find your perfect flavor profile.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 661mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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