Instant Pot Cool Ranch Chicken (Whole30, Paleo, Keto) – homemade taco and ranch seasonings make a great combo for chicken!  Super-fast recipe made in the Instant Pot and Whole30 compliant!

Updated 1/27/22

If you’re looking for a family-friendly, easy, DELICIOUS recipe, this is it!  I came across a few Crockpot Ranch Chicken recipes and immediately knew my family would love it.  To keep it extra simple and fast, I adapted it for the Instant Pot and cleaned it up by replacing the taco and ranch packets with my homemade seasoning blend.

This recipe is a delicious blend of familiar ranch and taco flavors but without the junky ingredients and extra salt. One of the ways I transitioned our family to a clean eating lifestyle involved simple switches like making my own seasoning blends and condiments, replacing the packaged, convenience items that contain mystery ingredients, added junk, and excess sodium. If you have a desire to eliminate processed ingredients in your diet, this is a great place to start!

My favorite use for this recipe is Cool Ranch Chicken Tacos, served in tortillas or lettuce cups, but the leftovers are also great in these Mason Jar Cobb Salads, in taco soup, chili, and in burrito bowls. Topping this Ranch Chicken with a drizzle of Homemade Ranch Dressing and avocado also make it a fantastic option for Keto and low carb diets.


Boneless skinless chicken breasts

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Olive Oil

Red Wine Vinegar

Chicken broth

Homemade Ranch Dressing


Make the Homemade seasoning blends (there will be extra for future recipes too!)

Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot and cook for 15 minutes.

While the chicken cooks, make the Homemade Ranch Dressing.

Shred the chicken and serve!

Tips for Making Instant Pot Cool Ranch Chicken

I always allow for natural release of pressure in the pot when cooking poultry.  Quick release can result in dry chicken.

In place of the broth, use diced tomatoes or salsa for an extra flavor boost.

If you prefer less juices, remove lid and turn sauté function on after pressure has released.  Simmer 10 minutes to reduce sauce.

How to Serve Ranch Chicken

Serve over tortilla chips for nacho night

Build a burrito bowl with chicken, rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, and guacamole

Add to homemade pizza

Make a chicken salad with Homemade Mayo and serve in lettuce cups

More Chicken Recipes with Ranch Seasoning

Chicken and Ranch are a beautiful combo! Here are some more ideas for using my Homemade Ranch Seasoning on chicken:

Make Ranch Chicken Wings using this method in the Air Fryer

Add to these Baked Chicken Meatballs

Try in these Chicken Zucchini Poppers

Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes

close up instant pot cool ranch chicken in lettuce cup

instant pot cool ranch chicken in lettuce cup with whole30 ranch dressing


whole30 instant pot cool ranch chicken in bowl


instant pot cool ranch chicken

Instant Pot Cool Ranch Chicken (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

Instant Pot Cool Ranch Chicken (Whole30, Paleo, Keto) - homemade taco and ranch seasonings make a great combo for chicken!  Super fast recipe made in the Instant Pot!
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  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons homemade ranch seasoning, see below
  • 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning, see below
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth

Homemade Whole30 Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup homemade whole30 mayonnaise, or compliant brand
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, cilantro is great too


  • Combine seasonings, oil, vinegar, and broth in a small bowl.  Whisk well.
  • Add chicken breasts to the bottom of the pot and pour seasoning mixture over top.
  • Seal lid, and set to Poultry (if your pot doesn't have a poultry button, use the manual setting for 15 minutes.)
  • When cycle is complete, allow for natural release of pressure.  Remove lid, shred chicken and keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Serve in lettuce cups or tortillas (for non-Whole30) and add toppings as desired.  Drizzle with Homemade Whole30 Ranch Dressing.

Homemade Whole30 Ranch Dressing

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until blended.  Keep refrigerated in a mason jar or air tight container.


Click here for Homemade Seasoning recipe
*Recipe adapted from New Leaf Wellness
*nutrition facts are for chicken only.  Ranch dressing is not included.


Calories: 148kcal, Protein: 24g, Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 138mg, Potassium: 438mg, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.5mg

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