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Freezer Meal Hawaiian Chicken Tacos

9 reviews / 4.4 average

Can we just establish that my idea of a good dinner is one that starts with pulling a meal out of the freezer, dumping it in the Instant Pot, and ending with juicy pineapple and spiced chicken crisped under the broiler, tucked into tortillas, and rolled up with creamy jalapeño ranch slaw?

These tacos are fresh, delicious, and just plain happy. Er, maybe it’s me that’s happy? And probably because throwing some pantry ingredients together, freezing it, pulling it out and pressing start on the Instant Pot, taking my crew for a walk, and coming home to dinner almost done is almost the same as winning a million dollars. Almost.

A clear bag with food and the label "Hawiian Chicken Tacos."

How To Make Freezer Meal Hawaiian Chicken

It really can't get any easier.

  1. Add a bunch of yummy easy stuff to a freezer bag.
  2. Stick it in the freezer.
  3. Pull it out, dump it in the Instant Pot to cook, and WALK AWAY.

When it's done, give it a little crisp under the broiler and tuck it into warm tortillas with creamy Jalapeño Ranch Slaw. This is what dreams are made of.

Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken Tacos tucked into tortillas, and rolled up with creamy jalapeño ranch slaw.
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Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw stacked next to each other in a bowl.

Freezer Meal Hawaiian Chicken Tacos


  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Freezer Meal Hawaiian Chicken Tacos! Juicy and crispy pineapple and chicken, tucked into tortillas, and rolled up with creamy jalapeño ranch slaw.


Ingredients

Scale

Freeze together:

  • 1.25 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (remove ribs and seeds for less heat)
  • half of a red onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

For serving, blend together Jalapeño Ranch and toss with cabbage:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 jalapeño (remove ribs and seeds for less heat)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill (or about 1/4 cup fresh)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives (or sub 1/2 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

INSTANT POT: Add 1/4 cup of water before cooking. From frozen, 20 minutes on high pressure + quick release.

SLOW COOKER: Add 1/4 cup of water before cooking. From thawed, 3-4 hours on high.

BROIL: After the chicken finishes cooking, shred the chicken and transfer the shredded chicken to a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the chicken starts to get browned and crispy. 

FINAL STEP: Serve with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw (see above) in tortillas.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian-Inspired

Keywords: freezer meal, hawaiian tacos, chicken tacos, instant pot tacos

View original recipe here.

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39 Comments

  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks so stunning! I hurried to the store to get the fixings and am making this today around evening time for supper. I feel extremely glad to have seen your website page and anticipate such a large number of additionally engaging occasions perusing here. Much appreciated again for every one of the subtleties. https://www.essayjaguar.com/

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Tried these tacos tonight and they were phenomenal. I have been cooking your recipes for two years and they never disappoint.

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    Question; I usually do not freeze dinners, but need to make a church meal for someone. Is the chicken raw that goes into the freezer bag?
    Thanks

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    I usually love your recipes, but this was a flop for me. I followed the directions and froze everything in a plastic bag, but after the 20 mins on high and quick release my chicken was still frozen in the middle and I had to put it back in and cook for extra time. Any tips?

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Hi, Erin! So sorry to hear this didn’t turn out for you. We’re not totally sure why the chicken was still frozen. We’d suggest just cutting up the chicken thighs into small pieces next time before freezing.

    2. Skillful Cook Logo

      I had same experience, after 20 mins and quick release chicken was still raw and partially frozen, trying to cook for another 10 and see if that works. Hope it tastes good, it smells amazing.

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        I made these from frozen tonight and while the flavors were great, I found both the chicken (cooked in Instant Pot from frozen with the 1/4 cup of water per the instructions) and the slaw came out very watery. I even added more mayo to the slaw to try and thicken it to little avail. Any tips? The tacos were still very good, just needed a lot of napkins on hand!

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        This did not work for us – followed recipe to a T and used slow cooker (did not add extra water). Result was very soupy and bitter. Not sure if it was the jalapeño as prior to freezing pineapple was fine. Any ideas?

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          Hi Julie! Sorry to hear that. Our original recipe instructs readers to spread the shredded chicken out on a sheet pan and broil until the ends of the chicken are crispy and caramelized. This really helps to intensify the flavor. It looks like we forgot to add that last step into this recipe post, so we really apologize.

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    For the jalapeño ranch do I mix all ingredients in a blender or just stir them together?

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hi! I just LOVE all your meals. They are so easy and delicious! For this meal…does it have to be frozen? IF I wanted to just make it fresh, would I still follow the same instructions?

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    This was phenomenal with ground pork. I double the garlic, added 3/4 of a red onion, and used canned pineapple chunks. I put it in the slow cooker on high before I left for work (2 hours), then turned it to low, so when I got home, it was perfect. I didn’t need any toppings and I used iceberg lettuce leaves instead of pita. Big win for me!

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    Love, love, love your recipes. And your love for tacos. These were delicious! Thank you!

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    These are great! I work with a local organization that calls me when Foster care families get a new placement and I bring them a meal, this is a go to for me! Always rave reviews from people and it’s something easy that’s prepped so I can cook and bring over quickly

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    This recipe was so good; the chicken with the creamy slaw was fantastic! The only thing I would change next time is leaving out the olive oil in the slaw; it just pooled on top of the cabbage and made it greasy. I might add a little for the flavor, but definitely not the full amount!

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    This is a go-to in our house. Super tender chicken, great balance of spice and sweet.

  12. Skillful Cook Logo

    Are you able to freeze the jalapeño ranch or does that need to be made fresh? Trying to make some freezer meals for some friends and this looks delicious!

  13. Skillful Cook Logo

    So good!! When I was prepping this I went ahead and made a second batch to make fresh in addition to the one for the freezer. Prep once, eat twice! I’m so glad I did because we loved this!

  14. Skillful Cook Logo

    Made this while on maternity leave and made it tonight in the instant pot. We ended up putting the chicken and toppings on a bowl of brown rice which was amazing!

  15. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hello! Do I cook the chicken before placing it in the freezer? Or do I just add the raw chicken to the bag with all the other ingredients? Thanks!