This Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken recipe is packed with flavor, super easy to prepare and can be made as a pressure cooker recipe or a slow cooker recipe.
Happy New Year friends! Are you hearts full? Your bodies a little fuller? Yep, that’s about how it feels to be me right now.
My holiday break was oh so fun. We spent Christmas at Disney World and it was truly magical. Crowded, yes, but still magical. I ate my way through all the cupcakes in Orlando and now am home ready for a small-ish sugar break.
Of course I wouldn’t be me if I stayed away from sweets too long, but I thought maybe we could take a eensy sabatical and talk about a meal that will get us back into the work/school/regular week schedule a little easier.
First and foremost let’s discuss the vessel in which I made this super flavor packed Salsa Verde Chicken.
This is an Instant Pot and it was a present I bought myself for Christmas. I started hearing a lot about these pots, so I decided to investigate. It’s basically a 7-1 type deal. It pressure cooks, slow cooks, sautés, steams, cooks rice, makes yogurt and has a porridge setting which I have no idea what to do with. Do people still eat porridge? Like is that a thing in 2016?
Anyhow, I was most intrigued with the idea of the sauté and slow cook option as well as the pressure cook option. My current slow cooker doesn’t sauté in the pot, and it’s a feature I have always wanted. PLUS I have really wanted to dip my toes in the pressure cooking pond. New Year, new skills!
I’ve been playing around with this pot for the past month and think I have it pretty much figured out. I mean, except for porridge. Oh and yogurt making. Haven’t tried that one yet. One more footnote….I purchased this pot on my own and am not affiliated with Instant Pot in anyway. Anyway I am totally hooked.
I am now pressure cooking just about anything I can… this Salsa Verde Chicken took me just 25 minutes! Shredded meats normally take hours! The beauty of the Instant Pot is that you can either slow cook or pressure cook…but since I was low on time I made this Pressure Cooker Salsa Verde. I’m going to include the Slow Cooker method in the recipe as well. so you can really do it either way!
All you do is place 2 – 2 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken breasts in your pot…
Add a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of smoked paprika…
And a little bit of kosher salt too…
Next just dump a 16-ounce jar of salsa verde on top…
In the pressure cooker, start it up on high pressure and cook for 25 minutes. Quick release the pressure and remove the lid to the Instant Pot or any other pressure cooker.
Simply shred the chicken in the juices…
That’s it! You can use this shredded chicken in SO many ways! I love to make Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole with some of my shredded chicken for an easy weeknight dinner!
Or you can just make some rice, top it with the chicken, a little cheese and cilantro and have an easy meal.
Again, I am totally obsessed with my Instant Pot, but you can easily make this Salsa Verde Chicken in your slow cooker too! I would love to know if you have one, or if you’re into pressure cooking.
One more thing, if you buys the Instant Pot, please read all the instructions that come with it. There was a bit of a learning curve for me, but once you understand how to use it, it’s a breeze!
- 2 - 2½ lbs boneless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 16 ounces salsa verde
- Place all the ingredients in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
- Set cooker to high pressure for 25 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, quick release the pressure and shred the chicken with 2 forks.
Prepare as instructed and cook on low heat for 6-7 hours or on high heat for 4 hours.
This post contains an amazon affiliate link. I was not sponsored by Instant Pot for this pot, but if you do buy it via my link I will earn a few extra dollars. Thanks!