Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

Pressure Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken made in the Instant Pot!!

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.

Love my Instant Pot!

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…

Salsa Verde Chicken

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.

Simple Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken! Shredded chicken in less than 30 minutes!

Simply shred the chicken in the juices…

Simple Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken! Shredded chicken in less than 30 minutes!

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!

Simple Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken! Shredded chicken in less than 30 minutes!

Or you can just make some rice, top it with the chicken, a little cheese and cilantro and have an easy meal.

Salsa Verde Chicken over rice!

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!

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Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken
  • 2 - 2½ lbs boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 ounces salsa verde
  1. Place all the ingredients in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  2. Set cooker to high pressure for 25 minutes.
  3. When the timer goes off, quick release the pressure and shred the chicken with 2 forks.
Slow Cooker option:
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!

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Joshua Hampton

That Instant Pot sounds like a nifty toy to play with. And the salsa verde looks fabulous.


Awesome, I’m going to try this! I’ve done another one that is like a salsa chicken. Instead of the verde and spices you use a can of cheddar cheese (or nacho cheese) soup and your favorite salsa (about 1-1.5 cups) or a can of rotel. Everything else is the same as your directions. We have it over rice or rolled up inside soft tortilla shells.

Susan D

You will love its many uses! I received mine back in December and have used it everyday since 🙂 I am trying out this recipe pronto!!


Thanks for the recipe …. Good pressure cooker recipes are always exciting!

Congratulations on your Instant Pot! I have used pressure cookers all my adult life and the Instant Pot is by far my Favorite! (This is unsolicited remark). While it does many wonderful things, making boiled eggs is one of my favorite things to do with this pressure cooker, as the eggs come out perfect every time. (Porridge is oatmeal or any boiled grain)


The (boiled) hard cooked eggs in the Instant Pot are my favorite because they peel so easily! And we are porridge folks over here!!!


How do you do the boiled eggs?


Hi, I love my Instant pot! I follow your blog and I’m looking forward to your IP posts. I love trying new recipes. It’s so easy to use once you figure out how it works. You tube has some nice videos:) love your blog!

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

So fun that you’re loving pressure cooking now too. I’ll look forward to seeing what your cooking up.


You are the second person telling me about this pot. I think I need it!

Vicki W.

Yes, you do! And I am looking forward to seeing your blog posts about it!


Hi Shelly,

I just wanted to comment on the porridge thing. I relocated to London almost a year ago from Atlanta and always wondered about the porridge thing myself. Porridge is simply oatmeal. They even sell Quaker instant “porridge” over here. Same product, just different name. Thanks for your blog. I turn to it often to help me survive life abroad. 🙂

Shelly Y.

Oh goodie, I am lookinmg forward to some recipes for the Instant Pot. I got one for Christmas and there is a bit of a learning curve for me. I will make this recipe this weekend! Thanks!


Do you put the Chicken on the Trivet or just in the bottom of the pot?? I’m going to make this for dinner tonight. Sounds very good.
Thanks for the recipe! I Love my Instant Pot!!

Jill Barkdull

I tried this recipe. It was good, however it did not have any liquid and the chicken was brown on bottom. The flavor is great I just added water after cooking and it was great. Is it possible to much steam is escaping.

Jill Barkdull

I made this chicken followed directions exactly. After it was done I had no liquid in the pot and the chicken was very browned on the bottom. I just added water and shredded it. The flavor is great however by your picture clearly something did not go right. Any thought?

Just wanted to chime in to say that I made this tonight and it is very, very good! I also received an Instant Pot for Christmas and am new at pressure cooking. I have always been a little afraid of the stovetop pressure cookers. When I was little my mother spewed a sauce she was cooking ALL over the kitchen from ceiling to floor and to “little” me it looked like it blew up! This pot is so easy, but I have to admit that I wouldn’t get too close to it the first time I used it! =) Note:… Read more »
Amy Lueck

How long is the chicken breasts are frozen?


Ohhh great…. Now I need a new kitchen tool!!!!!

I think I’m going to get the Hot Pot, you have me convinced! Have you used it as a rice cooker yet? If so, how does it compare to a stand-alone rice cooker (if you have used one)? P.S. I made the Salsa Verde Chicken Chili for dinner last night and it was over the moon. I substituted rotisserie turkey breast and turkey broth for the chicken, which was very flavorful. My husband, who does not normally wax eloquent on food, said it was “amazing and so comforting and warm for a cold night”. He told me to make sure… Read more »
Denise Pierson

Where did you purchase it?


Would this chicken be good in tacos?? Looks delicious!

miss pooslie

have you ever used your hand mixer to shred the chicken. it works AMAZING and is done in like 10 seconds.


Saturday, February 27
My Instant Pot arrived yesterday and this is the first meal I am trying.

Jennifer L

I found your website and recipe on pintrest and tried the salsa verde chicken last night. It was so simple and delicious! Please continue to post more simple instant pot recipes.


Was wondering if there’s ever a need to add water? For example, if I just want to cook a couple of plain drumsticks so that I can shred it into a salad, can I just toss them in the InstantPot alone, or do I need to add water? Is there a danger in setting it too long, for example what could happen if set for 35 minutes, instead of 25 or 20?

Michele Clow

Hi. This is the first recipe I will be making/am making with my new instant pot. My IP has a low pressure and a high pressure. Which would I use for this recipe?


Can I use chicken thighs (that’s what’s currently in my fridge)? Thanks!

Denise Obenlander

Made this last night, followed by a large batch of peppers and onions in my Instant Pot. I was worried because it didn’t smell appetizing as it cooked. However I made quesadillas the next day and they were AMAZING!! So many possibilities.. Definitely a keeper, thx for the recipe:)


Could I double the recipe? I have a 6q InstantPot. Do you think the cook time would increase significantly?

Looks delicious as well as super easy! I’m just wondering….Laura on Hip Pressure site has time tables and she says to cook a boneless chicken breast for 1 minute with a NATURAL release. I’m sure this timing isn’t for a huge breast….but so far when I’ve tried cooking chicken breasts in my Instant pot they cook super quickly. I guess my question is,….at 25 minutes as per your recipe states,…wouldn’t the chicken lose all of it’s flavor and moisture to the liquid? I’d like to try this recipe but I am very shy of the 25 minute cooking time because… Read more »

I made this last night as the first meal in my new instant pot and it was wonderful! Enjoyed by all including kids and no leftovers.
I used 2# of very thick chicken breasts and found that after 30 minutes following instructions exactly, they were still raw. I had to do 2 additional rounds of 10 minutes to get it perfect.
Did I do something wrong? (Used meat setting, high pressure)

Haydn Barker

Why QR te chicken? Ive always been given to understand this toughens up meat more than natural pressure release?


One of ya’ll is using the others recipe (and pics):


Can you advise approx how many cups of chicken this results in? I’m trying to do some meal planning with your recipes 🙂

Kymberly Kempiak

Can you recommend your favorite jar of salsa verde ?


Would boneless chicke thighs work? Or do they not shred good?


I’ve made this half a dozen times this summer. My teenagers love having this shredded chicken in the fridge for a quick snack or meal on the run. I am thinking about making a double batch this time around bc we have family coming over. If I double the meat, do I need to also double all of the liquid? My guess is probably not, but I’d like to hear what others have found. Thanks again! This recipe, alone, justifies my purchase of the Instant Pot!


This is one of the first things I’ve made in my new instant pot, and it didn’t disappoint. Simple and absolutely delicious! Thank you!


I Made this tonight and TONS of liquid (i used frozen breasts). What did you do with all the sauce?