Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

This Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is packed with flavor and super easy to prepare! If you’re looking for an easy IP chicken recipe that everyone will love, this is it. PLUS you can make this in the slow cooker as well!

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Easy Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

I LOVE easy chicken recipes. Chicken is just an easy option for weeknight meals because it’s so versatile. So learning how to cook chicken in an Instant Pot was a no brainer!

This is the type of chicken recipe that can be used in lots of different ways, eaten for multiple nights, and is pretty hard to mess up. I do shredded chicken in my slow cooker all the time, but being able to make it in just minutes is hugely helpful on busy nights!

What Is An Instant Pot?

This Instant Pot was a present I bought myself a few years ago. It’s basically a 7-1 cooker: 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? 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.

Love my Instant Pot!

IP Chicken is EASY!

Making tender, fall apart chicken can take some time when you cook it using a traditional stovetop or oven method. It can take hours to make shredded chicken in the slow cooker or dutch oven. The Instant Pot changes all that. This recipe took me just 25 minutes! That’s it! 25 minutes is all that stands between you and perfect IP shredded chicken.

How to Make Salsa Verde Chicken in an Instant Pot

This recipe honestly couldn’t be any easier. Here’s what you do:

  1. Place 2 – 2 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken breasts in your Pressure Cooker.
  2. Add a teaspoon each of cumin, smoked paprika, and kosher salt.
  3. Then add a 16-ounce jar of salsa verde on top.
  4. Start up your IP on high pressure and cook for 25 minutes. Quick release the pressure and remove the lid.
  5. Simply shred the chicken in the juices, because that’s where all the flavor is.

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy shredded chicken recipe

How To Serve Salsa Chicken…

You can use this shredded chicken recipe 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.

Other ways to use this chicken include:

  • Burritos – Stuff it into warm tortillas with some cheese, refried beans and some guacamole. However you like your chicken burritos, this shredded chicken is an awesome start!
  • Tacos – The possibilities here are endless. Go crazy with those fixings and dig in.
  • Quesadillas – Add the chicken between layers of cheese.
  • Enchiladas – You could definitely use this IP chicken in my Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas.
  • Taquitos – Crispy tortilla wrapped around IP chicken and melty cheese. Yes please.
  • Burrito bowls – Add it to a bowl with Mexican rice and black beans. Top with diced tomatoes and sliced avocado, maybe some salsa and guacamole too for good measure!

These suggestions are really only the beginning. If you use this IP chicken in other ways please share your ideas in the comments!

How to Store and Reheat IP Chicken

Let your chicken come to room temperature and then refrigerate it in an air-tight container for 4-5 days.

My favorite way to reheat this chicken is on the stovetop. I just scoop the amount of chicken I’m going to eat into a small pan and then warm over low heat, stirring frequently, until the chicken is warmed though. You can also reheat this chicken in the microwave until heated through.

Simple Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is an easy chicken breast recipe!

Can You Make Salsa Verde Chicken In the Slow Cooker?

The beauty of the Instant Pot is that you can either slow cook or pressure cook…but since I was low on time I used the pressure cooker option. I’m going to include the Slow Cooker method in the recipe as well. so you can really do it either way!

Helpful Instant Pot Tip:

If you buy the Instant Pot, please read all the instructions that comes with it, even if you’re familiar with pressure cooking. 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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 5-6 servings 1x
  • Category Category: Chicken
  • Method Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Mexican

Description:

This Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken is packed with flavor and super easy to prepare! If you’re looking for an IP chicken recipe that everyone will love, this is it.


Ingredients:

  • 22 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 ounces salsa verde

Instructions:

  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.

Notes:

Slow Cooker option:
Prepare as instructed and cook on low heat for 6-7 hours or on high heat for 4 hours.

Keywords:: instant pot chicken breasts recipe, easy chicken breasts recipe, instant pot chicken, Mexican chicken recipe, IP chicken,

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Stella
Stella

This is how I make it in the slow cooker after years of boiling my own tomatillos etc. I thought I came up with this simple variation. Turns out I’m not a cooking mastermind. Well maybe I am. Lol It’s so good though! Just got my first instant pot and found your website/wanted to rate your awesome recipe. Thanks!!

Lynn
Lynn

I am obsessed with this recipe :). It is so easy and quick, while producing incredible results that can be used a variety of ways. What’s not to like?! THANK YOU for sharing! It is up in the rotation again tonight for a super easy weeknight dinner of tacos, yellow rice, and black beans.

Jason W
Jason W

I make mine similar but also add in a can of fire roasted diced green chilies. The Trader Joe’s ones are excellent. This is one of those recipes that you own an instant pot for. So easy and sooo delicious. People think you slaved all day to make enchiladas and they don’t know it took all of about 10 minutes haha.

Deborah
Deborah

What do you serve with this recipe? Is it for tacos, enchiladas, etc.? Looks amazing. Is this where I ask a question? Sorry, new to your site.

Gina (Love, Auntie)

This was one of my first Instapot recipes I ever made (I was really intimidated by it at first) and it came out amazing. I still make it. I love it, and it’s such a great base for Mexican dishes. Thank you for sharing such an easy recipe for beginners like me!

Mary
Mary

Hi I have leftover cooked rotisserie chicken could I just mix all the ingredients together and slow cook to meld the flavors? How long do you think?

Allison
Allison

Thanks for posting this! I love it! Really flavorful, really easy, and leftovers freeze so well. My instant pot has been languishing on the shelf pretty much since I bought it. But now that I am in nursing school and still have a family to cook for and lunches to pack for myself, I’m giving it a real go. I can’t wait to explore your site and try some other meals! This recipe came across my News Ap as a healthy instant pot choice.

A
A

This is my favorite weekday meal. So easy and so delicious!

Gaff Pearce
Gaff Pearce

I’ve got to say this is one of the best chicken recipes I’ve come across in many years! I made this and then the Salsa Verde Chicken Chili (which I modified so I could cook it in only an Instant Pot) and it is so flavorful that I can not get enough. This afternoon I put some Salsa Verde Chicken on a flour Tortilla with some pepper jack cheese, black beans and shoepeg corn and made a quesadilla. Oh Wow, heaven! Thank you Shelly, you hit a home run with this and the chili recipe.

Danielle
Danielle

Can I use the substitute Pork butt for the chicken? If so do I cook it for the same time in the IP?

Tim
Tim

good

SeaBrzJo
SeaBrzJo

In my top 10 rotation of recipes. Delicious and SO easy and flexible for meals. THANKS!

Kristina
Kristina

Made this a couple of weeks ago and it came out fantastic! Tried it with a pork loin(because we live in pork land aka Iowa) in the slow cooker, and it came out amazing as well! Thanks so much!

Steve
Steve

How long do you set it for if the chicken is frozen?

dana
dana

Made this tonight in our ( Christmas Instant Pot ) to use for Taco Tuesday this week……trouble is our pre tasting sample bites may have just moved Taco Tuesday to Taco Monday! Used boneless skinless breasts (2lbs?) and seasonings as listed in this recipe + 1 jar Tomatillo Verde Cooking Sauce + 1 small can of Salsa Verde Sauce (19oz total liquid) set timer for 30 minutes on pressure cooking setting and it turned out perfect. Thanks for this easy versatile recipe.

dana
dana

Quick follow up – the tacos were a huge success – thumbs up from everyone.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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