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


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.


  • 22 1/2 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.

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

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February 27, 2021 8:29 pm

this is a huge favorite in our house. Thank you for such an easy, delicious recipe!

December 23, 2020 4:41 pm

Slow release! When I followed this recipe it was much harder to shred than when I had a slow cooker. Then one time I forgot about it and when I finally got it out, it was perfect. Now I always do a slow release and recommend everyone do likewise.

November 13, 2020 7:07 pm

If you have really large chicken breasts you may want to add 5 more min to cook time. At 25 min the chicken didn’t shred easily and looked a little pink still so I stuck it back in on high pressure for another 5 min.

Teresa T
September 18, 2020 1:40 pm

Is it the same cook time for frozen/partially frozen chicken?

February 27, 2021 8:30 pm
Reply to  Teresa T

In the instant pot, yes. Frozen takes longer to come to pressure, but cooks in the same amount of time.

September 6, 2020 6:53 pm

This checked all the boxes: easy, fast, delicious! Served mine over rice and really enjoyed it! Thanks!

August 28, 2020 6:01 pm

Delicious and so easy! You just saved my sanity, less time in the kitchen! Thank you!

August 12, 2020 8:56 pm

This recipe was SO GOOD and SO EASY! minimal dishes required and the flavor was amazing! 10/10!

July 16, 2020 8:02 pm

Don’t you have to put any water into the Instant Pot? Seems like this would burn.

June 15, 2020 12:08 pm

My husband and I use this as our go-to chicken for taco night. We use Herdez salsa verde (medium) and the chicken has the perfect amount of heat and flavor. Super fast, easy, and yummy!

May 20, 2020 12:09 pm

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!!

April 13, 2020 6:26 pm

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
February 20, 2020 7:48 pm

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.

October 28, 2019 7:05 pm

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.

September 20, 2019 8:19 am

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!

August 27, 2019 5:19 am

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?

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