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 IP chicken recipe that everyone will love, this is it.

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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 Instant Pot was a present I bought myself. 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? 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.

The first recipe I wanted to try in my Instant Pot was this Salsa Verde Chicken. It is an easy IP Chicken Recipe that can be used in lots of different ways. It’s packed with flavor and my kids love it. An easy chicken breast recipe is great to have for weeknight chicken dinner ideas. And the fact that it’s an easy Instant Pot chicken recipe is just a bonus!

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 Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken recipe took me just 25 minutes! That’s it! 25 minutes is all that stands between you and perfect IP shredded chicken.

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!

How to Make Salsa Verde Chicken in an Instant Pot

IP shredded chicken couldn’t be any easier. All you do is place 2 – 2 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken breasts in your pot…

Adding Cumin to Salsa Verde Chicken

Add a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of smoked paprika…

Adding chili powder to salsa verde chicken

And a little bit of kosher salt too…

Salsa Verde chicken in an Instant Pot

Next just dump a 16-ounce jar of salsa verde on top…

Adding salsa verde into this easy chicken recipe

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 recipe

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 IP Shredded Salsa Verde 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.

Salsa Verde Chicken served over rice

Other ways to use this IP 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!

I am totally obsessed with my Instant Pot, but you can easily make this IP Chicken recipe in your slow cooker too! I’ve included instructions for making this recipe in your crockpot in the recipe card below.

One more thing, if you buy the Instant Pot, please read all the instructions that comes with it. There was a bit of a learning curve for me, but once you understand how to use it, it’s a breeze!



Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

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

      I never have had an excess of liquid, as once shredded it absorbs a lot… I would drain it prior to adding the salsa, if you have way too much.

    2. Lyndsie

      I had tons of juice too even without frozen breasts. I saved the extra juice as a base for tortilla soup for later in the week. Just add whatever veggies you like, a can of beans, a couple corn tortillas cut into small strips, a cup or two of water (basically to taste) and let them cook on the stove (or back in the IP) and add the leftover chicken from the original recipe or shred a new chicken breast.

  1. brenna

    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!

  2. 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!

    1. Shelly

      I really like Trader Joe’s salsa verde, but if I don’t have that I usually just grab whatever is available at my local supermarket!

  3. Jennifer

    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)

  4. 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 I don’t like overcooked breast meat at all.! 🙂 Just wondering if you or anyone else has tried this recipe and cut some of the time from it.

    1. Shelly

      It might increase it slightly but not by that much. If you release the pressure and it’s not done, just do a few minutes longer. I have had to add time in the past and it’s no problem!

  5. 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:)

  6. 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?

  7. ben

    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?

  8. 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.

  9. Lauri

    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 I hold on to the recipe and start saving the bits from the bottom of the tortilla chip bag for the garnish 🙂 Sounds like this will be a new go-to meal, thank you so much!

    1. Shelly

      I have never used a rice cooker, but I did try making Jasmine Rice and it turned out great! I cooked it for 5 minutes and then let it naturally release the pressure for 20, so I don’t know how much actual time it saved, but it did cook it perfectly!

    1. Shelly

      I would try 30 minutes. If they are done tender when the time is up, cook for an additional 5 minutes until they are done! If ou are doing less chicken than 2 1/2 pounds it will take less time.

  10. Jan

    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: For every 1,000 feet ABOVE 2,000-foot elevation, you must increase cooking time by 5 percent. For those who live at a high elevation this is important.
    Am anxious to see what other recipes you come up with!

    1. Bob Russick

      Cooking with any pressure cooker carries an amount of risk. Pressure cookers have been know to explode. Follow the instructions that came with the Instant Pot.
      Cleanliness is the best defense against this from happening.
      Remember that the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker and it is important to use it properly.
      Enjoy your awesome new appliance!

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. Lynette

    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!!

  14. 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!

  15. Kristen

    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. 🙂

  16. Robyn

    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!

    1. Shelly

      I totally agree! When I first opened it I was nervous, but I read the instructions and did a test meal and it’s really easy!

  17. NCnana

    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)

    1. Angela

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

  18. 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!!

  19. AngieN24

    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.

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