Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is a quick and easy recipe to make with just a few ingredients. With only 30 minutes of your time, you can have a perfectly healthy meal that can be used in tacos, burritos, over rice and salads. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Pressurizing 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 280 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 3-4 lbs chicken breasts boneless and skinless fresh or frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth water or pineapple juice
  • 1 cup salsa mild or hot
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning herbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • Juice and zest from one lime


  1. If using frozen chicken, before you add it to the Pressure Cooker, make sure its not stuck together.

  2. Add chicken breasts to the Instant Pot. It is okay if the breasts overlap.
  3. Add liquid of choice (broth, water, or juice) and the rest of the ingredients.

  4. Place the lid and lock it, make sure to point the valve to sealing.
  5. Press manual and select 12-15 minutes for fresh/thawed chicken breasts, or 20-25 minutes, for frozen. It will take the pot about 10 minutes to come to pressure.

  6. Once the cooking is done and you hear a beep, leave additional 10-15 minute Natural Pressure Release.

  7. After, open the valve to release the remaining pressure.
  8. Fully cooked chicken breast should have internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  9. You can chop it and serve it as it is, or transfer the chicken to a large bowl and shred it. Use the cooking liquid to add it to the shredded chicken to make it moist and flavorful.
  10. Enjoy over tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or salads.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 979mg43%
Potassium 1021mg29%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.