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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 280kcal
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


  • If using frozen chicken, before you add it to the Pressure Cooker, make sure its not stuck together.
  • Add chicken breasts to the Instant Pot. It is okay if the breasts overlap.
  • Add liquid of choice (broth, water, or juice) and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Place the lid and lock it, make sure to point the valve to sealing.
  • 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.
  • Once the cooking is done and you hear a beep, leave additional 10-15 minute Natural Pressure Release.
  • After, open the valve to release the remaining pressure.
  • Fully cooked chicken breast should have internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy over tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or salads.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 979mg | Potassium: 1021mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.2mg