By Wendy Stoltz / Last Modified On January 15, 2023
A super simple recipe for instant pot salsa chicken that is ready in under 30 minutes. This instant pot salsa chicken recipe uses three ingredients that most people who love tacos have on hand.
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Recipe
One of the great things about this instant pot salsa chicken recipe is that you can use any salsa you like. Want it a little on the spicy side? Use a medium or hot salsa.
Want it a little milder? Consider a mild salsa or a pico.
Which is Hotter Mild or Medium?
If you've ever wondered is mild or medium salsa hotter, or which is hotter medium or milk salsa, you're not alone. Mild is considered an opposite of hot. In order of mild to more spicy it's: Mild, Medium, then Hot.
Ingredients in Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
We frequently made salsa chicken in a slow cooker until they cam out with the Instant Pot. It's been a huge time saver and we feel our recipes come out just as good.
For this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken you only need three ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breast, your favorite salsa, and taco seasoning.
You don't need to add the taco seasoning as the salsa will add some flavor BUT we feel that it really adds to this salsa chicken.
Can I use frozen chicken breast in an instant pot?
Yes, you can use frozen chicken breast to make instant pot salsa chicken. You don't need to change the cook time with this recipe. With the warm up cycle, cook cycle, and release cycle it still cooks through and is tender.
How to make Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
This recipe is so simple. Add your favorite salsa to the bottom of the instant pot insert, top it with boneless skinless chicken breast, then sprinkle on taco seasoning (optional for more flavor). P
Place the lid on the instant pot and turn it to seal.
Make sure the vent is turn to seal.
Set the timer and get your taco fixings ready. When it's done, do a quick release to release the steam.
How to quick release instant pots
To quick release instant pots, you'll first need to wait for the cooking cycle to end. Once it's ended, turn the venting knob from the sealing to venting position. This will quickly release steam.
Make sure the steam has stopped flowing and the floating valve has dropped before opening the lid.
Depending on your instant pot model, you can also turn the venting know to vent and press down to quick release instant pots.
Instant Pot Burn Notice
What is an Instant Pot Burn Notice? The burn notice means that the Instant Pot has detected that the inner pot has gotten too hot or there isn't enough liquid.
Press Cancel to turn off the instant pot. Once the steam is released and it's safe to remove the lid, check the contents.
You can add more liquid and resume cooking.
What to Serve with Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
We love to serve instant pot chicken salsa as tacos, or taco bowls. We've also made burritos or served it as the main along side black beans and rice.
When there's leftovers we make a taco salad out of the instant pot salsa chicken and top it with sour cream, salsa, and black olives. Delish!
PIN FOR LATER
How to shred Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
Shredding instant pot chicken is simple. After it's cooled in the instant pot for a few minutes, use tongs to remove the hot chicken to a cutting board.
Use two forks, or a fork and knife, and shred the chicken.
Return the chicken to the instant pot and stir into the salsa.
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Did you make this instant pot salsa chicken? Did you use the taco seasoning or leave it out? We want to know in the comments below.
- 4, 8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 12-14oz. of salsa
- 1 packet of taco seasoning (about 3 tablespoons)
- Pour the salsa into the inner pot of the instant pot.
- Place chicken in the inner pot, and push down into the salsa.
- Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the top.
- Place the lid on the instant pot and turn it to the lock position. Make sure the vent it turned to the seal position.
- Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button, set the timer to 12 minutes a press "start".
- When the cooking cycle has ended, carefully return the release valve to quick release. It will take about 5 minutes for all the steam to release.
- Carefully remove the lid and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks.
- Serve warm.
- I used a 6QT Instant Pot, if you use a larger one, add ½ cup of water or broth to the instant pot when you add the salsa.
- If your chicken breasts are larger than 8oz., increase the cook time by 2-3 minutes.
Serving Size:4 oz.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 4569mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 12gSugar: 6gProtein: 28g
This nutrition info is based on the exact ingredients and brands that I used a the time. It may not be 100% accurate. Please check your ingredients nutrition labels.