If you are a meal planner, or cooking for a crowd, this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe is the way to go. With just a few ingredients, and less than 45 minutes, this pressure cooker shredded chicken will be ready for tacos, taco bowls, enchiladas, or salads!
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
I’m a big fan of bringing my own lunch to work. Maybe splurging once in a while, but I like knowing what I’ll be eating, and being able to control the portions and ingredients. Of course, the other big advantage of bringing your own lunch to work is the cost. If you make Instant Pot Salsa Chicken and shred it, you can get several lunches out of this recipe. Add some cooked rice, black beans, corn, cheese, and sour cream for delicious taco bowls! Make chicken tacos, or add the meat to a salad.
Season your chicken breasts and add them to the inner pot.
Pour the salsa over them and close the lid and cook. You will soon have tasty Instant Pot Salsa Chicken. Easy!
Shred and add back to the sauce and enjoy!
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Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is Mexican flavored shredded chicken breast that you can use for tacos, burrito bowls, and casseroles. Lots of flavor, and this pressure cooker shredded chicken is so useful!
- 3 - 4 Chicken Breasts**, skinless/boneless (approx. 8 oz ea)
- Salt, to season meat
- Pepper, to season meat
- 2 tsp Garlic Powder, to season meat
- 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning***
- 1 tsp Oregano (If you can get Mexican Oregano, it's really good)
- 16 oz Salsa*
Season chicken breasts on all sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Put 1/2 cup of salsa in the inner pot of the pressure cooker. Then add the chicken breasts to the pot, setting them on the salsa.
Sprinkle the oregano and taco seasoning over the chicken.
Pour the remaining salsa over the chicken, covering it. *If your salsa is really thick, you can add 1/4 cup of water to help the pressure build, but I have never needed to. I use a salsa that is from the refrigerated section of the store, and it works nicely, with good flavor.
Put the lid on the pot and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button (or dial) and then the + or - to choose 10-12 minutes** depending on the weight/thickness of the breasts. You don't need to add any additional liquid to the pot, the salsa and chicken have enough to bring it to pressure.
When the cooking cycle has ended, let the pot sit undisturbed for 10 minutes to naturally release the pressure. Then, after 10 minutes, manually release any remaining pressure (there may not be any, and that's okay) by turning the steam release knob to Venting.
Remove the chicken to a large bowl and shred it, using two forks. Then add it back to the pot. If there is too much liquid for your taste, just scoop some out. Leave some, as it has a lot of flavor, and will also keep the meat moist (the liquid is also great over rice).
Now you are ready to use it in your favorite recipes!
**If your chicken breasts are the really large (11 oz or more) sized, increase cook time by 3 minutes.
***Try my Easy Taco Seasoning recipe. It's great in so many recipes, even pasta!
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