instant pot salsa chicken

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I’m jumping on the Instant Pot bandwagon (affiliate link), and I’m not one bit sorry about it.

Why’s that? I was able to make this for dinner in just 15 minutes. Whattttttt? It’s healthy, delicious, picky-eater-approved, and most importantly, FAST.

For those of you who are a little intimidated by the Instant Pot – like I was – don’t be! It’s seriously easy to use. Plug it in, add the chicken breasts + salsa + some water, push a few buttons and BAM. Dinner is ready.

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This recipe is super easy (like, 2 ingredient easy) and you can totally customize this by using your favorite salsa.

I used Trader Joe’s Fall Harvest Salsa because I am obsessed with all things fall + because it’s delicious.

Yep – that’s literally all this takes. Chicken. Salsa. Water. 15 minutes. No spices required – it’s full of flavor with just two ingredients! I hope this helps make stressful weeknight dinners a thing of the past.

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Fun fact about this recipe: my husband actually made this for me quite a bit back when we were dating. I just decided to convert it for the instant pot.

So, thanks for this one Grant!

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If you want to add a ‘lil extra something, this pairs deliciously with rice (we used jasmine rice) and some homemade naan bread. You won’t regret that combo.


Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
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Serves: 4 servings
 
A super-simple and healthy dinner of chicken + salsa made in 15 minutes in the Instant Pot!
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of your favorite salsa
  • ½ cup of water
Instructions
  1. Follow any instructions on your Instant Pot before using (making sure the seal is in place on the lid, etc.).
  2. Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the pot (make sure you DON'T cook anything inside the pot itself - use the metal insert that comes with it, as the directions say).
  3. Pour the jar of salsa over the chicken and then pour in the water. Close the lid properly and chose the "manual" setting on the outside of the pot. Set the timer to 15 minutes.
  4. It will take a few minutes for the Instant Pot to build pressure, and once it's pressurized the timer will start counting down. When it's done, let the steam release naturally (I usually leave it alone for about 5 minutes and then quick release the rest of the steam.) You MUST do this before taking the lid off the pot.
  5. Once steam is released, remove the lid and shred the chicken inside the pot. Serve over rice, in lettuce cups, or as tacos!
  6. *NOTE* - If you don't have an instant pot, you can still make this! Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray and add chicken breasts. Pour salsa over chicken. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes.

 

21 thoughts on “instant pot salsa chicken

    1. Thanks!! It’s super easy to make which is why we love it 🙂 and my slightly-picky-eater of a hubby loves it too 🙌🏻

  1. Looks yummy.
    I’m a new Instant Pot user. Is that manual normal temp?
    I make something similar in the crockpot. After cooking I add sour cream…. So yummy.

    1. I’m not sure what you mean by is manual normal temp – it was set to high pressure and we used the manual setting. Does that help?

  2. Do this in the crockpot all the time. Just jumped on IP Wagon, I serve it on a Bec of brown rice, black beans, salsa chicken topped with fresh salsa and Greek yogurt. Outstanding and healthy. Protein packed virtually no fat

  3. I recently jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon as well and this is the first recipe I made in my Instant Pot Ultra. I used chicken tenders and Kirkland organic salsa from Costco (our favorite). It was so easy and so good!! I served it over riced cauliflower and topped it with cheese, sour cream and guacamole. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for a great recipe!!

  4. So you said not to cook the chicken inside the pot itself but to use the metal insert. Do you mean the trivet? Doesn’t the salsa just run off onto the bottom of the pot since they’re on the trivet?

    1. I don’t mean the trivet – I just mean the metal insert. I was trying to be specific so new Instant Pot users wouldn’t accidentally put food into the pot without the liner in! Hope that clears up any confusion 🙂

  5. I just made this and because i have the 8qt and i read the 8 qt needs at least 2 cups of thin liquid, I did a cup and a half of chicken broth on poultry for 15 mine NR. Even though there was a lot of liquid, my 7 year old said she wants me to make it again. So thank you! <3

    1. So glad to hear it! ❤️ I think you may be able to strain out some of the excess liquid too – that’s what we have done! 🙂

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