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Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

A simple, tasty, and healthy recipe that can be made in 15 minutes in the Instant Pot! Made with chicken and your choice of salsa - that's all it takes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Healthy Food
Keyword Salsa Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 297kcal
Author Stephanie Simmons


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 12 oz jar of your favorite salsa
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Prep: Follow any instructions on your Instant Pot before using (make sure the seal is in place on the lid, etc.).
  • Cook: 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). Pour the jar of salsa over the chicken and then add the water. Close the lid properly, set the vent to "sealing" NOT venting, and chose the "manual" setting on the outside of the pot. Set the timer to 12 minutes on high pressure. (If your chicken breasts are small, start with 10 minutes, and if they're quite large, start with 15.)
    Set the timer for 15 minutes if the chicken is frozen. Make sure the breasts aren't frozen in one huge chunk or it will take longer. (I can usually break them apart with a knife if mine are stuck together.)
  • Notes about Using the Instant Pot: 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 release all the steam before taking the lid off the pot. Some people find that manually releasing the steam can make their meat tough, so use manual or natural release based on your experience - if it's your first time cooking meat in the Instant Pot, I'd recommend letting it release naturally!
  • Shred the Chicken + Serve: Once steam is released, carefully remove the lid - everything will be HOT - and shred the chicken inside the pot. Serve over rice, in lettuce cups, or as tacos!
    Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.
  • Oven Directions: Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray and add the chicken breasts. Pour salsa over chicken. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes. You could also make it in your crock pot on low for 6-8 hours. (I'd check it at the 4 hour mark to see how much more time it really needs - my meat is often done before 6 hours).


Calories: 297kcal