Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken
Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken
Ok you guys, get excited. Cooking chicken in the Instant Pot is a total game changer! Chicken is typically one of my least favorite things to make ... I always worry about undercooking it, which means that most of the time I overcook it and end up with dried out chicken, which is never tasty. I'm happy to say those days are long gone now that I cook it in my instant pot, and I'm telling you, it's perfect every single time. Flavorful, juicy, and it shreds so easily. And get this... it's as simple as putting chicken and salsa in the instant pot, turning it on for 10 minutes, and walking away. Seriously doesn't get much easier!
I like to make a big batch of this shredded salsa chicken on a Sunday or Monday and then use it for several meals throughout the week. Aside from being the perfect thing for a healthy taco night, I also throw it in my salads, serve it over cauliflower rice and veggies and make taco bowls with it, make chicken quesadillas with Siete Foods grain-free tortillas, or make chard or collard wraps with it... it's literally the perfect protein to add to any meal!
So a few notes about this recipe and some helpful hints for the instant pot in general...
Ok I think that covers it! Let's get into this super easy recipe, shall we?
4 organic boneless skinless chicken breasts, or about 2 lbs
1 cup or so of your favorite salsa (I love salsa verde)
Salt & pepper
How simple is that!? I'm telling you, total game changer! So excited for you to try it out!
1/18/2018 06:22:11 pm
I’m so excited to try this recipe! My IP came the other day and it’s still sitting in the box. I’m a bit scared! Thanks so much for covering the IP. I’m a new follower and can’t wait to make some of your recipes!!
1/18/2018 09:26:44 pm
Ok I felt the exact same way! Mine sat in my cabinet for MONTHS before I took it out of the box. I was so intimidated by it and then finally opened it up and made hard boiled eggs. Next, I made this salsa chicken. Both were so easy and turned out perfectly. After you use it once or twice, it's much less intimidating! You'll love it :)
1/26/2018 05:04:44 pm
I’d like to try this! I’m always afraid to use chicken breast because it turns out so dry. Does it turn out more moist in the Instant Pot? Also, do you prefer a specific brand of salsa that is low in sugar?
1/26/2018 05:47:27 pm
It definitely doesn't dry out in the instant pot!! You could always use chicken thighs too if you prefer that instead! I like the salsa verde from Trader Joe's or from Whole Foods 365 brand. Let me know if you try it out!
2/10/2018 12:14:18 pm
Would love to make this but I don't like spicy food.
2/11/2018 09:10:36 pm
I'm a total wimp when it comes to spiciness and the mild salsa verde is ok for me! But if you want to skip the salsa, you could use a cup of chicken broth instead for more of a simple/plain shredded chicken. And for frozen chicken breasts, you'd actually do almost the same amount of time... it will just take longer to come up to pressure. But I'd say to set it for 12 min!
1/8/2020 07:56:29 pm
If I don’t have an IP, how else could I do this? Looks AWESOME
2/9/2020 07:48:25 pm
you could definitely do it on the stove! Just place the chicken on a skillet, sear on both sides, and add salsa over the chicken. Then cover with a lid and cook for about 25 min or so, flipping halfway through. Cook until cooked through, then shred with 2 forks!
4/22/2020 11:05:36 am
this is my go-to IP shredded chicken recipe!
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