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Shredded salsa chicken in a grey bowl with lime wedges and cilantro.
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Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is full of salsa verde, taco seasoning mix, Mexican flavors, and can be ready  in under 30 minutes!  This Instant Pot shredded chicken is a quick, easy, and healthy dinner recipe to make for tacos, burrito bowls, or to serve with your favorite salad.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 196 kcal


  • 1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix
  • ¼ - ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¾ cup salsa verde mild
  • ¼ cup water


  1. Set a 6-quart Instant Pot to the sauté function. Add oil and diced red onion. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until onions become translucent.

  2. Add crushed garlic and continue sautéing for 1 minute. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  3. Scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot to ensure there are no bits stuck to the bottom. Add chicken breasts on top of the onions.
  4. Sprinkle taco seasoning mix and salt on top of the chicken.
  5. Pour in salsa verde and water. Pick up chicken breasts to let some of the liquid get underneath them.
  6. Cover the Instant Pot with the lid and make sure the pressure release valve is set to sealed.

  7. Cook chicken for 10 minutes on high pressure. Do not open the Instant Pot for 10 minutes after the timer goes off for a 10-minute NPR.
  8. Open the pressure release valve and let any excess steam out.
  9. Shred the chicken with two forks and let sit in the liquid for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  10. Serve salsa shredded chicken as tacos, in a burrito bowl, or on top of your favorite salad. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • *If you would like your chicken to be slightly spicier, you can use a medium salsa instead of mild.
  • Regular salsa can also be used in place of the salsa verde.
  • Homemade taco seasoning mix was used in this recipe, but a packaged mix can also be used. Make sure to adjust the amount of salt added accordingly.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 614mg27%
Potassium 490mg14%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 442IU9%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.