Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is a simple keto chicken recipe, that is perfect for the whole family. Serve this easy pressure cooker salsa chicken with low carb sides or black beans and rice, depending on your family's preference.
Salsa Chicken, Instant Pot
This quick and easy Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe will become a go to meal on busy days. The chicken is seasoned and seared then simply pressure cooked in a bath of salsa.
This recipe is great while doing meal prep. The chicken can be served as is with a side. The shredded chicken is quite versatile and can be used in a wide variety of dishes, such as tacos, casseroles, burrito bowls and quesadillas.
Keto Salsa Chicken, Choosing a Salsa
Net carb count will vary based on your choice of jarred salsa. In general net carbs will be around 5 grams per serving. Using less of the sauce will reduce that further.
I suggest selecting more traditional style salsa rather than the thicker options. Check labels. I also recommend going with a mild or medium heat salsa. The leftovers will be more versatile that way.
An organic salsa with low net carbs and no added sugar is ideal.
Salsa Verde is another great option when making this instant pot salsa chicken recipe. It will land a tangy flavor to the dish. Of course, you could use homemade salsa if you really want to.
How to Make Salsa Chicken in the Instant Pot
Here is a quick guide to cooking this recipe in the electric pressure cooker. Printable recipe card is below.
Ingredients for Salsa Chicken
Here is all you need to make this simple low carb Instant pot chicken recipe. Measures are in the servings adjustable recipe card.
- boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Sea salt and Fresh ground pepper to taste
- avocado oil (classic olive oil, ghee or butter is fine)
- garlic powder
- jarred salsa
- shredded cheese, cheddar or colby jack (optional)
... and of course you need an Instant Pot pressure cooker (or other brand).
How to Make Salsa Chicken Instant Pot Recipe
Put your Instant Pot on saute (set to med heat) and add oil to the pot.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then nestle on the bottom of the pot. Mix the cumin, paprika and garlic powder together and sprinkle on top.
Flip after 3-4 minutes. then cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
Pour the salsa over the chicken breasts.
Lock on cover and manually set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 10 minutes on High. Turn the valve to pressurize.
Use quick release once the cook cycle is done if you want to keep the chicken breasts whole. Use natural release if you are shredding, the meat will break up easier.
Shredded cheese can be sprinkled over the top in the pot or over each serving.
Serving Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
Here I have served the chicken over cauliflower rice to keep carbs low. Sliced avocado or a nice dollop of sour cream would be great toppings.
If you are not on keto or some other low carb diet, serving with quinoa, rice or black bean sides would be ideal.
Creamy Salsa Chicken
If you are in the mood for a creamy chicken meal, simply add a block of soft or cut up cream cheese to hot chicken in the Instant Pot as soon as you open. Stir it until fully melted. It works great whether you are shredding or not. I would pull out the chicken breasts and just mix it into the sauce if you want them whole.
Make sure to use full fat cream cheese if you are on Keto.
Add a packet of to the and use natural release instead of the quick release option. You will shred the cooked breasts to make Add your favorite toppings such as shredded lettuce, tacos. Pop the Mexican shredded chicken into a or shell with your toppings. Presto! night!
The shredded chicken breast is also great for making quesadillas or burrito bowls. Add a splash of lime juice and some chopped fresh cilantro if making bowls...YUM.
Yes, absolutely. In a slow cooker, you will need to cook the salsa chicken for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
Yes, you can make chicken thigh salsa chicken and the pressure cooker is a great way to prepare it. If using boneless thighs add 2-4 minutes if you are planning to shred. You can cook the same time as the breasts if serving whole.
Yes, you can use frozen chicken to make this Instant Pot salsa chicken recipe. The pressure cooker is a perfect solution when you don't have thawed chicken on hand. Frozen chicken breasts will take 11-12 minutes under pressure. Frozen boneless chicken thighs will take 12-13 minutes.
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
- 1 pound boneless chicken breasts , skinless
- Sea salt and Fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp avocado oil classic olive oil, ghee or butter is fine
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ cups salsa
- 1 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack optional
- Put your Instant Pot on saute (set to med heat) and add oil to the pot. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then nestle on the bottom of the pot. Mix the cumin, paprika and garlic powder together and sprinkle on top. Flip after 3-4 minutes. then cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Pour the salsa over the chicken breasts. Lock on cover and manually set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 10 minutes on High. Use quick release once done. (If you are plan to shred the chicken, use natural release, so it will break up easier.)
- Cheese can be sprinkled over the top in the pot or over each serving.