Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is a simple keto chicken dish, 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 dinner preference.
This salsa chicken instant pot meal is sure to become a go-to recipe in your house, as it is in mine. The Instant Pot is such a delicious and easy way to cook boneless skinless chicken breasts and the flavorful and leftover shredded chicken is great for meal prep plans.
Salsa Chicken, Instant Pot
This quick and easy Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe will become a go to meal on busy days. The boneless chicken breasts are 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 of cooked rice, tortilla chips or caulirice as shown.
Making a big batch of this delicious Mexican shredded chicken is smart. It is quite versatile. The extra shredded salsa chicken can be used in a wide variety of Mexican style dishes, such as tacos, casseroles, burrito bowls, taco salads, enchiladas and quesadillas.
Can you see now, why Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is one of my very favorite instant pot chicken recipes?
Keto Salsa Chicken, Choosing a Salsa
Net carb count will vary based on your choice of store bought jarred salsa. In general net carbs will be around 5 grams per serving. Using less of the sauce will reduce that further. Just make sure to add a little broth so there will be enough liquid in the pot.
I suggest selecting more traditional style salsa rather than the thicker options. A chunky will give you nice bits of tomato and peppers. I also recommend going with a mild or medium heat salsa. The leftovers will be more versatile that way.
Check nutrition labels. 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 easy recipe in the electric pressure cooker. Printable recipe card can be found below.
Recipe makes 4 servings.
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time 10 mins plus plan for about 20 minutes to pressurize and release
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, Himalayan or Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- avocado oil (classic olive oil, ghee or butter is fine)
- garlic powder*
- jarred salsa (not thick variety, you need enough juices for cooking)
- shredded cheese, cheddar or colby jack (optional)
*Some prefer to use a packet of taco seasoning. That is fine.
... 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 function (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. Add a ½ teaspoon of oregano or cilantro to the spice mixture if you like.
Flip after 3-4 minutes, then cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
The next step is to pour the salsa top of the chicken breasts. This will also provide enough liquid for pressure cooking.
Lock on cover and manually set the Instant Pot to pressure cook salsa chicken for 10 minutes on High pressure. Turn the valve to pressurize.
For full chicken breasts: Use quick release once the cook cycle is done to release remaining pressure, if you want to keep the chicken breasts whole.
For Shredded Chicken: Use natural pressure release if you are shredding, the meat will break up easier when you release naturally.
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 boneless chicken breasts over cauliflower rice to keep carbs low. Sliced avocado, guacamole or a nice dollop of sour cream would be great toppings. You can also use two forks to shred the chicken if you prefer.
If you are not on keto or some other low carb diet, serving with quinoa, rice or black bean sides would be ideal.
Personally, I like to serve the chicken breasts whole when freshly cooked, then shred chicken that remains to use in other dishes.
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 the chicken 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 meat is also great for making chicken quesadillas or burrito bowls. Add a splash of lime juice and some chopped fresh cilantro if making bowls...YUM.
Yes, you can absolutely make this recipe in a slow cooker. You will need to slow 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 thigh meat add 2-4 minutes if you are planning to shred. You can cook boneless skinless chicken thighs the same amount of time as the breasts if serving whole.
Yes, you can use frozen chicken breast 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.
Yes, leftover salsa chicken freezes and thaws well. After the chicken cools to room temperature, store it in a freezer safe airtight container. It will last up to 3-4 months.
More Low Carb Instant Pot Recipe Ideas
A few more keto instant pot recipes to add to your meal rotation:
- For a rich creamy Italian meal my Keto Tuscan Chicken Instant Pot recipe is a perfect choice.
- Instant Pot Bone Broth is a staple that you can prepare at home and save money.
- In the mood for barbecue on a rainy day? Keto BBQ Chicken in the Instant Pot is a great solution.
- No need to go out for Indian and skip the rice. Make this easy Instant Pot Chicken Curry, Keto recipe and serve it over sautéed frozen cauliflower rice.
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
- Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Sea or Kosher salt and Fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil classic olive oil, ghee or butter is fine
- ¼ teaspoon cumin*
- ¼ teaspoon paprika*
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder*
- 1 ½ cups salsa
- 1 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack optional
- Press the sauté button on your Instant Pot (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 pressure. Use quick release once done. (If you are plan to shred the chicken, use natural pressure release, so it will break up easier, then shred with two forks right in the cooking liquid.)
- Cheese can be sprinkled over the top in the pot before you serve.
- Use a packet of taco seasoning if you prefer.
Such a super easy recipe with ingredients I almost always have on hand. This is destined to become a family favorite---I'll be making it again soon.
Made this last night and the whole family loved it. I am making another batch this week to take for lunches. Thanks!
lori a wilcox says
Which instant pot are you using?
Robin Gagnon says
This chicken was made in my Instant Pot Duo 6 qt.
(I also have an 8 qt Duo Crisp, but haven't tried that one yet.)
This was super easy and the whole family loved it! It's going into my dinner rotation!
This has become at staple at my house, so easy and delicious!
Jenny P says
My new favorite chicken recipe for my instant pot
Carrie N says
This salsa chicken was so good. I added canned black beans and corn to the pressure cooker after the pressure release and served over rice. We all loved this dinner.
My family loved it! I used my homemade salsa and doubled the recipe. I made rice and beans with lime juice for the side.
Robin Gagnon says
It must have been even better with your homemade salsa!
Lisa L says
Is there a way to double or triple the recipe (e.g., using more chicken cutlets to accommodate a larger family or guests)? I would think that, once the cutlets are spiced and cooked initially, you could just pour the salsa on a larger batch of chicken and cook them all together. Would this work? Does the Instant pot time need adjusting for it to work?
Robin Gagnon says
Timing really shouldn't change. It will take longer for your pot to pressurize, but the cook time itself should be fine. You really only need to up your time for tougher cuts or larger pieces of meat.
I added chopped bell peppers, pinto beans and a can of sweet corn. SO GOOD.
Robin Gagnon says
Great additions to the chicken. I've added jalapeno peppers a few times.
Regina K. Rooney says
Does the cooking time change if I cut the chicken into bite sized pieces?
Robin Gagnon says
The cook time will be a little shorter.
We made it with the taco seasoning spices. Such an easy meal and the family ate it up!
I made this chicken today I used frozen chicken with green salsa. So good and it cooked fast.
This was delicious and now one of my favorite chicken recipes. We had the leftover shredded chicken in tacos tonight. It really is a great time saver for meal prep
So easy and so delicious, I added the cream cheese for some added fat and it was really good. I will be making this again.
Made this for the first time this afternoon, and it was amazing; simple but tons of flavor. I used taco seasoning and added cream cheese - skipped the cheddar. I'll be making this again (and again, and again)!
Oh my! Definitely a keeper recipe for my family - it was delicious! 😋🙌😋
Corrie Jane says
This Instant Pot salsa chicken was so easy and we lived it. I used frozen chicken breasts and then broke them up. The shredded chicken was lunch all week!
So easy but this salsa chicken is so delicious.