Instant Pot Chicken Chili is a delicious green chili (chile verde) conveniently made in the Instant Pot with only a few ingredients. You’ll have a healthy meal ready in no time with this recipe!
Cooking in the Instant Pot
You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot by this point. It is pretty much the kitchen appliance to own right now and for good reason. It’s convenient, easy to use, and produces tasty meals. What’s not to love?
If you haven’t heard of the Instant Pot, let me introduce you to it. The Instant Pot is an electric, programmable pressure cooker with a bunch of settings that allow you to easily make a variety of dishes. You can make your fair share of not-so-healthy food in it (I hear it makes a killer cheesecake!), but it also makes cooking healthy dishes a breeze.
Like this Instant Pot Chicken Chili recipe. All you have to do is sauté the garlic and onions (you can do that in the Instant Pot on the sauté setting), dump in the rest of your ingredients, set the timer for 10 minutes, and then let the Instant Pot work its magic.
When the timer goes off, you’ll wait for the pressure to release naturally (about 8 to 10 minutes). After the pressure has come down, you remove the chicken, shred it with a fork, then return it to the pot and combine it with the rest of the ingredients.
Your Instant Pot Chicken Chili is ready to serve! It doesn’t get much easier than that.
A note about Instant Pot Chicken Chili: It’s not a beans-and-tomato-based chili, but instead a green chili (chile verde) that uses a 16 oz. can of salsa verde as the base. If you’ve never had chile verde before, you’re in for a real treat with this recipe! (As an added bonus, this type of chili is much lower in carbs than traditional chili.)
Make the Instant Pot Chicken Chili into Two Meals
Don’t you love it when recipes serve double duty? A single batch of Instant Pot Chicken Chili can give you two meals:
Meal #1: Serve it as-is for a wonderful bowl of satisfying chili. Top each bowl with crumbled queso fresco (or sour cream), diced avocado, finely chopped radishes, and optional sprigs of cilantro.
Meal #2: Serve it as a base for hearty chicken tacos. Top with your desired toppings – all of the chili toppings work well, as does rice. (Note: The nutrition information for this recipe is calculated for the chili only, so if you go the taco route, keep in mind that the calories and carbs will increase.)
Instant Pot Chicken Chili tips
Instant Pot Chicken Chili is an excellent make-ahead recipe. If you find yourself with extra (or if you want to make extra to prepare for future meals), simply store it in an airtight container in the freezer. It’s a great dish to pull out of your freezer on those nights (or days) when you want a healthy meal but don’t have the time or energy to make one.
More healthy chicken recipes
Are you also always looking for new tasty and healthy chicken recipes? Then look no further. We have a lot of healthy low-carb chicken recipes here on Diabetes Strong that I know you will love. Here are some of my favorites:
When you’ve tried this Instant Pot Chicken Chili, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Instant Pot Chicken Chili
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 2½ lbs. chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
- 16 oz. salsa verde
- 2 packages queso fresco , crumbled (or sour cream)
- 2 avocados, diced
- 8 radishes, chopped fine
- 8 springs cilantro (optional)
- Set the Instant Pot to the sauté setting, medium.
- Add the vegetable oil.
- Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently until the onion begins to soften.
- Add the garlic, and stir for another minute.
- Add the cumin and oregano and stir for another minute.
- Pour ½ of the salsa verde into the pot. Top with the chicken breasts and pour the remaining salsa verde over the chicken.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to “manual”. Set the timer for 10 minutes.
- Use a natural release (let the Instant Pot release the pressure by itself). Once complete, remove the chicken from the pot and shred the chicken with a fork.
- Return the chicken to the pot and stir to combine.
- Serve in a bowl with the toppings or use for tacos.
- Extra Instant Pot Chicken Chili can be frozen in an airtight container.