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Overhead view of Instant Pot salsa chicken in a white bowl with cilantro and lime wedge garnishes

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Looking for a juicy and tender shredded chicken recipe that can be prepped in minutes? Instant Pot salsa chicken couldn’t be easier and turns out perfectly every time!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Diabetic
Keyword instant pot chicken chili, salsa chicken, shredded chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Instant Pot Pressure/Release: 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 265kcal


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • lime (optional — for garnish)
  • cilantro (optional — for garnish)


  • In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, garlic powder, and salt. Sprinkle over both sides of the chicken breasts.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Instant Pot. Add the chicken broth.
  • Pour salsa on top of the chicken breasts. Do not stir.
  • Close the lid, make sure the valve is set to “sealing”, then cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then turn the valve to “venting” to carefully release the remaining steam.
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken breasts to a medium bowl. Carefully shred the chicken.
  • Add between a ½ cup and 1 cup of the cooking liquid to the chicken, stirring, until your desired sauciness is achieved.


This recipe is for 4 servings.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To reheat, cook in the microwave until warmed through.


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.7g | Protein: 38.4g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 62.8mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 318.4mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 10.1g | Net carbs: 12.4g