A glass bowl of instant pot salsa chicken flanked by tacos and taco toppings.

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot salsa chicken is a quick dinner and meal prep essential ready in less than 30 minutes - even from frozen chicken breasts!

free from: wheat/ gluten, soy, dairy, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 146 kcal


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 16 oz salsa
US Customary - Metric


  1. Place chicken breasts in the Instant Pot with salsa and water. 

  2. For frozen chicken breasts, set to high pressure for 15 minutes. 

  3. For fresh chicken breasts, set to high pressure for 10 minutes. 

  4. When the Instant Pot is done, carefully do a quick pressure release.

  5. Remove the chicken and either shred by hand with forks or quickly shred the chicken using a stand mixer. Add the chicken back to the salsa liquid in the Instant Pot and stir to combine. 

  6. Serve immediately or store in airtight containers in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information may vary based on type of salsa used.

Feel like your salsa is a little watery? Toss the shredded chicken back in the juices in the Instant Pot, then turn on the saute function for a few minutes (stirring occasionally) to reduce the liquid.

Don't have an Instant Pot but still want salsa chicken? I don't blame you! Use the same ingredients but place in a slow cooker on low for 3-4 hours for fresh chicken or 5-6 hours for frozen chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 531mg23%
Potassium 581mg17%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 306IU6%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.