Instant Pot Salsa Chicken


This salsa chicken Instant Pot recipe makes an easy weeknight meal even easier. Frozen chicken breasts are combined with taco seasoning and salsa for a tasty Mexican-themed meal. You can use the meat for tacos, burrito bowls, or as a topping for baked potatoes. So many possibilities! I used this the first night for chicken quesadillas. The second night I used it as a topping for baked potatoes with shredded cheese, pickled jalapeños, and sour cream.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 pound frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning mix

  • ½ cup salsa

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth


  1. Place chicken breasts in a multi-functional cooker (such as Instant Pot). Sprinkle all sides with taco seasoning. Pour salsa and chicken broth on top.

  2. Close and lock the lid. Select Poultry setting; set the timer for 15 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 20 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Shred chicken and serve as desired.

    close up view of Instant Pot Salsa Chicken on top of a tortilla, garnished with tomatoes, limes, onions and fresh herbs on a plate
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You can use water in place of chicken broth if desired.

If you use thawed chicken breasts, shorten the cooking time to 8 to 10 minutes.

Both quick-release and natural-release work for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

300 Calories
5g Fat
14g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 300
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 1546mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 477mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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