We're all in need of a go-to easy peasy throw together, everyone wants seconds week night meals. Babes, THIS IS IT! Instant pot salsa verde chicken will be one of your meal planning, life changing dinners. Tangy, creamy bursting with all the flavors! Simply throw it in your instant pot, or even your crock pot, walk away shred and serve!
HOW TO MAKE SALSA VERDE CHICKEN
The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity without give up any of the flavor. It's also very versatile! Use it in tacos, burritos, nachos, taquitos, or place it on a salad!
You can also use delicious homemade roasted tomatillo salsa or pick up a jar of your favorite from the store. No one is judging.
PRO TIP: If you are using this for a quick weeknight meal just make the salsa ahead of time).
MAKING SALSA VERDE CHICKEN IN THE INSTANT POT
Take 3-4 chicken breast and place them in your crock pot or instant pot with about 1 cup of salsa.
PRO TIP: For instant Pot's you need 1 cup of liquid for the pressure cooker to work, if your salsa is extra thick (say similar to marinara sauce) thin it out with some water. You want the consistency to be more like a tomato soup.
STEP TWO: Add your seasonings, onion and garlic.
STEP THREE: Cook your chicken on poultry setting, about 24-26 minutes. If your chicken breasts are frozen just add a few minutes.
DO I NATURAL RELEASE THE CHICKEN?
I always try to allow enough time in my cooking schedule to have time to natural release my meats. This helps ensure the meat is pull apart tender and shred-able. However, if you don have time to natural release and need to quick release the chicken it should be all the way cooked through. Just use a thermometer to double check.
STEP 4: SHRED CHICKEN
WHEN DO I ADD THE SOUR CREAM?
Because sour cream is a milk product you don't want to add it when the chicken is cooking or it will change the texture. When your chicken is done cooking, shredded and still pipping hot add your sour cream and stir it in. This stays the same whether you are using an instant pot or a crock pot.
WHAT MEALS TO MAKE WITH INSTANT POT SALSA VERDE
I LOVE to make this with
- enchilada filling
- top on a taco salad
- taquito filling
Serve with these:
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Salsa Verde Chicken
Spice family dinner up with this easy instant pot/ crockpot recipe!Print Pin Rate
Servings: 6 servings
- 3 chicken breasts
- ½ medium onion chopped
- 1 garlic clove minced
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 1 cup tomatillo salsa salsa verde
- ½ cup sour cream
Instant Pot Instructions
- In instant pot combine everything except sour cream in pot.
- Shred chicken and add sour cream, stirirng until combined.
- Cook on poultry setting, or high for 24-26 minutes. allow to natural release.
Crock Pot Instructions
- Combine everything except sour cream in crockpot.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- When done shred chicken and add sour cream.
- Serve warm in burritos with grilled corn and rice, in taquitos, or quesadillas. I love it over a salad. This is a hard recipe to mess up. Feel free to add more or less of your favorite flavors. I tend to be heavy on the lemon and cumin because I just can't get enough of them!
PRESSURE COOKER: If salsa is really thick thin down with ½ cup of water to ensure there is enough liquid in pot for pressure.
Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 458mg | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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This looks delish! I'm making it for dinner tonight!!
Cheryl Newton says
Hello! This looks yummy and easy. However, was there possibly a glitch when posting? There's no number of tablespoons for the lemon juice, and for the salsa, the ingredient says 1/2 + C. Help! Thanks,
Thanks for catching that Cheryl, there was a glitch in the recipe card.
Whats the serving size? I want to tRy making this Recipe for 5 people and wondering how many chicken breasts i should use. Thanks!
If you are making it for 5 adults I would probably double the recipe!
Jenine Keely says
Do you put the salsa in crockpot?
Everything except sour cream right in the crockpot. Set it and forget it. You can top with more salsa after it's prepared as well!
Nicole d says
Instead of Using Verde sauce, can I just use fresh tomatillos?
Hi Nicole, I've never tried with fresh tomatillos. If you do, I image you would want to add your own seasoning. The great thing about using verde sauce is that it's seasoned! Just makes life easy!
Stephanie Meyet says
I love this recipe! I've made it twice and it's always tasty!