Main Dish | April 27, 2019

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

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!
salsa verde chicken tacos on paper


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).
jar of green salsa



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.
three chicken breast in pot with green salsa

STEP TWO: Add your seasonings, onion and garlic.

chicken, onion and garlic with green salsa in instant pot

STEP THREE: Cook your chicken on poultry setting, about 24-26 minutes. If your chicken breasts are frozen just add a few minutes.


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.

chicken and salsa cooked


shredded chicken in pot


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.
sour cream added to shredded chicken


I LOVE to make this with
  • tacos
  • nachos
  • burritos
  • enchilada filling
  • top on a taco salad
  • taquito filling

Serve with these:

three shredded chicken salsa verde

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salsa verde chicken tacos on paper
Salsa Verde Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins

Spice family dinner up with this easy instant pot/ crockpot recipe!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: instant pot salsa verde chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 171 kcal
Author: Aubrey
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 cup tomatillo salsa salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. In instant pot combine everything except sour cream in pot. 

    Cook on poultry setting, or high for 24-26 minutes. allow to natural release. 

    Shred chicken and add sour cream, stirirng until combined. 

  2. Crock Pot Instructions

  3. 1. Combine everything except sour cream in crockpot.
  4. 2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  5. 3. When done shred chicken and add sour cream.
  6. 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!
Recipe Notes

PRESSURE COOKER: If salsa is really thick thin down with 1/2 cup of water to ensure there is enough liquid in pot for pressure. 

Nutrition Facts
Salsa Verde Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 341mg15%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    1. 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!

  1. Whats the serving size? I want to tRy making this Recipe for 5 people and wondering how many chicken breasts i should use. Thanks!

  2. 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,