If there was ever a contest for the EASIEST INSTANT POT RECIPE EVER, this recipe would win hands down! The only prep you have to do for this is to open a packet of Taco Seasoning and a jar of your favorite Salsa. You put it together in the Instant Pot, so no mess or extra dishes to clean. You add water, layer chicken ,season it, top it with salsa and close the lid! Set an 8 minute cook time and go for a walk, paint your nails, run an errand, pick up the kids….whatever you want to do. It takes around 10 minutes for it to come to pressure, 8 minutes to cook and around 10 minutes of NPR time- so, dinner is served in under 30 minutes.
Once you open the lid after releasing the remaining pressure, you can choose to leave the chicken as-is, or, shred it for using it in a variety of dishes. This shredded chicken can be used for Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tortilla Soup, Pizzas, Pulled Chicken Sliders or even for Taco Salad. If you choose to have it as it is, make a side-salad with cucumbers, avocados and cherry tomatoes, dress it up with fresh lime juice, salt & pepper and dinner is done!
This recipe comes together with just 3 ingredients- Chicken, Taco seasoning and Salsa. I like using chicken breast for this recipe, but chicken thighs work just as well. I love using Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning Mix and Salsa Autentica for this recipe. This seasoning has a bit of a kick to it, which my family really enjoys, but you can use your favorite Taco seasoning blend for this recipe.
This is how simple it is to make it:
This recipe can be made in any pressure cooker as well. You can do this on the stove-top as well. Place any heavy bottom sauce pan on medium high heat. Place everything in the pan as per instructions. Bring the salsa mix to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes or till chicken is fully cooked. Keep stirring every few minutes to prevent the salsa from scorching the pan.
Easy Instant Pot Salsa ChickenPrint Recipe
Turn on Instant Pot. Add 1/4 cup water. Add chicken breast and season them with about 2-3 teaspoons of Taco seasoning. Flip them and season on the other side. In a bowl, mix salsa with the remaining taco seasoning. Pour over the chicken, coating the chicken with the salsa mix. Close the lid. Vent set to Sealing. Cook for 8 minutes on Manual or Pressure Cook.
Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes (NPR 10). Open lid. Using two forks, shred the chicken in the pot . Mix well. This shredded chicken can be used for Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tortilla Soup, Pizzas or even for Taco Salad.
I use Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning mix. It is a bit on the spicier side. If you want to make it mild, you can substitute with: 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1.5 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp brown sugar.