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Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is quick, easy and so delicious. Made with just 3 ingredients, it is veggie-loaded with some added spinach and cooks up in just minutes. This pressure cooker chicken is the perfect weeknight meal that is also family friendly and healthy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy chicken recipe, healthy chicken recipe, instant pot chicken, salsa chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 226kcal


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups your favorite salsa I used mild to make it kid-friendly, but use whatever spice level you prefer
  • 2-3 handfuls baby spinach roughly chopped


  • Place chicken in the Instant Pot and add the salsa. Stir a few times to combine and coat the chicken with salsa.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 8 minutes. When the cook time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 8 minutes. It will take your pressure cooker about 10 minutes to get up to pressure. After the 8 minutes of cook time are done, quick release the rest of the pressure. 
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and place it in a large bowl. Use two forks to shred the chicken or use a stand mixer with a flat beater attachment (my personal favorite and makes the shredding process very quick). 
  • Return shredded chicken to the Instant Pot. Add the roughly chopped spinach. Stir a few times to combine and place the lid back on the Instant Pot. Let the chicken/spinach sit for 4-5 minutes with the lid on, or until spinach has wilted.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Top with sliced avocado, cilantro or shredded cheese and enjoy in tacos, over a salad, with roasted veggies or cauli rice, stuffed into a baked potatoes or simply as is


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 991mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1926IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg