Paleo Salsa Chicken in the InstantPot

It’s time to start using the Instant Pot a little more as the days are getting longer, the sun is up higher and it’s getting hotter in the kitchen! Who wants to slave over dinner?


Just a little inside scoop: Hubby has used the thing MORE than me … he’s become the designated cook lately and well, he doesn’t always follow the directions and we’ve had a few flops …

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Back to an EASY meal that only uses a few ingredients.  All you need is the following:

2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast (I started using thighs because they are less expensive AND more flavorful! The bag of frozen thighs at costco is perfect for this!)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cumin
black pepper
generous dash of oregano
1 jar chunky salsa (about 2 cups worth – this last time, I used fresh salsa I had in the fridge and it worked out just fine!)


Mix the salt, cumin pepper and oregano in a small bowl and season the chicken on both sides.

Toss them bad boys in the pot and dump the salsa over the chicken.

Secure the lid, making sure your vent is CLOSED and press the poultry button, adding another 5 minutes so you have a total of 20 minutes cook time.

Rule #1 – always make sure the seal is tight  Rule #2 – always make sure your vent is closed!

Let the Instant Pot do it’s thing and wait for the pressure to release when done cooking (seriously, this will take a total of  about 30 to 35 minutes. TOTAL time to come to pressure, cook and de-pressurize).

Start time                                    Dishing up

Pull chicken out of pot and either chop chop or shred with 2 forks (I like mine chunkier so I chopped) and add salsa from pot to the shredded chicken.

Serve up any which way you’d like:  over pasta (zucchini noodles!), as a taco filling (or lettuce!), over rice (or riced cauliflower!) … or eat it as is (like Hubby!)

Another side note: did you know that there is actually jarred salsa out there that’s Whole30 compliant? This jar of Chi-Chi’s is … as is Tostitos.  Who would have thought! IF you are doing a Whole30, just read your labels and be prepared to be surprised!


**Yes, this can be cooked in a crockpot instead … cook on low for about 4 hours**

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!
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5 thoughts on “Paleo Salsa Chicken in the InstantPot

  1. I want instant pot right now!! There are too many amazing recipes that I can do with it just like this one. Such a perfect recipe to share at Fiesta Friday party. Thanks for sharing!


  2. It's one of those things that I bought, and then let it sit for a while and then when I decided to give it a shot, Hubby was like, no, we need to read the directions, these things are dangerous. Not true any more! 🙂 It's pretty cool and the more we use it the more we understand how it works!


  3. Thanks so much for sharing your great recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday, I really appreciate you sharing with us!Miz Helen


  4. I have heard so much about the instant pot. But personally, to me it seems like it is similar to the pressure cooker that we use back home. I love the ease with which you made the salsa chicken. I am going to try it using my pressure cooker. Thanks for sharing it here at FF!


  5. It is a pressure cooker, just an electronic one that is slightly glorified 😉 I'd be petrified to use the ones that sit on the stove top as I have vivid memories of my grandmother using one when I was little and scolding us kids to stay out of the kitchen while it was coming to pressure. Nothing like them scary memories 😉


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