If you need to dress up your typical week night meal, try this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe.  It’s delicious, simple to make and is truly a one pot meal through the Instant Pot.  It’s also healthy and only 3 Blue points per serving on WW.

This is an image of the Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe in a white bowl. There is a fork that is holding up some of the meal for you to see. There is a clear jar in the background.

Do you ever have those nights when you are exhausted from work or raising kids?  I totally understand that feeling.  

There are days (especially lately) where I am so exhausted after work that cooking dinner seems like it won’t happen.

Watch this video to learn how to make this Salsa Chicken recipe

Between working 8 hours (or more) a day and then having to pick up the kids and cook them dinner, it’s a struggle to remember to feed yourself.

And who has time to feed themselves…let alone something healthy? That’s why I lean so heavily on the Instant Pot. It makes cooking dinners so easy.

This is a close up image of the Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe in the Instant Pot. You can see the shredded chicken, black beans, and corn clearly in this picture.

The Instant Pot can be intimidating, but I promise that if you spend a few nights using it to cook your meal, you will feel more comfortable using it.

No Instant Pot? No problem! You can make this in the Slow Cooker!

  • Spray the slow cooker with olive oil spray (you can use olive oil too, if you want).  Add the rest of the ingredients (except the brown rice) and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  • Remove the chicken breasts and shred them.  Add them back in and stir to combine.  Serve immediately with rice (if using).

If you are interested in additional Instant Pot recipes, you should check out this BBQ chicken sandwich recipe or this chicken stew recipe.

This is an image of the Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe in a white bowl. There is a fork that is holding up some of the meal for you to see. There is a clear jar in the background.

Pro Tip! What do you do if you get a BURN warning?

  • You can add 1/2 cup chicken broth after you saute the onions and garlic before you add in the chicken and other ingredients.  This will help prevent a BURN warning on your Instant Pot.

I can typically get dinner ready in about 30 minutes if I use my Instant Pot, so it has become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.  I use it about once a week because it really does make cooking almost anything that quick and easy.  

So I turned to my Instant Pot, and man…I am so glad I have one of these.  It makes cooking things so quick and easy.  And it makes weeknight cooking even easier.

This is an overhead image of the Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe in a white bowl. There is a light green-blue napkin underneath the bowl.

FAQs for this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe

I don’t have a Slow Cooker. How can I make this recipe?

You can make this using a slow cooker if you don’t already have an Instant Pot. The slow cooker instructions are in the recipe card below.

What can I use this salsa chicken in?

You can use this in burritos, tacos, over rice. You can even use the salsa chicken over cauliflower rice for a low carb option. You can even use this as the protein on a salad. It’s really delicious any way you want to make it.

What happens if I get a Burn warning?

You can add up to 1/2 cup chicken broth if you get a burn warning. I have never gotten one myself, but I have heard that newer Instant Pot models can have this warning show up.

Can I use frozen chicken breasts?

Yes! Using frozen chicken breasts can save even more time. If you use frozen, add additional cooking time to the recipe. I recommend cooking it for at least 20 minutes.

Can I add rice directly to the Instant Pot?

Yes! If you decide to cook the recipe directly in the Instant Pot with the other ingredients, add an extra cup of chicken broth, a cup of water and 1 1/2 cups of rice.

Can you overcook chicken in the Instant Pot?

The short answer is yes. But I haven’t overcooked it before. I would suggest following the amount of time in the recipe card to make sure that the chicken is not overcooked.

Also, because each model of Instant Pot (or electric pressure cookers) could be different, the amount of time in the recipe card is what worked for me and my Instant Pot. You might need to add additional cooking time for the chicken to be completely cooked through.

How do you keep chicken from becoming rubbery in the Instant Pot?

The chicken will become rubbery if it is overcooked. This could happen in the Instant Pot. To keep that from happening, lay the chicken on the top of all the other ingredients. This will make sure that the chicken does not get overcooked.

What readers are saying about this recipe:

Readers who have made this recipe are raving about it! Here is what they had to say after feeding their family.

My whole family loved this recipe! I doubled it and cooked it for 15 min. I also added lime juice and cilantro at the end! Soooo yummy!!
Hannah
Wife and Mom
This is a recipe that we make weekly in our home. It is so easy and delicious!!! This was actually the first recipe I ever made in my instant pot and I am so glad I found this recipe.
Natalie
Busy Mom
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Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Dash of Herbs
If you need to dress up your typical week night meal, try this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe.  It's delicious, simple to make and is truly a one pot meal through the Instant Pot.
4.26 from 89 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 332 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 15oz can sweet corn drained and rinsed
  • 15oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 jar salsa of your choice
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 pouch Uncle Ben’s brown rice

Instructions
 

Instant Pot Instructions:

  • Heat the Instant Pot using the SAUTE mode.  Once it’s hot, add the olive oil, garlic and onion.  Cook until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the chicken breasts over the onion mixture.  Sprinkle the package of taco seasoning over the chicken breasts.  Add the salsa, corn and black beans to the Instant Pot.
  • Using MANUAL mode, cook the salsa chicken on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes.  You can do a quick release of the pressure, or wait and use a natural release.  Once the Instant Pot is finished cooking, take the chicken out and shred the chicken.  Add the chicken back to the Instant Pot and stir to combine.  
  • Serve immediately.  You can serve this over rice or in taco shells – it’s totally up to you.  We ate it over rice and it was wonderful!

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • Spray the slow cooker with olive oil spray (you can use olive oil too, if you want).  Add the rest of the ingredients (except the brown rice) and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  • Remove the chicken breasts and shred them.  Add them back in and stir to combine.  Serve immediately with rice (if using).

Video

Notes

You can add 1/2 cup chicken broth after you saute the onions and garlic before you add in the chicken and other ingredients.  This will help prevent a BURN warning on your Instant Pot.
The SmartPoints include rice.  If you choose to eat this without rice, your SmartPoints value will be less.

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcalCarbohydrates: 37.7gProtein: 23.8gFat: 10.7gSaturated Fat: 2.6gCholesterol: 48.4mgFiber: 8.3gSugar: 5.7g
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88 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My whole family loved this recipe! I doubled it and cooked it for 15 min. I also added lime juice and cilantro at the end! Soooo yummy!!

  2. 5 stars
    I just purchased my instant pot and this was my second recipe. It was delicious!!! Thank you for clear instructions. I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

  3. Yes, you could. I never tested with frozen chicken, but you could still use it and just increase the cook time.

  4. Hi Holly – Thank you so much. I’m glad you love this recipe too. I have updated the recipe card to include slow cooker instructions (I should have done that sooner).

  5. Hi love this recipe. I made it for my sons family last night and they loved it!! Thank you. She would like the recipe but does not have the instapot. Could this be made in crockpot.?

  6. Thank you Missy. If you want to double the recipe, you might need to increase the cook time by a couple of minutes, but I have’t tried that, so I am not sure if it would be needed. Try it and let me know. You could cook it 15-17 minutes instead to make sure that the chicken gets cooked through. And I never got the burn notice either, but lots of others have gotten it cooking the recipe, so I added the chicken broth just in case.

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for this amazing recipe!! I was able to get my picky eater hubby enjoy black beans!! I want to double the recipe, would I need to add extra minutes? I have the larger IP so all the ingredients won’t go over the fill line. Just curious if you had any extra hints. First time I made it I actually forgot the broth, but it came out perfect. I must have used a larger jar of salsa to compensate for the liquid. Look forward to following your recipes

  8. What type of salsa do you recommend? I grabbed the pace mild salsa. It ended up pretty good, I mixed in some mexican rice because it was liquidy. I did make this in an 8qt, I wonder if that makes a difference.

  9. Interesting. I have never gotten a burn notice and I have made this recipe multiple (almost weekly) times. I hope it ended up working out for you after adding the extra broth. I wonder if it’s what type of salsa you are using? Maybe it wasn’t liquid enough for the IP?

  10. I did the half cup of chicken broth and still got a burn notice… I quick released, checked everything out, added more broth and turned it back on for just a few minutes. Hopefully it turns out well, I’m hopeful.

  11. Did you put it in the Recipe Builder on the website/app? The calculator might be adding/computing calories, which don’t take into account the zero point foods (like chicken breast). Just a thought.

  12. 5 stars
    This is a recipe that we make weekly in our home. It is so easy and delicious!!! This was actually the first recipe I ever made in my instant pot and I am so glad I found this recipe.

  13. I think the rice points would be the same – I don’t think it matters brands for rice. I usually make 2 cups of rice (1 cup uncooked) to make with this recipe.

  14. Just joined weight watchers so i’m still learning. how many points will this be if I don’t have uncle bens rice and just cook reg brown rice in my rice cooker? also how much rice would I cook? TIA

  15. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this. This was my first meal I made in my instant pot and took the advice from above with the added rice. It was delicious. Even my very picky toddler had a clean plate tonight!

  16. You could probably use the bone-in chicken and remove the bones while shredding. You could also cut the meat off if you want to. I think either way will work great.

  17. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious and easy! I raised my own chickens this year and only have bone-in chicken breasts. Would I need to cut the meat off at the beginning or can the recipe be adjusted to accommodate the bones and just remove them during the shredding step? Thanks!

  18. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and we loved it! My husband had a burrito with this as the filling and I ate mine over lettuce. It was delicious and mine was zero Freestyle points! It did make quite a bit, so I’m hoping to freeze half of it. Thank you!

  19. This is great feedback, Denise. I am surprised that you have to do yours 13 minutes, but I’m glad that you found something that worked for you. And that your family loves it. It’s so delicious!

  20. 5 stars
    Me again! I make this at least twice a month. I use Rotel in place of salsa due to personal preference, but I always have to do 13 minutes or the chicken isn’t done. Never had to use the chicken broth.

    Sometimes we make burritos with it, sometimes we make enchiladas with it. Either way, it’s always a hit!

  21. I love this! I’m so glad that you guys make this often and love it. These options are great too…it makes it so much easier without having to chop up an onion.

  22. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite go-to week night recipes. When I’m in a rush I’ll just stick the chicken, taco seasoning, salsa, beans, and corn in my pressure cooker on high for 10 minutes like the recipe states and it comes out great. The other steps like onion would he even more delicious but if I’m just in a rush it’s perfect to just throw the easy stuff in. We eat it alone, over rice, lettuce, with chips…so many options. Very simple and so good!!

  23. Thank you so much! I love the idea of cutting up the chicken instead of shredding it. That’s a great idea. I do love that the Instant Pot keeps chicken intact so that you can shred it or eat it as is. It’s awesome that way.

  24. 5 stars
    This was excellent! Since the breasts I used were very thick I decided to cut them into 4 inch pieces. I also used my homemade taco seasoning which is spicy so I added a little extra broth. I subbed the canned corn for Trader Joe’s fire-roasted frozen corn (thawed) and ( used an over-filled 1-cup measurement. The dish cooked in exactly the amount of time you suggested. It still had a little structure which my husband and I prefer, – we cut it into small bites, rather than shreds. I did a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then quick-released the rest. Served it over some short grain brown rice cooked, separately,

  25. 5 stars
    This is AWESOME!! Used 2 large, frozen chicken breasts, dumped everything in (broth and rice on bottom, then frozen chicken, taco seasoning, then beans n salsa), cooked all with frozen chicken for 25 minutes in my 3qt IP. Did not saute. Perfect!

  26. Hi Derek – I’m hoping this turned out ok after you restarted it. I added the 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the recipe card a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully you added that in. You could also have added more to the original recipe after you got the BURN warning. I never got that warning, so I have had to adapt the recipe to accommodate for this.

  27. Seems like it would be tasty. I’m in the middle of salvaging this dish as the bottom burned and would not seal. I took everything out and washed the pot. Just put it all back together. It may be a good idea to rewrite the recipe with the note about the chicken broth closer to the beginning so this can be avoided. I’m hoping I’m not throwing out a pile of burnt tasting Mexican slip in a few minutes

  28. 5 stars
    Thanks for this, half the battle is figuring out WHAT to cook and this was a big help 😀

  29. I adjusted the recipe card to include 1/2 cup of chicken broth, so that should have been enough liquid to not have that Burn notice. A soup wouldn’t be a bad thing either, though. That might be good with some rice too. But I also like your idea of using the extra liquid to cook the rice.

  30. 5 stars
    I was afraid of the burn notice so I put in chicken broth at the beginning. It was way too much liquid and it turned out more like soup. I think I’ll drain off most of the liquid and use it to cook rice.

  31. I’m really not sure what happened if the chicken was still raw. I hope the Instant Pot came to full pressure for you. It’s happened to me once where it didn’t come to pressure, but I just cooked it again and it was fine.

  32. 2 stars
    Started with completely thawed chicken and it wasn’t done within ten minutes…..raw in the middle.

  33. I added an extra cup of broth and 1 cup of water and 1.5 cups of rice into the instant pot and it turned out great!

  34. Thank you so much for the compliment. I am so glad that you and your husband liked it. I haven’t tried it with cauliflower rice, but I will now!

  35. 5 stars
    Kristyn, I made this tonight and it is delish! I served it over riced cauliflower instead of brown rice and my husband didn’t even know the difference. (Green Giant offers it in a 12 oz. package in the freezer section. Only 20 calories per serving!) We will definitely enjoy this one again! Thank you!

  36. Yes, it’s the same. It’s just the manufacturer of an electric pressure cooker. The front panel options might be different than yours, but you should be able to follow the recipes pretty closely with your model.

  37. I think you will be fine. Just check the chicken once it’s done cooking on the poultry setting to make sure it cooked through. It should be fine, though. If you get a BURN error, add some chicken broth and continue cooking. I think a lot depends on how watery the salsa you choose is (mine must be really watery because I never got a BURN error before). If the poultry setting works for you, let me know and I’ll add a note in the recipe card about that.

  38. I have this in my instapot right now. I’m nervous because I’ve doubled almost all of the ingredients for my large family. I also chopped up 4 bell peppers and added those. I didn’t add any broth because I thought the peppers would produce enough liquid. I couldn’t find the manual setting on my crock pot brand instapot, so selected the poultry setting (which was 15 minutes on high pressure). Any thoughts or suggestions?

  39. Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Adding sour cream sounds wonderful too, but be careful of the added points if you are following Weight Watchers.

  40. 5 stars
    This was super yummy!
    I mixed in a CUP of sour cream to the finished product just before serving.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  41. I think you would want the “Browning” option. That would probably be similar to the “Saute” option that my IP has.

  42. I used the recipe builder to calculate 3 points per serving. If you use the calculator, it might be higher because foods that are now zero points (beans, chicken, corn) have calories (according to WW support when I asked them about this a while ago).

  43. Thanks Debby for the review. I’m glad that you used quinoa with it (that’s a great alternative to rice) and that it still tasted wonderful. We love this recipe so much too!

  44. My pot does not have a sauté button. It has
    Slow cooking and browning. So I was wasn’t
    Sure what to do. This is my first time with an
    Instant pot.
    Thanks

  45. 5 stars
    I made this last night and accidentally added 2 cans of black bens (it doesn’t change point count) and my salsa was good and spicy—this is now one of my family’s favorites! I had only quinoa instead of rice and nice and light! Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe!

  46. The Instant Pot should default to High pressure. So, it should be fine. I’m not sure how it looks on your IP, but mine shows the level of pressure in the middle of the front panel and you can change it by the + or – buttons. But it should default to High pressure.

  47. I’m confused when you say “high” pressure? I went from sauté to manual and did 10 minutes but I don’t see a place for me to set the cooker to “high”? I have an instant pot IP-LUX 6 quart.

  48. Yes, possibly, but check the points on a rotisserie chicken instead of boneless, skinless chicken breast that’s zero points.

  49. No, I don’t think you would need to change the time or anything if you don’t add the beans. Just omit those, and you should be fine.

  50. Do you think I would need to change anything if I don’t add beans? Thanks can’t wait to make my first meal in the instapot!

  51. You should probably add 2-3 minutes extra for frozen chicken. Cooking chicken breast usually takes about 8-10 minutes, so 12 minutes (total) should cook the chicken if it’s frozen.

  52. Hi Annette – I’m sorry that you had to add chicken broth to get the burn message to go away. I will adjust the recipe to include that (I didn’t get that message, but I’ve had others say that as well). I’m glad that you loved it despite that!

  53. 5 stars
    Delicious! I had to add a little more chicken broth to get the burn message off my IP. We served it over rice and will definitely make this again!

  54. Oh no! I have never gotten that type of message before, even when I was testing out this recipe. I’ll check over the recipe and make a note in the Notes section that you might need to add some chicken broth if you get that message. I am glad that it smelled and tasted good, though!

  55. 4 stars
    I followed the directions carefully, but I kept getting a display message saying “burn” and the pot would not reach the proper pressure to seal. After some online research, I realized that there was either not enough liquid in the pot or the liquid was too thick to create the steam needed. I ended up adding about a half cup of water, and that fixed the problem. The next time I make this, I will deglaze the bottom of the inner pot with some water or chicken stock after sauteing the onion and garlic and before adding the chicken.
    This dish had great flavor and made my whole house smell wonderful!

  56. Hi Susan – Thank you! I have the 6 quart size and I think the 3 quart might be too small for 2 people. It might work for some things, but some soups would overflow in the 3 quart. I don’t think you would need the 8 quart one, but the 6 quart is a good size for me and my husband.

  57. This looks great. I am considering getting an instant pot and was considering the 3 quart. I assume this recipe is for the 5qt? Does everyone think that is the best size for 2 people? Sometimes we get tired of eating the same things over and over but love the idea of freezing for later.

  58. Nope, too late. I’m eating leftovers instead.

    Just kidding. I’ll have to make this this week. Thanks!

  59. Hi Dana – that’s a good idea. I don’t know if I can do that for every recipe, but you could always use a slow cooker instead. You can throw in all the ingredients and cook on high for 4-6 hours. Then just shred the chicken.

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