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.
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. 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.
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. And while I love the Slow Cooker (there are slow cooker instructions below), I absolutely love how easy the Instant Pot makes cooking.
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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. And this recipe was perfect in it. I personally wanted to speed up the process of cooking chicken, but I didn’t have time to use the slow cooker.
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.
Common Instant Pot Questions:
As with all new kitchen appliances, there was hesitation. However, after reading the user manual. This helped me tremendously in feeling more comfortable learning to use it. I was still hesitant, but the manual helped to make me feel more comfortable.
The manual has a very simple easy “test” to complete to help you learn how to use it. And while there are still things I am not 100% sure how to do, I feel so much better with my Instant Pot now.
These are the 2 ways to release the pressure from the Instant Pot.
Quick release will begin to release the pressure immediately. To start a quick release, you can turn to nob on the lid from “Sealing” to “Venting”
Natural release will naturally release the pressure from the Instant Pot. This process can take a while to fully release the pressure, but typically takes between 10-15 minutes to complete.
Either option will work for any of my recipes, but I typically use Quick releases. I mainly use a Quick release because that means I can eat my food quicker!
Yes, you can definitely combine the two options. An easy way to do this is to do a Natural release for about 5 minutes and then a Quick release for the remaining pressure.
To me, the easiest way to to know the difference is that Sauté mode is only used when the lid is off. If the lid is on and locked into place, Manual mode can be used.
Sauté mode is one of my favorite features of the Instant Pot because it lets you sauté or brown anything before you cook it. This means that you can truly use only 1 pot for most of your meals since you can cook those onions, garlic, or whatever before you lock the lid and set it to manual mode.
Manual mode is where you can choose the different cooking times (these are the times that it takes to cook the food AFTER it has come up to pressure). The manual has a great guide for setting cooking times based on what you are making.
If I am ever in doubt, I will use the manual and look up the meat or main item. This will give me a great guide to use for how long to cook something. It also can help detail if it’s fresh or frozen meat or dry beans. The manual is amazing.
The pressure gauge is located on the lid near the Venting/Sealing nozzle. When the Instant Pot comes to pressure and is cooking your dish, the pressure gauge will be UP. This means that the Instant Pot is at pressure.
Make sure the pressure gauge is DOWN before you open the lid. You should be able to hear a pop sound when it goes back down. This means that you can safely open the lid and enjoy your meal.
To Make this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken:
- Select SAUTE mode to heat the Instant Pot
- Once 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 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
- Quick release the pressure
You could use a natural release, but this will increase your total cooking time and could overcook the chicken.
- Once pressure has been released, take the chicken out and shred it. Add the shredded chicken back to the Instant Pot and stir all ingredients together.
- Serve immediately.
You can serve this over rice or in taco shells – it’s totally up to you.
What have you made in the Instant Pot lately?
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
- 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
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).