Are you looking for an easy way to prepare pulled chicken? Instant Pot Salsa chicken can be used for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, casseroles, and just about anywhere you like to use Mexican flavored chicken breast.
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No kitchen is complete without a multifunctional Instant Pot. One of the most useful cooking modes for this tabletop appliance is the pressure cooker option. When you cook under pressure, it is a snap to serve up a one-pot meal in mere minutes that taste like it has been simmering away the entire afternoon on the back of the stove. The best part of all is that it is foolproof. Load up the Instant Pot, set it, and food comes out amazingly soft and moist. No babysitting required.
One recipe that all owners of an Instant Pot need to try is Salsa Chicken. It is incredibly easy to whip up in a matter of minutes. All it takes is a total of five ingredients that you probably already have at home. Once you cook it, shred it, and keep it in the fridge. You will find lots of creative ways to use it, from Instant Pot chicken tacos to rice bowls.
How to Correctly Pull Chicken
To get the most from this recipe, both culinarily and economically, the best way to prepare the Salsa Chicken Instant Pot style is by pulling it. If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘pulled chicken,’ it means pulling the cooked chicken apart into thin strings. Some recipes may refer to ‘shredding’ the chicken, but it all means the same.
You can ‘pull’ almost any kind of meat, and it is a common way to prepare barbequed pork for sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and more.
There are several methods you can use to pull the chicken in this recipe. Most cooks prefer one way of doing it over the others, but everyone agrees on the fundamentals.
- For the best results, the chicken has to be warm. It is much easier to pull meat that isn’t cold. You don’t want to do it when piping hot, but it needs to be warmer than room temperature.
- Keep things a little cleaner, and pull your chick while it is in a large bowl. If you have disposable, food-safe gloves stashed in a drawer somewhere, now is probably a good time to use them.
- Let the pulled chicken cool entirely before storing it. To speed up this process, spread the chicken out on a cold baking tray, and give the shredded chicken a good stir every few minutes.
Try each of the following three methods for pulling chicken, and see which one works best for you:
- Use your hands. This is the simplest method, but you won’t shred the chicken a finely as the other methods. To pull chicken by hand, hold it with the meat fibers verticle. Use your fingers to pull and separate the chicken at these fibers.
- Use two forks. This is very similar to pulling by hand, except the chicken is on a cutting board, and you use the tines of two fork to shred the chicken.
- Use a stand mixer. This method is perfect for when you have a lot of chicken to pull but not a lot of time. Put up to four chicken breasts in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low with the paddle attachment.
Tips For Serving and Storing Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
- Perfect for more than Southwest-inspired dishes. Try it on top of a salad or as a filling for an omelet.
- You don’t have to use chicken breasts for this recipe. Just be sure to remove any chicken bones before cooking.
- Salsa chicken stores well in the fridge for up to four days. Keep in the freezer for up to four months.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Vegetable oil
- Skinless and boneless chicken breasts
How to Make Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
- Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add vegetable oil.
- When the oil is hot, add onions and sauté until almost translucent then add the garlic.
- Add chicken breast and salsa.
- Cook on high on the manual setting for 20 minutes.
- Perform a quick release on the Instant Pot.
- Remove chicken and shred.
If you want to make this in a slow cooker, you will need to saute the onion and garlic in a skillet, and then place all of the ingredients in your slow cooker, and cook for 4 to 6 hours on low.
More Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot Irish Stew
- Easy Pulled Pork Recipe
- Instant Pot Italian Sausage
- Pepperoncini Beef
- How to Cook Dried Black Beans
Favorite Mexican Recipes
- Chili’s Salsa
- Roasted Salsa Recipe
- Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe
- Jiffy Mexican Cornbread
- Chile Relleno Casserole Recipe
- White Cheese Dip Recipe
- Taco Spaghetti Bake
- How to Make Chipotle Corn Salsa
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion sliced
- 3 teaspoons garlic chopped
- 5 pounds chicken breast boneless and skinless
- 3 cups salsa
Instant Pot Instructions
- Use the saute function of the Instant Pot, when the oil is hot add onions, saute until almost translucent, then add the garlic. Add chicken breast and salsa. Cook on high on the manual setting for 20 minutes. Perform a quick release on the Instant Pot. Remove chicken and shred.
Slow cooker Instructions
- If you want to use a slow cooker you will need to saute the onions and garlic in a large skillet, then transfer the sauteed garlic and onions to the slow cooker. Add the chicken and salsa to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.