shredded salsa chicken made with 4 ingredients

Spicy Shredded Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

  • Author: Tara Kuczykowski
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups shredded chicken
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This delicious spicy shredded Instant Pot salsa chicken recipe is equally perfect for weeknight dinners and weekend meal prep! It’s easy to prepare, super versatile, and freezes well. Just 4 ingredients and under 40 minutes prep to table!


  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2-lbs.)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 (16-oz.) container restaurant-style salsa, divided
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)


  1. Place the stainless steel insert pot into the Instant Pot base, along with the included steamer insert. Pour in chicken stock.
  2. Arrange the chicken breasts, on top of the steamer insert. Stir the taco seasoning into the salsa. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the salsa/seasoning mixture, and pour the rest over top of the chicken.
  3. Lock the lid on top of the Instant Pot and make sure the steam release knob is turned to “sealing”.
  4. Press the Manual (Pressure Cook for the new IP-DUO60) button on the front. High pressure should automatically be selected, but if it’s not for some reason, press the Pressure button to toggle it to high.
  5. Use the plus or minus buttons to set the cook time to 15 minutes. Wait a few seconds and you should hear a beep. At this point, the display will read “on”, indicating that the Instant Pot is pressuring up. Once it comes to pressure (about 9-10 minutes), it will switch to the timer to pressure cook the chicken for 15 minutes.
  6. When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally (NPR) for 5 minutes. Then use a thick towel or a pair of tongs to turn the steam release knob to “venting” to release any remaining pressure.
  7. Once the pressure is released, remove the lid and transfer the chicken breasts to a platter with a pair of silicone-tipped tongs and shred with two forks.
  8. While you’re shredding the chicken, press the Sauté button and then the Adjust button to select “high” to reduce the remaining chicken stock mixture in half.
  9. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button to turn the Instant Pot off. Then add the shredded chicken and remaining salsa/seasoning mixture and stir.
  10. Serve warm with cut lime wedges (optional).


Frozen chicken breasts: You can use frozen chicken breasts in this recipe. Keep in mind that the Instant Pot will take slightly longer to come to pressure, and add an additional 5 minutes to the cook time (for a total of 20 minutes).

Storage: Cooked salsa chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Alternately, you can place is in a freezer Ziploc bag and freezer for up to two months.