Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken with honey and lime, made in just 25 minutes! Perfect filling for tacos, enchiladas or served with rice.
Just like my Instant Pot Chicken Tacos and Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas, this recipe is quick and easy and requires only a few ingredients.
INSTANT POT SALSA VERDE CHICKEN
One of the easiest chicken dishes you can make in your Instant Pot is this Salsa Verde Chicken. I used boneless skinless chicken breast and cooked it in chicken stock (you can use water), lime juice, honey, spices and salsa verde. Once it's done, all you need to do is shred it and it's ready to be served. It's also perfect for meal prep as it can be made ahead for various dishes.
How to make Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken?
- Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot.
- Add chicken stock and lime juice to Instant Pot insert. Place chicken in liquid.
- Sprinkle seasoning over chicken. Drizzle honey and add garlic on top. Pour salsa verde over chicken. Do not stir.
- Close lid, set valve to sealing and cook chicken on a manual setting for 15 minutes.
- Once the timer is done, wait 2 minutes, then release the pressure. Open lid and shred chicken.
Can I use Frozen Chicken to make this dish?
Yes, you can use frozen chicken breasts to make this dish. Add 3 more minutes to cooking time. Also, the Instant Pot will take longer to come to pressure since the chicken is frozen.
How to serve Salsa Verde Chicken?
- with rice
- in casseroles
Can I freeze this chicken?
Yes, cooked salsa verde chicken can be frozen. Make sure to cool the chicken completely after pressure cooking. Then divide into freezer bags (portion our for specific meals) and freeze for up to 3 months.
More Instant Pot Chicken Recipes:
Instant Pot Whole Roasted Chicken
More Instant Pot Chicken Recipes.
If you like this recipe and make it, snap a photo and share it on INSTAGRAM! Tag me @crunchycreamysweet so I can check it out and leave a comment! 😀
Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken
- 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
- ¼ cup chicken stock or water
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 cup salsa verde I used Herdez, mild
- Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot.
- Add chicken stock (or water) and lime juice to insert. Place chicken breasts in liquid.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin over chicken.
- Drizzle honey over chicken, top with garlic.
- Pour salsa verde over chicken. Do not stir.
- Close lid, set valve to sealing position (newer models do not require that).
- Press manual setting, make sure your IP is set to cook at HIGH pressure.
- Set timer to 15 minutes. The IP will beep and start coming to pressure, which will take about 10 minutes.
- Once the timer is done, wait 2 minutes, then switch the valve to venting to release pressure.
- Carefully open the lid away from your face, remove chicken onto a plate and shred with forks. Return chicken to IP and stir in with liquid.
Tia G. says
This recipe has become a staple in our house as my youngest requests it at least every other week. It's so simple, and I always keep a jar of Salsa Verde in the house in case he asks for it. (I have tried a few, but typically use the Wegmans brand, as I think it's got the best flavor!) The flavors are great together and it's something everyone in our family enjoys! Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe!
Thank you for making my recipe, Tia! I am so glad it made dinner time easier!
Love the IP chicken taco (I used Herndez sauce also) recipe. Of course it’s fast and easy to put together, and it tastes great- the secret ingredient is the honey. Love the sauce it makes, perfect ratios. Big hit!
A staple for meal prep in our home. Thank you for putting the 18min for frozen chicken breast instructions as well. If I’m really lazy I just sub in siete mild taco seasonings for the seasonings part. If
I’m not too lazy after it’s done I’ll sauté it with some nutritional yeast to thicken it up. For the green salsa, the tomatillo green salsa from Trader Joe’s is amazing for this recipe. Thank you again for sharing this easy and amazing recipe. Clean up is so easy making it in the insert and my family absolutely loves this recipe!
I have made this dozens of times. It’s always a hit. I especially like it on homemade nachos. Friends demand it!
Making this recipe right now. I didn't have herdez green salsa so I substituted with macayos green enchilada souce. I hope it still works. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
I hope you loved it!
I have a pressure cooker and no insert. Can this be done without the insert?
By stainless steel inert, I believe she means the actual pot part (see pictures). And yes you would need that part. But I dont think you need a rack or any other insert.
Robyn Garber says
I am going to try this. How long would I cook it with one bone in split chicken breast?
Playing a little game I like to call Use All the Random Condiments in My Fridge to Make Up for a Disappointing Grocery Delivery. Salsa Verde was one. Thanks! Planning to use it in quinoa bowls with roasted sweet potato and maybe some spinach.
Haha! Perfect! Thank you so much, Gina!
cooking this one tonight Anna!!
Yay! I hope you love it!
What would be the cook time if using chicken thighs?
Becca B says
May I please ask, why do you say to use the stainless steel insert, specifically? I like my non-stick insert.
Love your recipes.
Hi Becca! I mention the stainless steel insert because it is the most common. You can use any insert you have. Hope this helps!
Can you cut out the honey - what do you think would be the result?
How could you cut the time down to 6. Min if wanting to add a pot of rice in as well?
Hi Donna! I did not test this recipe with 6 minute cooking time and rice. If you want the chicken shreddable, you will need to cook it for 15 minutes, as the recipe recommends.
Shane Durfey says
Can you cook with frozen chicken breasts?
I absolutely LOVE this recipe!! It sounds incredibly delicious!!
Becky Hardin says
I love that you cook this in the instant pot! And how delicious this is!
Ruby Zuniga says
This recipe is delicious. I made it today. I didn't have line juice, so I squeezed 2 tangerines into it. It's so yummy. Thank you.
That's wonderful! I love that you used tangerines! Thank you for trying my recipe, Ruby!
Oh Anna! I have just found you. Can't wait to try all your beautiful recipes. Thanks for the help!
Hi Terri! Welcome to my blog! If you ever have any questions about recipes or requests for new ones, feel free to let me know. I am always happy to help! Have a beautiful day!
Such an easy healthy recipe. LOVE IT!
Thank you, Krissy!
Loving this Instant Pot recipe! So flavorful and easy to put together.