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Salsa chicken is one of my go-to foods. It’s so easy to make. While I make this with regular salsa, I actually prefer my salsa verde (green salsa version). This is for the Instant Pot and it’s really simple. As in, even if you’re new to Instant Pot cooking, you’ll be FINE with this recipe. Seriously. You’ll only need three ingredients, cut up chicken, verde salsa, and water. Shred it up when you’re done and you can use it for Taco night or make some Keto or Low carb wraps to put it in. Any way you shred it, you can’t screw it up. You’ll need around 35-40 minutes from start to finish and you’ll have Salsa Verde Chicken for your dinner. Pinky promise. Let’s get started! And if you change what you serve this with – ie no dairy and no grains, it is Whole 30 compliant and Paleo compliant. Clean Eating Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken (Keto & Low Carb Friendly)Instant Pot Verde Salsa Chicken – With Just 3 Ingredients ( Keto & Low Carb Friendly)
I usually start with a cut up chicken (but you could sub in chicken breast). I’ve never made this with frozen chicken breast, if you decide to, let me know how it goes!
In my instant pot, I add my chicken, a 16 oz jar of salsa verde, and 16 oz of water. When I look for a salsa, I always check the ingredients. For this recipe I used Herdeez Salsa Verde, but I’ve also used Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde (which is Whole 30 approved and you can buy in store or on Amazon). Then I turn on my instant pot on the poultry setting and add some time to make sure it cooks for 30 minutes. That’s it. Pretty easy, right? If you do not have a poultry setting on your Instant pot or pressure cooker, set on manual for 30 minutes. Remember to switch the knob from venting to sealing while it cooks. A little steam may escape, that is normal, when you use your Instant Pot.
Remember to make sure you have enough time built in to get your Instant Pot to pressure — just because you input 30 minutes doesn’t mean it is done in 30 minutes. Figure on 40 minutes from start to finish and you should have enough time. Prep is really quick and you’ll have a good 30 minutes or so to sit and scroll facebook. Or Pinterest.
Once your chicken is done and you do a quick release on your Instant Pot – switch knob from sealing to venting.
Be careful and use a silicone oven mitt to do this — there will be a lot of steam. Once steam is released, open Instant Pot and take out chicken to shred it.
Serve! it will look like this. Cooked through and it will smell amazing.
Shred it up with a fork or get one of the those fun claw things!
Serve for Taco Night or use to top a salad. If you are on a Ketogenic or Low Carb Diet, make some Keto Coconut flour tortillas.
I served it to my family with yellow corn tortillas – so this is all gluten-free.
Here’s a link to the YouTube Video I made — https://youtu.be/T2ZktHcfVaY
By the way, Tacos can be healthy (yes, I’m not kidding). Use whole grain taco shells or serve over greens. I also use plain nonfat yogurt and reduced fat cheese. Sometimes I add beans, but guac is always a must.
If you are following Low Carb or Keto, you could totally eat this over cauliflower rice or over greens, adding in guac or more veggies.
Here’s my regular Instant Pot Salsa Chicken post.
Here’s My Go To Rice Recipe
And if you want a great rice to make, here’s my Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice Recipe (make this BEFORE your chicken)
Use a Slow Cooker?
Salsa used https://amzn.to/2RI3B8H
This Salsa Verde is Whole 30 approved — get at Trader Joe’s or on Amazon.
Instant Pot – this one is at a good price for $79 on Amazon
Need the meat shredder claws? Why not get these on Amazon?
Recipe: Instant Pot Verde Salsa Chicken (With Just 3 Ingredients) – author Nancy Horn of The Mama Maven Blog
- 1 package (1 OR 2 lbs) cut up chicken or chicken breast
- 16 ounces Salsa Verde (Green Tomatillo Salsa)
- 16 ounces water
- Add chicken to Instant Pot
- Add Salsa Verde
- Add Water
- Turn on Instant Pot to Poultry setting and add time until it's set for 30 minutes. If you do not have a poultry setting on your Instant pot or pressure cooker, set on manual for 30 minutes.
- After Instant Pot is done, switch knob from sealing to venting.
- Be careful and use a silicone oven mitt to do this -- there will be a lot of steam. Once steam is released, open Instant Pot and take out chicken to shred it.