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Instant Pot (or slow cooker) Shredded Salsa Chicken

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Looing down onto a wooden tabletop with all the ingredients displayed to make Instant Pot Shredded Salsa Chicken, along with some freshly homemade corn tortillas.

Make multiple dinners with this one Shredded Salsa Chicken recipe

Last week I made Stuffed Sopapillas– a regional state of New Mexico dish. This time I stuffed them with Salsa Chicken, a recipe from my own cookbook, New Mexican Food Made Easy (see below the recipe). I’ve always slow cooked it for about 3 hours in a Dutch oven, but this time I used the Instant Pot and a jar of The Fresh Chile Co. Papa’s Salsa made with authentic Hatch chile and just the right seasonings. It was incredibly tasty and I just had to share the recipe with my readers!

Shredded Salsa Chicken can be eaten as it is or used in all sorts of recipes- it’s great for taco salad, burrito or sopapilla stuffing, taco meat, loaded nachos, homemade taquitos, etc. It’s one of my family’s favorites and is always the most delicious when I use real Hatch chile salsa!

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Growing up in New Mexico where chile peppers are an integral part of the culture, I know that Hatch chiles have earned a reputation for being the best of the best. I personally only use authentic Hatch in all my cooking because it simply tastes amazing. You should be able to find canned Hatch chile in any supermarket these days, or you can order it directly like I do. Frozen chile is much, much better tasting than canned!

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How to make Shredded Salsa Chicken

Pour out an entire 16 ounce jar of salsa into the bottom of your instant pot.

Add in some black beans, canned or frozen corn (I forgot I was all out of corn when I made this recipe last week), and cream cheese.

Next, place frozen chicken breasts right on top and season with salt and pepper, or your favorite chicken seasoning mix. No need to add water, just shut the lid and program it to pressure cook on high for the recommended time (down in the recipe below).

Shred the chicken and stir it around with the rest of the ingredients, then stir in a large dollop of sour cream. Soooooo fantastically delicious!

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Did you know I have a full-color cookbook with lots more easy and delicious New Mexican recipes? You can learn more about it here!

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Instant Pot Southwestern Salsa Chicken

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x


Simply add a jar of your favorite salsa, some canned black beans, a few frozen chicken breasts, and some dollops of cream cheese to the instant pot. Cook, shred, stir in sour cream, and serve. Eat it on it’s own or use as a filling for quesadillas, taquitos, sopapillas, burritos, enchiladas and so much more!


Units Scale
  • 1 16ounce jar of The Fresh Chile Company’s Papa’s Salsa (or your favorite salsa)
  • 1/3 cup black beans
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 2 ounces of cream cheese, cut into 4 pieces
  • 23 frozen chicken breasts (for fresh see notes)
  • salt and pepper (or your prefered chicken seasoning)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • optional: freshly chopped cilantro


  1. Empty the entire jar of salsa into the bottom of the instant pot. Add the black beans and corn. Place pieces of cream cheese over the top, then place the chicken breast on top. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste, or season with your favorite chicken seasoning.
  2. Close the lid and set the Instant pot to pressure cook on high for 25 minutes for large chicken breast (12-16 oz) or 17 minutes for medium size chicken breasts (9-12 oz). Allow the instant pot to release pressure naturally for 15 minutes, then open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  3. Shred the chicken and stir in the sour cream. Sprinkle with cilantro if using. Serve.


If you want to use fresh chicken breast meat, tap the meat/stew button on your Instant pot and set to cook for 20 minutes. It should be extremely easy to shred and very moist.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Southwestern American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Did you know I have a full-color cookbook with lots more easy and delicious New Mexican recipes? You can learn more about it here!

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