Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)

Easy Instant Pot Mexican shredded chicken recipe

Try this easy and fast Instant Pot Mexican shredded chicken recipe!

Yes, this Instant Pot pressure cooker chicken recipe is easy and fast, but it is also full of flavor! I love this Mexican shredded chicken on a salad, in a tortilla, and on nachos. Yum! It tastes pretty good by itself too actually. There are lots of ways to enjoy this delicious shredded chicken!

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The flavor of this Mexican shredded chicken hinges largely on the salsa verde. I have used a few different brands with great results! Just try to make sure you like the salsa verde that you choose for this recipe so you will like the flavor of the chicken too.

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I think it’s pretty awesome that this is a one-pot recipe. It can all be done right in the Instant Pot insert – mix, cook, and shred.

Cook time in the Instant Pot is only 12 minutes, but keep in mind that it may take 10-15 minutes to come to pressure. And plan on another 10 minutes to release the pressure when cooking time is done too. (I added those minutes to the “prep time” of the recipe.)

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Another great feature of this Mexican shredded chicken recipe is that the chicken freezes well. Prepare it all the way through, then let it cool enough to seal it in a bag and stick it in the freezer. To reheat, I usually dump it into a skillet over medium or medium-low heat and add a little water if it seems to dry out while warming up.

Instant Pot or slow cooker Mexican shredded chicken recipe

Low Carb Recipe

The recipe ingredients are all pretty low carb, except for the honey. If you get 8 servings out of it, then 1/8 of the 1/4 cup of honey in the recipe is about 8 carbs per serving. Of course, there’s a good amount of the sauce that doesn’t even stay on the chicken, so the carbs would probably be even lower in actuality. Then serve the chicken with low carb options, like salad or riced cauliflower.

Note: The serving amount will depend on how many pounds of chicken you cook and how you serve it.

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Instant Pot salsa verde shredded chicken breast recipe for tacos, nachos, salad, and more

Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 25 mins | Cook Time: 12 mins
Serves: 8


  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2-3 cloves, minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Add the salsa verde, honey, liquid smoke, chili powder, salt, oregano, cumin, garlic, paprika, and pepper to the Instant Pot and whisk together. Nestle the chicken into the sauce.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually quick release the remaining pressure.
  3. Shred the chicken right in the pot. Stir in the fresh cilantro. Add additional salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  4. Serving ideas: tacos, enchiladas, burritos, salad, quesadillas, nachos, over rice, etc.


Slow Cooker Cooking Instructions: Cook on low for 6-7 hours. If mixture starts to look dry during cooking, add 1/2 cup or so of chicken broth. Everything else is the same as the instructions above!

Recipe Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Ingredients: Chicken, Honey
Meal Type: Main Dish, Salads, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Mexican, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker

Comments & Reviews

  • Marcie D

    I’m confused. The Nutrition Facts says there are only 220 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 12 grams of Carbs. But, you state that one serving has 8 grams of carbs. Can you please elaborate for me to understand?

    • Melanie

      Hi, Marcie D. In the post, I broke it down to the amount of carbs with my specific ingredients that I used. The nutrition facts will always vary depending on which brands ingredients you use and the serving size you get out of it. So the Nutrition Facts box is almost always just a close estimate.

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