Instant Pot Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Burrito Bowl
This Instant Pot Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Burrito Bowl is a delicious summer dinner that won’t heat up your kitchen! Use the Pressure Cooker Index to find more Instant Pot recipes like this one!
This Instant Pot Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Burrito Bowl was inspired by the Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls that I made years ago, but this Instant Pot version has a few twists. First, I left out the black beans to make this a low-carb recipe (and you could certainly do that with the slow cooker version as well.) Second I used frozen cauliflower rice this time for easier prep; take your choice on that. (Check The BEST Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion if you prefer to use fresh cauliflower.) And third, I had some cherry tomatoes that were just begging to be added to the avocado salsa, which made the dish tastier and more colorful.
When I tested this recipe with Jake and Kara, it took us two tries to get a winner, but we loved the final version of these green chile chicken burrito bowls made in the Instant Pot! We used both green chile salsa and canned diced green chiles (Anaheim chiles, not jalapenos!) for a double-dose of green chile flavor and then added a Poblano Chile to add even more flavor to the cauliflower rice. If you’re a fan of green chile chicken I hope you’ll like this idea for a summer dinner that won’t heat up the kitchen! And this makes about 6 servings, so I am recommending it as a Weekend Food Prep idea as well; enjoy!
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Take the cauliflower rice out of the freezer to thaw when you start preparing the chicken. Cut four chicken breasts into strips so they’re easier to shred apart later. Put chicken into the Instant Pot with low-sugar salsa verde and canned diced green chiles, lock the lid, and set to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 8 minutes. When the cooking time is up, use NATURAL RELEASE for 10 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure. Remove chicken to a cutting board to cool while you turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE, MEDIUM HEAT and cook the sauce to reduce it, about 8-10 minutes. When chicken is cool, shred chicken apart and put it back into the Instant Pot to mix with the flavorful green chile sauce. You can use the pressure cooker to keep it warm if needed.
While the chicken cooks, first combine diced avocados, diced tomatoes, green onions, olive oil, lime juice, and a little salt to make the tomato-avocado salsa. (If you’re doing Weekend Food Prep, I would only make half the salsa and make the rest when you eat the leftovers.)
Then chop onion and Poblano chile for the cauliflower rice. Cook onion for a few minutes in a frying pan, add chopped poblano and cook a litte more, then add a little ground cumin. Add the thawed cauliflower rice and cook 6-8 minutes, or until it’s cooked through and all liquid has evaporated, (Cooking time will depend on how thawed the frozen cauliflower rice is. Check your package for cooking time from frozen and cook slightly less time for thawed.)
Put a generous amount of cauliflower rice into a bowl, top with a scoop of the green chile chicken and sauce, then top with a scoop of the tomato-avocado salsa.
This was delicious as shown but other toppings could be added such as salsa, grated cheese, sour cream or guacamole!
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More Green Chile Chicken Recipes to Enjoy!
Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chicken Chile Verde ~ Little Ferraro Kitchen
Low-Carb Twice-Cooked Chicken with Green Chiles and Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitche
Easy Cheesy White Chicken Chili Stuffed Peppers ~ The BakerMama
Low-Carb Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Tacos ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Chile Rellenos Chicken Soup ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Weekend Food Prep:
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Instant Pot Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Burrito Bowl
This Instant Pot Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Burrito Bowl is a delicious summer dinner that won’t heat up your kitchen!
Green Chile Chicken Ingredients:
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into strips
- 1 cup green chile salsa (Look for a green chile salsa without much sugar, see notes for what we used.)
- 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles (Anaheim chiles, not jalapenos!)
Tomato-Avocado Salsa Ingredients:
- 2 avocados, diced and tossed with 1 T lime juice
- 1 1/2 cups diced tomato or cherry tomatoes cut in half
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 T olive oil
- 3 T fresh lime juice (1 T is for tossing with avocado and the rest is for the salsa. See note about the lime juice I used.)
- salt to taste
Cauliflower Rice Ingredients:
- about 6 cups frozen cauliflower rice (We used two 12 oz. packages, but if you have the big package from Costco, just measure out 6 cups.)
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped small
- 1 large Poblano chile pepper, seeds and stem removed and finely diced (These are often called Pasilla Peppers in U.S. grocery stores.)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- 2 T fresh lime juice to toss with the cooked rice (optional)
- Measure out about 6 cups frozen cauliflower rice, break apart lumps, and let it thaw on the counter.
- Trim chicken breasts and cut each one lengthwise into 2 or 3 strips (so you’ll have shorter pieces of chicken when you shred the cooked chicken apart.)
- Put chicken into the Instant Pot with the Salsa Verde and diced green chiles.
- Lock the lid and set Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 8 minutes.
- When the cooking time is up, use NATURAL RELEASE for 10 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure manually.
- Remove chicken to a cutting board to cool while you turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE, MEDIUM HEAT and cook the sauce to reduce it, about 8-10 minutes.
- When it’s cool, shred shred chicken apart and put it back into the Instant Pot to mix with the flavorful green chile sauce. You can use the pressure cooker to keep it warm if needed.
- While chicken cooks, dice avocados and toss with 1 T lime juice, dice tomatoes, and slice green onions. Toss the diced avocado, diced tomato, and sliced green onion with the olive oil, other 2 T fresh lime juice, and a little salt to make the salsa. (If you’re doing Weekend Food Prep, I would only make half the salsa and make the rest when you eat the leftovers.)
- Chop the onion and cut out seeds and stem from the Poblano chile and finely chop the chile.
- Heat 2 T olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium high heat; add the chopped onion and cook 2-3 minutes. Add the finely diced poblano and cooker 2-3 minutes more. The add the ground cumin and cook about a minute more.
- Add the cauliflower rice and cook, stirring frequently, until all the liquid has evaporated, the rice is hot, and it’s cooked through. This will take about 6-8 minutes, depending on how thawed the cauliflower is, but start to check after about 5 minutes. Season the cooked cauliflower rice with salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste, and stir in the lime juice if you like the idea of an extra touch of lime.
- To assemble the finished bowl meal, put a generous amount of cauliflower rice into a bowl, top with a generous scoop of the green chile chicken with sauce, and top with Tomato-Avocado salsa.
- If you’re making this for Weekend Food Prep, I would only make half the amount of salsa when you eat this the first time. Refrigerate the leftover shredded chicken and cooked cauliflower rice separately. When you’re ready to eat leftovers, make the rest of the salsa and heat the chicken and cauliflower rice in the microwave or in a pan on the stove.
We used a 6-Quart Instant Pot for this recipe.
This recipe inspired by Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls; this Instant Pot version was created by Kalyn and tested with Jake and Kara.All images and text ©
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Instant Pot Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Burrito Bowl is a good bowl meal for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the South Beach Diet as long as you use salsa verde without added sugar. We used Herdez Salsa Verde that has no added sugar and only one carb per tablespoon. Tomatoes have some carbs, so you could use less tomatoes than we did if you prefer.
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