Instant Pot Salsa Chicken has so much flavor from lime and melted mozzarella, and this is an Instant Pot dinner the family will love. This recipe is a pressure cooker version of my super-popular Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken recipe, so you can choose whether to use the Instant Pot or the slow cooker!

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Instant Pot Salsa Chicken shown in baking dish with melted cheese

It’s no secret that I was a big slow cooker fan for many years, and now I’m a big Instant Pot fan who also still likes the slow cooker. And in the Slow Cooker Recipes section of this site there are some hugely popular recipes, and what is starting to happen quite regularly is that I’ll get a comment asking how to make one of those beloved slow cooker recipes in the Instant Pot.

I would never give those instructions without testing the recipe in the Instant Pot, and it did take me a few tries with Jake and Kara to make this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken work as well as my super-popular recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken. But we thought the final version of this was so tasty, and if you find a salsa without added sugar, it’s low in carbs as well! Hope you’ll give it a try if you like the sound of this easy low-carb salsa chicken dinner with Mexican flavors.

What ingredients do you need?

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Pace Picante Sauce (affiliate link) or other mild or medium salsa that’s low in sugar
  • fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper
  • grated Mozzarella Cheese

Why I love to use Pace Picante Sauce for Instant Pot Salsa Chicken:

I’m a big fan of Pace Picante Sauce, which I love both for the flavor and the fact that it doesn’t add many carbs for a recipe like this. Of course tomatoes have natural sugar, but some salsas have added sugar. I used medium Pace Picante Sauce for this recipe, but if you’re cooking for kids you may prefer mild salsa. And of course you can use any low-sugar salsa you prefer to make Salsa Chicken.

What size Instant Pot did I use?

I use a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for all my Instant Pot Recipes

Want more low-carb Instant Pot Dinners?

For more dinner ideas using the Instant pot check out Favorite Keto Instant Pot Recipes. And if you’re an Instant Pot fan who loves Mexican food, this recipe was featured in Low-Carb Mexican Food Dinners to make in the Instant Pot on my Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker site!

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Steps for Pressure Cooking the Instant Pot Salsa Chicken:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Trim fat and undesirable parts from the chicken, spray the pot with nonstick spray, and put chicken in the Instant Pot (affiliate link) and season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
  2. Mix the salsa and fresh lime juice. (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice for this recipe.)
  3. Pour the salsa-lime mixture over the chicken and lock the lid of the Instant Pot.
  4. Set it to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 6 minutes.
  5. Let pressure release naturally when the time is up, then remove the chicken  to a cutting board, leaving the salsa mixture in the pot.
  6. Turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE, HIGH TEMPERATURE, and cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 8-10 minutes, but keep an eye on it.
  7. While the sauce cooks down, preheat broiler and move the rack so it’s about 6 inches away from the broiler.
  8. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise and arrange them in the baking dish.

collage of steps for finishing the Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Steps for finishing the Instant Pot Salsa Chicken:

  1. When the sauce has thickened, turn off Instant Pot and spoon the sauce over the chicken in the baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle with a generous amount of grated Mozzarella.
  3. Broil until the cheese is melted and slightly starting to brown, about 3-4 minutes, but watch it carefully if you have a powerful broiler.
  4. Serve hot, with diced avocado, sour cream, or Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) to add at the table if desired.

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken in baking dish on striped napkin

More Chicken in the Instant Pot:

Green Chile Chicken Burrito Bowl

Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice Greek Chicken Bowls

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken with Lime and Melted Mozzarella found on KalynsKitchen.com
Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

This Instant Pot Salsa Chicken has lime and melted mozzarella, and it's an easy dinner the whole family will love. Make this in the slow cooker if you prefer that method!

Ingredients

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 3/4 cup, mild or medium salsa (see notes)
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (see notes)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste for seasoning chicken
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella (or more)

Instructions

  1. Trim visible fat and undesirable parts from the chicken breasts.
  2. Spray the instant pot with nonstick spray, put chicken in the Instant Pot and season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
  3. Mix the salsa and fresh lime juice. (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice for this recipe.)
  4. Pour the salsa-lime juice mixture over the chicken.
  5. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot.
  6. Set it to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 6 minutes.
  7. Let pressure release naturally when the time is up, then remove the chicken breasts to a cutting board, leaving the salsa mixture in the pot.
  8. Turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE, HIGH TEMPERATURE, and cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 8-10 minutes, but I would check it a few times.
  9. While the sauce cooks down, preheat oven broiler and move the rack so it's about 6 inches away from the broiler.
  10. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise and arrange them closely together in the baking dish.
  11. When the sauce has thickened to your linking, turn off Instant Pot and spoon the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with a generous amount of grated Mozzarella.
  12. Broil until the cheese is melted and slightly starting to brown, about 3-4 minutes, but watch it carefully if you have a powerful broiler.
  13. Serve hot, with diced avocado, sour cream, or Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) to add at the table if desired.

Notes

I used Pace Picante Sauce (affiliate link) which has 1 gram of sugar in 2 tablespoons. Be sure to use a low-sugar salsa if you're watching carbs. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice.

This recipe is an Instant Pot version of Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Lime and Melted Mozzarella. That recipe was created by Kalyn; adapted for the Instant Pot with help from Jake and Kara.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 577mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 33g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is a good dinner for low-carb and Keto diets, and this is great for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. Be sure to choose a salsa without added sugar. These will be some sugar in the tomatoes, but remember you’re only eating the small amount of the salsa that clings to the chicken. 

Find More Recipes Like This One:
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This Instant Pot Salsa Chicken was first posted in 2018, and it’s been super popular on the blog. It was last updated with more information in 2022.

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