Instant Pot Cheesy Salsa Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
So much flavor from simple ingredients! This chicken is also perfect for tacos, taco salad, or enchiladas.

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 4 - large boneless chicken breasts
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 - cup(s) hot water**
  • 1 - cup(s) red salsa
  • 2 - Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 - cup(s) shredded cheese**
  • 1/2 - cup(s) sour cream**
  • Side: - rice**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Place the chicken breasts in the base of the electric pressure cooker insert and sprinkle with taco seasoning and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour the hot water and red salsa around the chicken
  2. Steam valve: Sealing.
  3. Cook on: Manual/High for 25 minutes.
  4. Release: Natural or Quick.
  5. Once cooked, shred the chicken with 2 forks. Stir in the sour cream and shredded cheese and mix until cheesy salsa chicken forms.
  6. Cook the rice as directed.
  7. Prepare salad for side dish.
  8. Serve Instant Pot Cheesy Salsa Chicken over rice, with salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

    To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie in a round bowl/dish, add the following ingredients:

    • 4 large boneless chicken breasts
    • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
    • 16 oz. red salsa
    • Salt and pepper
    • Do NOT add the sour cream and shredded cheese to the freezer bags.

    Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

    Freeze & Thaw Instructions

    Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to pressure cooker insert with hot water. Pressure cook as directed. Stir in the sour cream and shredded cheese after pressure cooking.

    Special notes

    Add 5-10 minutes of pressure cooking time, if cooking from completely frozen or partially frozen. Note that preheat time and release time may vary by appliance. See for more tips and tricks.

    Dairy-Free Modifications

    Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free option for this meal.

    Gluten-Free Modifications

    Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten free sides.

    Printable Label Recipe Title

    Instant Pot Cheesy Salsa Chicken

    Printable Label Instructions

    Thaw, add hot water to Instant Pot and then add contents of baggie. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes with sealed valve; then natural release. Shred chicken with 2 forks and mix in the sour cream and shredded cheese.
    Serve over rice with salad.