This salsa verde chicken recipe is packed with flavor. Make this easy chicken recipe in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.
Updated 2020 with Instant Pot instructions
What Is Salsa Verde?
Verde means green in Spanish. Salsa verde literally means green salsa. Salsa verde is made with tomatillos as the main ingredient while ‘regular’ salsa is made using red tomatoes as the base. I always make my own salsa verde to use in this recipe. It’s easy to make and tomatillos are readily available at my local grocery store. Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with using store-bought sala verde. Most brands of store-bought salsa tend to use all-natural ingredients.
Salsa Verde Chicken
I did more than add Instant Pot instructions when I updated this recipe. Originally, this was a 2-ingredient recipe: chicken & salsa verde. It was with just those 2 ingredients! But…a few more don’t hurt. I also updated this salsa verde chicken recipe by adding salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and garlic. I like to use boneless, skineless chicken breasts with this recipe. If you like dark meat, you can swap in chicken thighs. If you don’t plan on shredded the meat, you can use bone-in chicken.
Shred The Chicken
You’ll know the slow cooker or pressure cooker salsa verde chicken is done when it shreds easily with a fork. Seriously, if you take it out and it doesn’t shred easily then put it back in and cook it for another 30 minutes in the slow cooker or another 3 minutes in the pressure cooker. I shred my chicken with two forks. I’ve seen people use a hand mixer, that seems to work well too.
How To Serve Salsa Verde Chicken
You can use this shredded salsa verde chicken in so many different ways. It’s great in enchiladas, tacos, burritos, casseroles, soups, or even as a protein in a dinner salad. The sky is the limit with this chicken. Of course you can just eat the shredded chicken with your preferred sides. To keep things low-carb, paleo, and whole30, I like to serve my shredded salsa verde chicken with mashed cauliflower and a small salad. It’s also great with rice (cauliflower rice, white, or brown).
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Low-Carb, Paleo, Whole30
If you use my salsa verde recipe to make this, then this dish is low-carb, paleo, and whole30 compliant. If you’re using a store-bought salsa verde, be sure to check the labels if you have specific dietary restrictions.Print
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups salsa verde
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.
Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)
- Add all the ingredients to the pressure cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Close and seal vent. Select high pressure for 15 minutes. When done cooking, natural release 5 minutes then quick release remaining pressure.
LAST STEP: Remove the chicken from the appliance, shred it, place it back in the slow cooker or pressure cooker.
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