Cilantro Lime Chicken
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 18
Rating: 4.44
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Poultry
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
4 - 6 servings
Ingredients
Pot Mixture:
  • 3 cups fresh salsa 24 ounces
  • 1 oz taco seasoning 1 package
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 15 oz black beans rinsed and drained 1 can
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced (optional)
To Finish:
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • white rice quinoa, or tortillas (optional)
  • avocado lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese (optional)
Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Poultry
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
4 - 6 servings
Ingredients
Pot Mixture:
  • 3 cups fresh salsa 24 ounces
  • 1 oz taco seasoning 1 package
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 15 oz black beans rinsed and drained 1 can
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced (optional)
To Finish:
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • white rice quinoa, or tortillas (optional)
  • avocado lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese (optional)
Votes: 18
Rating: 4.44
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Add Pot Mixture ingredients to the pot and stir to combine.
  2. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  3. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 12 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the meat from the pot to a cutting board and shred.
  6. Return the shredded meat to the pot and add cilantro. Stir to combine.
  7. (Optional) Serve over rice, quinoa or in warmed tortillas. Garnish with lime wedges and cheese.
22 replies
  1. K9katrina
    K9katrina says:

    So tasty! This recipe is a keeper! I added a small can of green chilies,1 jalapeno, 1 bell pepper and one full cup of water.
    My husband loved this recipe!

  2. zipman4
    zipman4 says:

    Tried the recipe tonight for the first time. But my pot said burn. Nothing seems burnt but the chicken was kind of stuck to the bottom so i added more water. See what happens. It does smell wonderful

  3. mickeys28
    mickeys28 says:

    This came out really well. I just had to add a little water as it said burn twice during cooking.

  4. mickeys28
    mickeys28 says:

    I liked this recipe, my kids did not like the cilantro to much but everyone enjoyed it. I got the burn notice but added more liquid.

  5. Sammy218
    Sammy218 says:

    Great flavor! I added more water (3/4 cup rather than 1/4 cup) based on the other reviews. It did burn a bit on the bottom, but it was still excellent.

  6. Tkubishta
    Tkubishta says:

    Easy and excellent the Rice prepares at the same amount of time on the stove top as the chicken takes in the Insta pot. I did not have salsa so I substituted 2 cups of diced tomatoes and 2/3 cup ketchup with a little bit of Worcestershire sauce and tamariAnd oyster sauce.Wonderful

  7. Dean88
    Dean88 says:

    By far my favourite instantpot recipe. It was so good… the lime and cilantro combo can’t be beat!!

  8. Pete Sut
    Pete Sut says:

    I made this with Garden Fresh salsa and diced tomatoes with green chili’s (3 cups combined) to make up for not enough salsa and no jalapeño. Also used 2.85 pounds of chicken breasts.
    My results were too watery which diluted the seasonings. Not sure, but the chicken probably added significant liquid. I’ll try it again sticking to the recipe.

  9. RobertsMom
    RobertsMom says:

    HORRIBLE recipe. Started out adding double the water that was called for (made a double recipe, so i added 1 cup of water), since the tomato base made me nervous.

    BURN.

    Opened it up, scraped the hell out of the pot, add TWO MORE CUPS of water (if you’re keeping track, I’ve now added six times as much water as called for.

    BURN.

    Released pressure, set it to saute to finish cooking the chicken. Can’t afford to throw away food, so we ate it, even though it was tough and scorched-tasting. Never

  10. MHeds6591
    MHeds6591 says:

    OK. A bit dry. Needed more spice. Should have used medium salsa not mild. Could have used some red pepper flakes too.

  11. ttalbert75
    ttalbert75 says:

    This was easy to make and very tasty. I love cilantro so doubled up. Next time, I would probably try to also double up the taco seasoning. Great recipe!

  12. Lcalderwood
    Lcalderwood says:

    How do you add more water without waiting for the pressure to release all the way? I added a full cup of water and still got the burn notice three times.

  13. Dyinmd
    Dyinmd says:

    Very tasty i used chicken breast tenders and fresh salsa and the exact measurements and did not get any burn notice it smelled and tasted great with over rice with avocado and cheese

  14. Rkoontz
    Rkoontz says:

    Was very simple and easy. I made mine a little extra spicy and used homemade taco seasoning and the flavors were there! Also used frozen chicken and set the pressure to low for 20-25 minutes and the chicken came out perfect

  15. Alex Nelson
    Alex Nelson says:

    I really liked this recipe and will probably do it again. I got the burn notice but I was expecting it so I just ignored it and let the Instant pot do it’s thing – it was fine. Nothing burned and it was perfectly tasty.

    I made a few simple substitutions. I combined a bunch of jars of leftover salsa I had to make the three cups instead of fresh, and I used hot sauce because I didn’t have jalapenos. I also didn’t have a fresh lime, but I just squeezed in some refrigerated lime juice. All of these substitutions worked perfectly fine. Next time, I will set the pressure cooker for 14 minutes instead of 12 so the chicken is a bit more tender and easy to pull apart.

    The first night we put this on tortillas for tacos and they were pretty good. The second night we put these on some tortilla chips with queso and refried beans for nachos and they were BOMB. Highly recommend.

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