Instant Pot Mexican Chicken

Over the weekend there was a sale at Kroger on bags of frozen chicken, so I stocked up on a few of them! But, I already had some frozen chicken in the freezer, so I decided that I would try a new recipe! I have heard some bloggers out there talking about using a jar of salsa to season chicken, and I was curious. Most of the recipes were in the crockpot, but I wanted to try it out in my Crock Pot Express. (my instant pot)


I love having the ability to cook meats quickly, and still have a tender, flavorful product. In the “pressure cooker”, you need to have some liquid for it to cook properly. Otherwise, you wind up with an error code. I knew the salsa was probably not enough, and I wanted the chicken tender enough to shred. I decided to go with chicken broth and salsa so as to give the chicken more flavor.

This easy chicken recipe can be used in so many recipes.

I can tell you that it turned out AMAZING and full of flavor, with just a little kick. (a kid friendly kick, because I am also a huge wimp) The reason I wanted it to be tender enough to shred is because I was using it for taco salad. You could also use this chicken as a main dish(served with Mexican rice and a veggie), for enchiladas, soups, tacos/burritos, or even fajitas.

Best of all, you set it and walk away. For taco salad, I used a bag of tortilla chips, 2 cans of black beans, guac, avocado slices, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream. If you are dairy free like I have to be, sprinkling a little nutritional yeast on top will give a little cheese taste.


Basically you crunch up the tortilla chips and layer whatever ingredients you want and enjoy. The kids will all love it, and will go back for more. And so will you because it is delicious, and the way the salsa/broth combo soaks into the chips…mmm! Here is the recipe for this versatile Mexican Chicken. 

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken
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  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • 3/4 jar of your favorite salsa
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • Salt and Pepper

  1. Place chicken in the pressure cooker.
  2. Pour chicken broth over the chicken.
  3. A few shakes of salt and pepper on the chicken.
  4. Pour the salsa as evenly as possible over the chicken.
  5. Close and lock the pressure cooker.
  6. Make sure the steam valve is closed.
  7. Press the Poultry button.
  8. Cook for 25 minutes on high pressure.
  9. Allow pressure to release naturally at the end of cooking or wait 10 minutes and use a utensil or oven mitt to open the valve and release the steam.
  10. * If you are shredding this is easily done using two forks. Stab one fork into the chicken and use the other to pull the chicken apart into shredded pieces.

Yield: 6-8


Meal Planning & 2019 Content

Last year, I spent a little time testing some weekly meal plans and weekly recipes. I love meal planning, because in my opinion it winds up saving you money in the long run. Lately though, I have been making meals out of what I have on hand and based on what I find at a great price.

Last week, I got a good deal on chicken breasts. I had a bunch of salsa, tortilla chips, dry black beans, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes and avocado. I cooked the chicken in the instant pot with Salsa and chicken broth. Then, I cooked the black beans in the instant pot. I shredded the chicken and we had Chicken Taco Salad. It was very easy and it was a big hit in our house.

In the shop, I currently have two meal plans. They both have all the recipes and a grocery list for you to download and print or just save. For the next week, they are completely free! So, if you are struggling with meal planning right now, go grab them both for free. These are all easy, kid friendly recipes! Enjoy! Download your free meal plans here!

This year, I have chosen to narrow down my focus and will be spending a majority of my time writing a book! However, I love recipes and cooking, so I will be posting a new recipe with a video once a month. I will also have one post out each week that pertains to parenting, marriage, etc. It is my hope that you will find these posts encouraging and that they will resonate with you.

I would love your feedback! Message me and tell me what you want to talk about this year! Do you have questions about parenting, marriage, cooking, meal planning? My goal is to serve you and encourage you this year! Let me know!

P.S. If you host a small group and need a meal idea, here are two of my groups favorites : Chili and Turkey Meatballs. I usually ask everyone to bring a side dish, chili topping, paper plates or bowls, and drinks!

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year! I took a little time off in December to spend with my family and finish up school, but I am excited to be back blogging! Every year, I try to re-evalutae the blog and see what worked and what didn’t work. This is how I wind up planning much of the content I post during the year.

So, last year I chose a word for the very first time and published it on the blog. I chose the word grateful, and even though I wasn’t always grateful, having the word helped me a lot. Being conscious of that word helped me to grow in so many ways last year, and helped me to catch myself when I was being ungrateful. It also reminded me to cut some things out of my life that were breeding discontent and anxiety. So, my word of the year experiment was pretty successful.

This year, I am choosing two words. One is a personal word and one is a professional word. My personal word is present and my professional word is complete. This year, I want to make a conscious effort to be more present with my family. I want to unplug and spend more quality time with all of my kids and my husband.

My professional word is something that I need to help me be intentional about completing my goals. This year, I managed to raise baby chicks into full grown chickens and now we are seeing the fruit of that labor because we have an abundant supply of fresh, delicious, eggs. I can only imagine what could happen for me professionally if I push through and complete my professional goals this year.

I haven’t made any resolutions, but I have made some goals for this year. I am excited to see how this year goes, and what happens in my life. How about you? Do you have a word for the year? Any lofty or even small goals?

P.S. One great thing I did was take a Make Over Your Mornings Course from Crystal Paine this year. If you are struggling in the mornings, why not give it a try? M