Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

In anticipation of the double-whammy of Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day, I present to you this super easy Mexican-inspired chicken taco recipe. Busy mamas will appreciate that this dump-it-in-and-forget-it recipe tastes exponentially better than the effort expended. Better yet, it’s so simple that your kitchen-challenged partner or kids can make it for you while you relax in front of the boob tube. Personally, I don’t always have the desire or energy to cook dinner, and my favorite meal is the one someone else cooks for me. Might as well make dinner prep easy on everyone, and just throw everything into an Instant Pot!

I’ve included directions for using either boneless and skinless breasts or thighs. I’m a thigh girl myself, but I tested and photographed this pressure cooker recipe using breasts—one of my least favorite cuts—because I know that many of you prefer it to chicken thighs. (See how much I love you guys? You’re welcome, chicken breast lovers!) I still recommend using chicken thighs in this recipe ’cause breasts can easily overcook in a pressure cooker if you don’t remove the chicken right away.

Final note before we get started: my kiddos love using Siete Foods’ grain-free tortillas to wrap their tacos, but feel free to substitute lettuce leaves if you’re going old-skool Paleo or low-carb. You can also enjoy the savory chicken in omelets, or topped on salad greens. Olé!

Serves 6

Ingredients

Equipment

Method

Arrange the chicken in a single layer in your pressure cooker. 

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of the chicken, making sure to rearrange the pieces in a single layer on the bottom.

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Pour the salsa evenly over the chicken pieces.

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

If you’re using an Instant Pot, press the “Manual” button and the “—” button until the “30” on the display decreases to 7 minutes for chicken breasts and 10 minutes for thighs. (For those of you using a stovetop pressure cooker, lock the lid and crank the heat to high to bring the contents to high pressure. Once high pressure is reached, reduce the heat to low, or just enough to maintain high pressure. Set a timer for 6 minutes for breasts and 9 minutes for thighs.) 

When the chicken is finished cooking, immediately release the pressure manually. To deal with all the released steam, I normally move my Instant Pot to position it below the stovetop exhaust vent before I turn the valve, or I throw a kitchen towel on top.

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Remove the lid right away…

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and transfer the chicken to a bowl to prevent overcooking.

Use two forks to shred the chicken. Taste the cooking liquid and adjust with salt and pepper if necessary.

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Pour the cooking liquid on top of the chicken…

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and toss well to coat.

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Serve on top of your favorite grain-free tortillas or on lettuce wraps. Garnish with your favorite taco toppings and dig in!

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

If you’re hankering for more Mexican-inspired dishes, check out these recipes:


Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index! You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my Webby Award-Winning iPhone® and iPad® app, and in my New York Times-bestselling cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel 2013).

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