Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken is an easy healthy meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes! Great for tacos, salads, rice bowls, or just plain! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 272 kcal


  • 24 ounces salsa, whatever type you like
  • 1 package reduced sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 lime juiced and zested
  • 1/4 cup water or stock
  • 1 can reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • handful fresh cilantro, chopped

Options for serving and garnish

  • cooked white rice, serve chicken on top
  • flour tortillas, serve like tacos
  • corn tortillas, serve like tacos
  • cooked quinoa, place chicken on top
  • limes, squeezed
  • colby jack cheese, shredded


  1. Using at least a 6qt instant pot, add all ingredients for the chicken into the pot, except the cilantro. Close the lid, seal the pressure valve, then set on manual/high for 15 minutes.

  2. Once the time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes (don't touch it), then manually release the rest of the pressure (by flipping the valve). Remove lid.

  3. Shred the chicken breast (either remove and shred or shred in pot using 2 forks); then add the cilantro into the pot. Stir everything together to coat.

  4. Serve as desired, top with desired garnishes. 

Recipe Notes

To make in slow cooker: add everything except garnishes to slow cooker. Close lid and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 5 hours. Remove lid, shred chicken, add cilantro and stir to coat. Serve.

Nutrition (with beans) per serving (6), not including garnishes:

272 calories, 4g fat, 27g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 2g sugar, 33g protein. 

Weight Watchers Smart Points: 6 points per serving