Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken

I love this easy cilantro lime chicken recipe. It transforms salads, tacos, burrito bowls and wraps into the most epic meals ever. And in the Instant Pot (get yours here:, it’s fast and easy!

Cilantro lime chicken is cooked to tender perfection in a savory seasoned sauce. It delivers big flavor to otherwise boring chicken breasts. It’s a great way to revamp weeknight chicken into something amazing, and it goes start-to-fork in only 30 minutes.

This recipe is a wonderfully versatile, healthy staple that can be used in a huge variety of ways. It’s packed with protein and can easily be made in advance, making it perfect for both a last-minute meal or a week of amazing make-ahead lunches.

Pro Tip: The fastest way to shred the chicken is with a stand mixer, particularly if you are doubling or tripling the recipe for make-ahead meals or as a big crowd pleaser.

It delivers big flavor to otherwise boring chicken breasts.


Pot Mixture:

  • 3 cups fresh salsa (24 oz)
  • 1 1 oz package taco seasoning
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 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)


  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 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.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.