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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword cilantro lime chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 311 kcal


  • 2.5 lbs chicken breasts
  • 3 tsp chili powder (to season chicken)
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin (to season chicken)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander (to season chicken)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (to season chicken)
  • 24 oz mild/medium salsa
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 15 oz can low sodium black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  • 2 avocados (1/4 avocado per serving)
  • lite shredded mexican cheese
  • lime wedges
  • pico de gallo
  • green bell peppers, sauteed


  • white rice
  • romaine lettuce, chopped
  • tostadas or tortillas


  1. in a small mixing bowl or tupperware combine chili powder, cumin, coriander and salt. place chicken breasts in Instant Pot and season both sides with spices. 

    cilantro lime chicken mix spices together
  2. cover chicken with jalapeno, beans, salsa and 1 lime zested and juiced. 

    cilantro lime chicken top with salsa jalapeno beans and 1 lime zested juiced
  3. cover instant pot and make sure vent is sealed. Set IP for meat (or manually on pressure setting on high for 13 minutes). when done, use quick release method (press cancel and immediately release steam). 

    cilantro lime chicken ip set for 13 minutes
  4. remove chicken from pot and shred with claws or two forks. 

    cilantro lime chicken remove chicken from pot and shred w. claws or 2 forks
  5. put shredded chicken back into pot and add cilantro and juice of 1 lime. stir. 

    cilantro lime chicken add cilantro and lime juice stir and serve
  6. serve on top of rice, on top of lettuce (or both), or make tacos or place on top of tostadas. serve with sliced avocados, shredded cheese and lime wedges. 

    cilantro lime chicken final