Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken {Paleo, Whole30}

Real, wholesome cooking doesn't get much simpler than Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken! Just a handful of simple, clean ingredients and a few minutes of cooking in your Instant Pot, and an amazing dinner is yours in no time...without having to break a sweat!

Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken {Paleo, Whole30}

I don't know what it is about spring, but I want to put salsa on all the things. 

Actually no. It is not just spring. It is all the time! Salsa has a wonderful way of bringing life (and spice) to some ho-hum dishes and is so versatile! Having a clean and delicious jar of salsa on hand (whether it is homemade or an awesome brand from the store) is a great way to make sure you are never feeling "blah" at meal time.

Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken {Paleo, Whole30}

My Healthy Baked Salsa Chicken is a household (and reader) favorite, but I wanted to find a way to add a little more veggie goodness into the mix and modify the recipe so it could be made in my handy dandy Instant Pot

Which is when Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken came to be! Super flavorful without needing oodles of spices and ingredients, this dish is so simple to throw together and can be enjoyed in so many ways! In tacos, over a salad, with roasted veggies or cauli rice, stuffed into a baked potatoes or simply as is...this recipe is like a party for your tastebuds...but barely any work!

Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken {Paleo, Whole30}

Suggested Adaptations

1. Use a salsa that reflects your spice preference! Do you and your family love to crank up the heat? More power to you! Use the hottest salsa you can find in this recipe! Are you serving this to little ones with sensitive taste buds? I suggest opting for a mild salsa so as not to overwhelm them! Use whatever your favorite salsa is and this recipe is sure to be a success for you!

2. Separate the spinach from the chicken.  Have someone at your dinner table who doesn't like everything mixed together? Or maybe a kiddo (or partner) who is warming up to the idea of veggies? Consider serving the chicken and spinach separately! Just use tongs to serve the chicken and spinach and separating them should be easy and messy-free!

Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken {Paleo, Whole30}
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Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken {Paleo, Whole30}
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Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken {Paleo, Whole30}

Super flavorful without needing oodles of spices and ingredients, this dish is so simple to throw together and can be enjoyed in so many ways! In tacos, over a salad, with roasted veggies or cauli rice, stuffed into a baked potatoes or simply as is...this recipe is like a party for your tastebuds...but barely any work!

prep time: 2 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 22 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite salsa
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 large handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and sliced  (optional)

instructions

  1. Season you chicken with salt & pepper.
  2. Place chicken in the Instant Pot and add the salsa and coconut oil. Stir a few times to combine and coat the chicken with everything. 
  3. Cook on HIGH pressure for 8 minutes. When the cook time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, quick release the rest of the pressure. 
  4. Carefully remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and place it in a large bowl. Use two forks to shred the chicken or use a stand mixer with a flat beater attachment (my personal favorite and makes the shredding process very quick). 
  5. Return shredded chicken to the Instant Pot. Add the roughly chopped spinach. Stir a few times to combine and place the lid back on the Instant Pot. Let the chicken/spinach sit for 4-5 minutes with the lid on, or until spinach has wilted.
  6. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
  7. Top with sliced avocado and enjoy in tacos, over a salad, with roasted veggies or cauli rice, stuffed into a baked potatoes or simply as is!

NOTES:

Suggested Adaptations 
1. Use a salsa that reflects your spice preference! Do you and your family love to crank up the heat? More power to you! Use the hottest salsa you can find in this recipe! Are you serving this to little ones with sensitive taste buds? I suggest opting for a mild salsa so not to overwhelm them! Use whatever your favorite salsa is and this recipe is sure to be a success for you!

2. Separate the spinach from the chicken.  Have someone at your dinner table who doesn't like everything mixed together? Or maybe a kiddo (or partner) who is warming up to the idea of veggies? Consider serving the chicken and spinach separately! Just use tongs to serve the chicken and spinach and separating them should be easy and messy-free!
Instant Pot Salsa & Spinach Shredded Chicken {Paleo, Whole30}