4-Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde

4-Ingredient Chicken Chile Verde made with an Instant Pot – you only need four ingredients and a pressure cooker to make this easy chile verde. This delicious chile verde is a weeknight dinner favorite!

chile verde in big bowl made with just 4 ingredients

Chile Verde in an Instant

We bought an Instant Pot on Black Friday because it is all the rage. We have friends that say it is a life-changing kitchen appliance. So we bought one to see what all of the fuss is about. To be honest, I haven’t played around with it, but Josh has and he is liking it. Josh is kind of nerdy when it comes to figuring out new gadgets….new appliances, tools, games, putting together furniture, etc. He likes to read all of the instructions and figure things out, but I don’t have the patience. So I put him in charge of mastering the Instant Pot. His favorite recipe so far is this easy 4-Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde.

pressure cooker chili verde made in 25 minutes

Chile Verde Made with only Four Ingredients

Josh likes this chile verde because it is SO easy to make, like almost too easy. You only need four ingredients: chicken, a jar of salsa verde, cumin, and garlic powder and just 25 minutes. Oh, and you need your trusty Instant Pot.

If you don’t know what an Instant Pot is, where have you been hiding? Ha! Just kidding. It is a 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker. It is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer and warmer, and it sautés and browns. It pretty much does everything. I guess that is why people love it. 

pressure cooker chili verde made in instant pot

Chicken Chile Verde in One Pot

Josh uses the Instant to pressure cook the chicken. It cooks the chicken in 25 minutes, which is much faster than a slow cooker. Josh actually has a recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde that he loves, but I think the Instant Pot has won him over because it takes no time or effort to make. Four ingredients and 25 minutes? This is the perfect weeknight meal. And the chicken is tender, juicy, and full of flavor.

And the best part? You can use this Chicken Chile Verde for SO many things! You can serve this chile verde with rice, quinoa, or tortillas. Or you can make burritos, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, salads, burrito bowls, fajita bowls, enchiladas, etc. Josh likes to use the chicken chile verde a few different ways during the week to mix up the boys meals. They love it too!

chicken chile verde in bowl ready to serve with tortillas

Pressure Cooker Chile Verde

If you are thinking about getting an Instant Pot, I guess you should do it because Josh says you have to make this easy 4-Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde. He said it is a weeknight dinner lifesaver. And if you have an Instant Pot, but are a little scared by it, like me, this is chile verde recipe is the one to start with because it is so easy and only requires four ingredients. You can’t mess it up!

Ok, now tell us, what are your favorite Instant Pot recipes? We want to try more! Leave your favorites in the comments! Also, any recipes you want us to create? Let us know!

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4-Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde

4.73 from 11 votes
This easy 4-Ingredient Chicken Chile Verde is a weeknight dinner favorite! It is great with rice, quinoa, or served with tortillas. You can also make tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, etc!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs. chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 16 ounces salsa verde
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Place the chicken in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Add the cumin, garlic powder, and salsa verde.
  2. Set cooker to high pressure for 25 minutes or on the Instant Pot press the poultry button.
  3. When the chicken is done cooking, quick release the pressure and shred the chicken in the pot with two forks. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve with tortillas, rice, use in burritos, quesadillas, tacos, salads, etc.
  4. Note-if you don't have an Instant Pot you can use a regular pressure cooker. The shredded chicken will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The shredded chicken can be frozen for up to 1 month.
Nutrition Facts
4-Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 719mg 30%
Potassium 712mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 4g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 10.4%
Vitamin C 5.7%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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