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Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde Recipe

This Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde tastes amazing and is so easy to make. Add a few ingredients into the instant pot and dinner is made in minutes. It doesn't get much better than that.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Chicken instant pot recipe, chile verde, easy dinner, Easy Instant Pot Recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 351kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • immersion blender


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 tomatillos quartered
  • 3 poblano peppers diced
  • 4 ounces green chili peppers 1 can
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • Worcestershire sauce dash
  • ½ cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • 3 limes for serving
  • 16 soft taco size tortillas for serving


  • Place chicken thighs, tomatillos, peppers, onion, garlic, cumin, and salt in an Instant Pot. Saute on high for 5-8 minutes, until chicken is lightly seared. Place lid on Instant Pot, seal, and cook manually on high pressure for 15 minutes. When finished, allow pressure to release naturally.
  • Remove chicken from pot and shred, then set aside.
  • Add cilantro and Worcestershire sauce to the remaining ingredients in the Instant Pot. Using an immersion blender (or transferring everything in the Instant Pot to a high-power blender), blend until sauce is smooth. Pour sauce over shredded chicken (as much or as little as you want).
  • Serve warm topped with cilantro, fresh squeezed lime juice, and tortillas.


This is a basic chicken recipe that you could put in multiple different Mexican dishes. Here are a few of our favorites:
How to turn this into a freezer meal:
  • Place chicken thighs, tomatillos, poblano peppers, green chilies, onion, garlic, cumin, and salt into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Place freezer bag into freezer and it will last up to 90 days.
  • When ready to use, dump ingredients from bag into Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup of water in with the frozen food. Place the lid on top, move the valve to SEALING, and press the MANUAL button. Set timer for 25 minutes. Do a 5 minute NATURAL RELEASE when the timer is done. Follow the rest of the instructions as written.


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 4mg