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Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken, easy, Instant Pot, quick, simple, weeknight
Servings: 6 servings


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup lime juice


  • Set Instant Pot to "Saute"
  • Saute onions in olive oil for about 3 minutes or until soft
  • Add garlic and saute one additional minute
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir to coat the chicken
  • Press "Cancel" on Instant Pot
  • Put lid on and set to "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" for 8 minutes, with "Keep Warm" function on
  • After cooking has finished, leave on "Keep Warm" for 10 minutes
  • Release steam and remove chicken to plate for shredding
  • Using two forks, shred the chicken, return to pot, and stir to coat with sauce
  • Enjoy on nachos, tacos, quesadillas, salads, or breakfast burritos