One Pot Chicken in Tomatillo Sauce

By October 13, 2012

Submitted by Glenn R.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes

Ingredients: Serves 4-6

  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 Kg of boneless/skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can green chiles (127 ml)
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro or 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 400 gms of tomatillos or salsa verde
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 200 gms Garbanzo beans
  • 400 gms leftover rice
  • 400 gms cheddar cheese
  • 200 ml chopped tomatoes
  • 100 ml black olives


Directions are for Instant Pot 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker.

  • Sauté onions until translucent in  oil.
  • When onions are translucent, sauté garlic for 15 seconds. Add chicken, chiles, cilantro (or coriander), tomatillos (or salsa verde), salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pressure cook on “Poultry” for 8 minutes, leave on keep warm for 3 minutes.
  • Release pressure. Remove chicken and break it up with forks.
  • Add garbanzo beans and rice, sautéing for 1 minute.
  • Return meat to reheat and stir in cheese.
  • Serve as meat course, with refried beans salad, and tortillas. Also can be used as a burrito filling. Garnish at the table with chopped tomatoes and black olives.

This is mild but savory.

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8 Responses to “One Pot Chicken in Tomatillo Sauce”

  1. Hilary says:

    Can you use frozen chicken chicken? And uncooked rice? Thanks!


    Donna Reply:

    Yes, you can use frozen chicken, it will just take a while longer to reach pressure, and the recipe calls for leftover rice, so pre-sooked, however, if you would add one cup of water for each one cup of uncooked rice, this might well work for you.


    Hilary Reply:

    Thanks! This is my first time using the instant pot! Would you say double the time for frozen?


    Donna Reply:

    No, no adjustment of cooking time is necessary, the Instant Pot will just take longer to reach pressure due to the frozen food, but once there, it should cook for the normal time.

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  2. Cath says:

    Do you do natural release?


    Donna Reply:

    The recipe says to cook on “Poultry” for 8 minutes, leave on “keep warm” for 3 minutes, and to then release pressure. Some might call this a “3 minute, natural release”.


  3. Lori says:

    Do you add water to the pot when cooking the chicken?


    Donna Reply:

    I think there is enough moisture in the veggies/salsa that the addition of water may not be necessary.


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