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Instant Pot Honey Cilantro Chicken www.lillieeatsandtells.com
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Instant Pot Smoky Honey Cilantro Chicken in 12 minutes

One of my favorite instant pot recipes yet. Adapted from Mels Kitchen Cafe.  So easy and delicious, ready to build a number of meals in just twelve minutes!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Servings: 11
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Lillie


  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • ½ a large white onion diced (I used 170 g)
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs liquid smoke sold at grocery stores near barbecue sauce.
  • 5 cloves garlic I always use the frozen dorot cubes.
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2.5 pounds thawed or fresh chicken breasts or tenderloins I always prefer tenderloins.


  • Mix together everything but the chicken.
  • Combine sauce and chicken in instant pot. Close and set to manual for 12 minutes.  I let the steam release naturally for ten minutes or so and then open it (if it doesn't open easily, wait a few more minutes).
  • Shred, toss in juices, and stir in ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro.
  • OR cook in slow cooker on low 'till tender about 6-7 hours.


Serving: 113grams (4 oz) | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.7g | Protein: 20.7g | Fat: 1.4g