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instant pot chicken carnitas - slow cooker option too

Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas Recipe

  • Author: Michelle - Powered by Mom
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot


An easy to make and easy on your budget Instant Pot chicken carnitas that are full of flavour, will fill you up and are great as leftovers too!



  • 2 lbs Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Cracked Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 White Onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Serrano Peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Whole Orange, quartered
  • Water, as needed
  • Cooking Spray


Rinse and pat dry the chicken breast, then season with the salt and pepper, pressing the seasoning into the chicken. In a small dish, combine the oregano, cumin, and olive oil, then pat down into the chicken.

Place the chicken in the bottom of a 6-qt Instant Pot, then top with the onion, serrano peppers, and garlic. Squeeze the oranges over the chicken, then drop the rinds into the Instant Pot. If the orange is a little dry, add up to ΒΌ cup of water, so that the Instant Pot will seal properly.

Set the Instant Pot to MANUAL for 20 minutes, and once finished, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes before quick releasing.

Heat the broiler to high and place the rack towards the top of the oven. Gently shred the chicken inside the Instant Pot, then transfer to a sheet pan greased with cooking spray. Ladle some of the liquid over the chicken, then broil for 5-10 minutes, or until the chicken is brown and crisp. Serve in tortillas with your favorite garnishes and enjoy!


If you’d like to do these in the slow cooker instead cook chicken for 4 hours on medium or high depending on your slow cooker.

Keywords: chicken, instant pot, slow cooker, carnitas, chicken carnitas, chicken recipe, chicken dinner, dinner recipe

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